Government Entities

Thompson & Horton is an industry leader in the representation of government entities, including cities, schools, and other special purpose districts. We work closely with in-house lawyers to resolve the complex issues unique to our public clients. Our attorneys have deep knowledge in the diverse areas that impact a public entity, including those relating to corporate law, employment law, litigation, policy-making, compliance, real estate, business transactions, and governance. We understand and appreciate the political environment and the financial constraints under which government entities operate.

In addition to having decades of combined experience in public law, Thompson & Horton attorneys stay up to date on new technologies, trends, and best practices to adapt to our clients’ ever changing needs. We focus on staffing our firm with well-rounded, highly skilled attorneys. Our partners have earned statewide reputations for their courtroom and legislative advocacy, expertise in business transactions, and personalized attentive service. Our firm includes a former City Attorney for the City of Houston, a former Texas Education Agency general counsel, a former district court judge, a former associate general counsel for the Office of the White House, a former student regent at the University of Houston, and former federal judicial law clerks.

The firm provides clients with a broad range of services, including counseling and problem prevention, trials and appeals in state and federal court, business and real estate transactions, and legislative services. We give candid appraisals to clients regarding the law, the risks, and the options available in each situation.

Our attorneys have been involved in significant court cases on some of the most pressing and high-profile issues in public law and have considerable experience with complex business transactions. Our firm has represented a Texas university in high-profile multi-party federal litigation involving significant Title IX issues, a school district in a very public challenge to its teacher evaluation system, and a school district in a student lawsuit in federal court that drew national attention. Our attorneys have argued major school finance cases in the Texas Supreme Court, prevailed in high-profile employment cases at the federal and state level that have impacted the judicial standards applied, assisted colleges and school districts with the acquisition of property for large public development projects, and advised a client on one the largest public bond projects in Texas history.

Our firm is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all attorneys and staff feel involved, respected, and empowered to succeed. Thompson & Horton is certified by the City of Houston as a Minority and Women Owned Enterprise (MWBE).