Thompson & Horton LLP

Providing Exceptional Quality and Personalized Legal Representation -- Thompson & Horton LLP is a full-service law firm dedicated to providing the highest quality, personalized legal representation to schools, institutions of higher education, local governments, and private businesses with public law, public policy, and employment law interests.  The firm provides clients, large and small, with a broad range of services including counseling and problem prevention, litigation defense, state and federal appeals, business and real estate transactions, and legislative services.  We offer large-firm legal experience and quality while providing the responsiveness and cost-effectiveness of a smaller firm.

T&H is a certified minority-owned and women-owned business -- one of the largest in the state providing legal services to governmental and educational entities.  Our diversity reflects our commitment to our community and provides a foundation of experience and perspective that enhances the delivery of quality legal services to our diverse client base.

news & events

Thompson & Horton announces Jim Nelson, former Commissioner of Education, will join the firm to continue building our Austin practice.  Jim possesses a wealth of experience in both public education and the legal community.  Click here for the full news release.

Partners David Thompson and Philip Fraissinet are currently in trial in the School Finance Case in Austin, Texas.  Thompson and Fraissinet are lead trial counsel for the Fort Bend ISD Group which includes 85 School Districts.  Please visit our litigation website for updated information about the lawsuit, the Fort Bend ISD Group and the history of lawsuits of this kind in Texas.  Click here for the website.

On February 4, 2013, the Trial Court Ruled School Finance System Unconstitutional.  See press release here.

Partner Chris Borreca has co-authored a chapter in a new three-volume series published by the American Psychological Association.  His chapter is entitled Legal Issues in Educational Testing, co-authored with Dr. Gail M. Cheramie and Dr. Elizabeth A. Borreca (In K. Geissinger (Ed.), APA Handbook of Testing and Assessment in Psychology, Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association (2013)). Click here for more details.


Upcoming Speeches

Partner Chris Gilbert will be speaking at Education Law Association Spring 2014 Seminar regarding Students Say the Darnedest Things: An Update on Student Free Speech Rights on March 28, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Partner Lisa Brown will be speaking at Education Law Association Spring 2014 Seminar regarding Complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act on March 28, 2014 at 9:50 a.m.

Partner Lisa McBride will be speaking at Education Law Association Spring 2014 Seminar regarding Employee Rights and Employer Obligations Under the FMLA and the ADA on March 28, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.

Partner Janet Horton will be speaking at Education Law Association Spring 2014 Seminar regarding Making Defensible Employment Decisions on March 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

Associate Amber King will be speaking at Education Law Association Spring 2014 Seminar regarding A Year in Review: Discussion of 2013 Special Education Hearing Officer Decisions and Lessons Learned on March 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Partners Janet Horton and Chris Borreca will be speaking at the 2014 Texas School Alliance meeting regarding Update on Legislative Issues: MOE, federal legislation, and preparing for the next Texas legislative session on April 10, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.