School Law Firm Thompson & Horton Opens New Dallas Office.


HOUSTON, TEXAS, December 16, 2015 / -- Long a leader in the field of education and public law in the State of Texas, Thompson & Horton LLP is expanding to North Texas, effective January 1, 2016, with the opening of its Dallas office.

The Dallas office will join Thompson & Horton’s Houston and Austin offices in solidifying the firm’s statewide presence as one of the premier law firms serving public and private schools, institutions of higher education, charter schools, local governments, and private businesses.  The Dallas office will be led by four highly skilled practitioners with reputations for legal excellence, professionalism, and attentive representation.  The Dallas office will be managed by Partner Carlos Lopez, a highly regarded litigator and former Dallas district court judge, along with Partners Dianna Bowen and Kathryn Long, both of whom bring a wealth of experience as litigators and trusted counsel to numerous educational institutions throughout North Texas.  They will be joined by Counsel J. David Giddens, who has extensive experience in advising and representing educational entities in a variety of matters.

Carlos Lopez was a shareholder at Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein where he was the chair of the firm’s school law group.  Carlos previously served on the bench as a state district court and county court judge.  In 2000, he was named Judge of the Year by the Dallas chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He is a 1991 graduate of Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Carlos focuses his litigation practice on representing school districts and governmental entities in grievances, administrative hearings, litigation and appeals at all levels of Texas state courts as well as federal courts in the Fifth Circuit. He also represents individuals and businesses in commercial litigation including defense against misappropriation of trade secret claims, enforcement and defense of non-competition litigation, contractual and fraud based disputes and DTPA matters.  Carlos also is a highly respected Arbitrator and member of the AAA's nationwide Large/Complex Case panel. He maintains a robust mediation practice and has successfully mediated several hundred cases involving all of the above types of litigation and disputes.

Dianna Bowen most recently was a partner in the Dallas office of Fisher & Phillips LLP and previously served in the School Law Group of Bracewell & Giuliani.  Dianna has successfully represented public school districts, charter schools, independent schools, and public and private colleges and universities on a wide range of school law issues, including personnel, discrimination, student discipline, students with disabilities, public information, open meetings, civil rights, sexual harassment, and privacy rights. Dianna also counsels and advises administrators in formulating preventive strategies, drafting personnel policies and procedures, and training employees in all areas of school and employment law.  Dianna is a 1999 honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and has been named a Texas “Rising Star” by Texas Lawyer.

Kathryn Long, a 2003 graduate of Southern Methodist University School of Law, was previously a shareholder at Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein.  She has extensive experience representing school districts and governmental entities in grievances, administrative hearings, and litigation and appeals in Texas state and federal courts in employment cases and civil rights cases.  Ms. Long also has represented individuals, small businesses, and large corporations in a variety of commercial litigation including contract disputes, construction litigation, fiduciary litigation, premises liability, and products liability claims.   Katie has been named a Texas “Rising Star” by Texas Lawyer.

J. David Giddens, a 2006 graduate of Baylor Law School, joins Thompson & Horton LLP from Fisher & Phillips LLP.  David has experience handling a wide range of employment and school law issues including advising school leaders and board members on state and federal law, grievances, personnel matters, contracts, and policies. He also handles litigation related to the non-renewal and termination of contract employees as well as claims of alleged discrimination and retaliation in state and federal court and before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. David’s practice focuses on litigation as well as preventive services for employers such as drafting and revising employment policies/procedures and providing training for personnel.

“We are so pleased that these talented and experienced attorneys are joining Thompson & Horton LLP. We look forward to working together to provide quality legal services to Dallas and North Texas school districts and other entities.” said Houston partner, David Thompson.

The new office is located at: 500 North Akard Street, Suite 2550 | Dallas, Texas 75201 and the main office number is 972-853-5115.


Onyinyechi Okoro
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About Thompson & Horton |

Thompson & Horton LLP is a full-service law firm with offices in Houston and Austin that serves 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. The firm offers large-firm legal experience and quality while providing the responsiveness and cost-effectiveness of a smaller firm. The attorneys are highly regarded and sought as public speakers at state and national legal conferences on school and public law issues because of their dedication 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.