Steve is a Partner in the Real Estate and Banking Practice Group in Thompson & Knight LLP's Houston office. He represents clients ranging from individual entrepreneurs to large private and public companies in a broad range of real estate and related transactions. Steve assists investors, developers, owners, and users in all aspects of real estate development, entity formation, acquisition, finance, construction, leasing and property management. He also provides general advice and counsel in structuring, negotiating, documenting, and coordinating a wide variety of commercial transactions. Having previously served as president and CEO of a major real estate development company, Steve blends his legal expertise with a pragmatic understanding of the complex business issues involved in sophisticated real estate transactions.
Steve has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. and Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters since 2005.
Jim serves as Thompson & Knight LLP's Austin Office Leader and Firm-wide Environmental Practice Group Leader. He focuses his practice on environmental permitting; compliance counseling; facility siting, including wetlands and endangered species work; legislative lobbying; and administrative and judicial litigation before local, state, and federal environmental agencies and state and federal courts. He has extensive experience in counseling clients in environmental risk management, including the design and implementation of environmental auditing programs and environmental management systems, and in the investigation and disclosure of environmental liabilities and contingencies. Jim also has significant experience in litigation involving the investigation and remedy of complex sites including the development and presentation of risk based solutions to contamination.
Jim has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. since 1989 and Chambers USA by Chambers & Parters since 2004.
Charlene is an Attorney in Thompson & Knight LLP's Austin office as well as the Executive Director of Keeping PACE in Texas. She focuses her practice on federal and state government affairs. Charlene has extensive experience in advocacy and lobbying a wide variety of issues before federal and State of Texas legislatures, executive branch officials, and independent agencies. Her specific areas of expertise include energy and water efficiency, renewable energy, real estate, telecommunications, trade protection, intellectual property, redistricting, bankruptcy, antitrust, federal courts, constitutional law, criminal justice, and oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Charlene’s prior experience includes serving as Vice President and Washington Counsel of ABC, Inc., Executive Director of the Morton and Angela Topfer Family Foundation, and Minority General Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Leader, among various other U.S. Congress staff positions.