Thompson & Knight Names Emily Parker As Managing Partner

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 15:44

Thompson & Knight LLP has announced that Emily A. Parker has been named managing partner of the firm effective February 15. Ms. Parker, the first female attorney hired by Thompson & Knight, in 1973, has previously served as a practice group leader and hiring partner, as well as two terms on the firm’s management committee. From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Parker was deputy chief counsel and later acting chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, where she was ultimately responsible for all legal matters within the IRS and leadership of the agency's more than 1,500 attorneys. She succeeds Jeffrey A. Zlotky, who has led the 350-attorney firm since 2009 and will resume full-time his nationally renowned private equity practice specializing in the energy industry.

In addition to her new duties, Ms. Parker will continue to serve clients and maintain her nationally respected practice in the area of corporate taxation and litigation. She has represented large corporate taxpayers in a number of landmark cases in the energy industry and the area of estate taxation. Her 2010 victory in Container Corp. v. Commissioner resulted in Thompson & Knight being named the “U.S. Tax Court Firm of the Year” by International Tax Review. In response to the Tax Court’s decision in that case and because of concerns about the potential loss of revenue resulting from the ruling, the U.S. Congress amended the underlying law.

During her career, Ms. Parker has been recognized in a wide range of business and legal publications, most recently being named as 2012 Dallas Litigation & Controversy-Tax Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America®. She has held numerous leadership positions for local, state and national bar organizations, including service as vice chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Taxation. She has also served as a community volunteer for Dallas CASA, the Child Abuse Prevention Center, and Easter Seals of Dallas.


Thompson & Knight LLP has announced its inclusion in the 12th edition of the GCR 100 ranking by Global Competition Review (“GCR”), a guide to the world’s leading competition law practices. For the second consecutive year, the firm is listed in the Texas chapter of the GCR 100 as one of the top competition firms in Dallas. 

“We are grateful to be recognized in the GCR 100 ranking again this year,” commented Gregory S.C. Huffman, Antitrust partner at Thompson & Knight. “Thompson & Knight is committed to producing great results for our valued clients and we are pleased to be acknowledged in this prestigious ranking for our strong antitrust and competition work.”


Partner Ricky A. Raven has been appointed to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for the State of Texas. Mr. Raven will serve a six-year term, which begins this year.

Mr. Raven is a Partner in Thompson & Knight’s Trial Practice Group in Houston, where he focuses his practice on civil litigation, toxic tort, products liability, personal injury and white collar criminal defense. He has more than 25 years of experience in the resolution of complex litigation involving multiple plaintiffs and multiple defendants, as well as in handling single-party disputes, and he has first-chaired more than 100 jury trials to verdict.

Mr. Raven is a member of Thompson & Knight’s Houston Office Executive Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is involved in numerous professional and civic organizations and has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc., Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters, and Lawdragon 500 “Leading Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon Inc. for multiple years. He is actively involved in numerous professional and civic organizations including Houston Bar Foundation, fellow; Texas Association of Defense Counsel, member; University of Houston Alumni Association, chairman of the board; CSTEM, Chairman of the Board; Ronald McDonald House of Houston, board member; Houston Zoo, board member; Yellowstone Academy, board member; City of Houston Police Officers Civil Service Commission, commissioner; and the University of Texas School of Public Health Advisory Council, member.