Hankinson LLP is an appellate law firm with a uniquely strategic approach to the practice of appellate law that spans all phases of litigation. Because most of our attorneys began their careers as trial lawyers, we are acutely aware of the ways in which decisions made during discovery and at trial impact an appeal. This is one of the reasons that we are recognized not only for our prowess in all aspects of the post-trial realm, but also as a strategic resource during the pretrial and trial phases of a lawsuit. Our command of appellate law and strategy is the culmination of years of courtroom experience, numerous appearances before federal and state appellate courts, and many close working relationships with clients and other lawyers. We are appellate advocates and strategists who bring value to all stages of a lawsuit.
Our attorneys offer a complementary array of backgrounds that provide deep value. Deborah Hankinson is well known as a former Texas Supreme Court Justice whose stature as a state and federal appeals attorney is augmented by her role as a sought-after mediator and arbitrator. Joe Morris, a twenty-year veteran of the Dallas Court of Appeals who also served as a Texas state district court judge, has deep knowledge of all facets of the trial and appeals process. Rick Thompson held a key position in the Solicitor General’s office of the Attorney General of Texas and has first-chair experience handling state and federal appeals. Brett Kutnick and Jennifer Stagen, who have extensive experience in all phases of business litigation, frequently assist clients in appeals relating to complex business disputes. Stephanie Dooley Nelson‘s appellate background includes jurisdictional challenges, mandamus petitions, and interlocutory appeals that often involve thorny procedural issues.
For us, the whole is even greater than the sum of the parts.