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by Robert Tharp at 10:32:24 am

Law firms dust off in Ike's path of destruction
Attorneys survive on their ability to nimbly react to the legal task at hand. If they hadn't done so already, lawyers and law firms along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast
got a lesson in the importance of being able to adapting to a changing physical environment as well, returning to work in a region paralyzed by Hurricane Ike. From solo attorneys operating from their cars to international firms like Thompson & Knight, attorneys returned to work this week to ravaged landscape with unique logistical challenges. As Texas Lawyer reported, Thompson & Knight LLP was functioning and touching base with Houston-area clients by Monday morning. The firm quickly pulled together a task force to responsd to issues posed by the storm's destruction, such as insurance claims, landlord-tenant provisions and labor and employment maters.

"I'm very pleased that we have been able to move quickly to resume a level of normal business operations," Houston managing partner Dallas Parker said. "Our attorneys already have been able to respond to some pressing business demands of our clients related to the current issues in the financial markets as well as to offer counsel on matters stemming from Hurricane Ike. Like thousands of others in the areas affected, many of our Houston employees are coping with the personal needs of their homes and families... We are encouraging our workforce to continue working remotely and follow the direction of local and state officials in safely returning to downtown."