Veteran Houston Energy Trial Lawyer Paul Mitchell Joins Hicks Thomas

HOUSTON – Noted trial lawyer Paul L. Mitchell has joined Houston-based litigation boutique Hicks Thomas LLP where he will boost the firm’s already impressive courtroom heft with his strong record of representing clients in the oil and gas sector. Mr. Mitchell, who joined the firm July 1 as a partner, has a wealth of experience with energy clients from the super-majors to smaller independents. He also brings considerable experience advising companies involved in government investigations and in navigating issues raised by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. His move reunites him with longtime friend, Hicks Thomas co-founder John B. Thomas. The two clerked together at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1986-87.

It only took us 30 years, Mr. Thomas said. Paul is a true trial lawyer and we are delighted that he has joined the team. Our clients know that having an attorney who knows how to try a case means they have more strength at the bargaining table. Mr. Mitchell has spent the last nine years of his career as a partner in the Litigation Section of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP. But he got his start at another Texas legal powerhouse, Baker Botts LLP, where he was a partner in the Trial Department. To learn more about Mr. Mitchell, visit:

Hicks Thomas is the ideal spot for me. John is an exceptional lawyer, and over the years, I’ve even tried cases against other lawyers at the firm. I’ve seen firsthand the quality of the Hicks Thomas team, Mr. Mitchell said. I’m excited to be working at a firm that is capable of trying big cases, while remaining very nimble in responding to the evolving needs of our clients.Mr. Mitchell has prosecuted and defended cases involving oil and gas disputes, copyright litigation, breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty. He also has advised companies under regulatory scrutiny. Founded in 1997, Texas-based Hicks Thomas LLP is a premier litigation firm representing plaintiffs and defendants across the nation. With offices in Houston, Austin, Beaumont and Amarillo, the firm provides in-depth experience in cases involving oil and gas, environmental, complex commercial, toxic tort, construction, products liability, corporate governance, securities, banking, insurance coverage, transportation, trade secrets and business litigation. Visit the firm at

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