Robert Thackston Elected Chairman of HPTY’s Executive Committee

July 25, 2017
Dallas, Texas

DALLAS, July 25, 2017 – Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP (HPTY), a national litigation firm, is pleased to announce the election of Robert E. Thackston as chairman of the firm’s executive committee. He will lead the firm’s strategic direction and head an executive team that oversees 10 offices with 160 attorneys and 225 professional staff.

“It is an honor to be elected chairman by my partners,” said Thackston. “I look forward to working with our leadership team to continue offering the highest quality legal services at better values than the largest firms can offer. Fortunately we have abundant managerial talent so I can take on the chairman’s role without negative impact on my litigation practice.” 

Thackston has tried cases all over the country ranging from product liability defense to commercial disputes. He also advises some of the country’s largest manufacturing concerns on litigation strategy and risk management. Licensed in 6 states from California to New York, Thackston began his product liability practice with McGuireWoods in Richmond, Virginia in 1987. In 1993, he moved to Dallas, Texas to be more centrally located for a national practice. He was a partner at Jenkens & Gilchrist until 2003 when he opened a Dallas office for what would become Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young. Since then, he has led a westward expansion that includes offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Outside of the courtroom, Thackston dedicates himself to the professional development and continuing education of attorneys and legal service providers. He created Thackston Farm in East Texas for an ideal atmosphere for group meetings and retreats. In addition to internal training, the firm hosts client meetings to allow for a client’s geographically dispersed team members to develop consistent strategies and build chemistry.

Thackston obtained his Juris Doctor, with honors, and bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He is licensed in California, Texas, New York, Illinois, Virginia, and North Carolina.

About Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP

Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP is a national defense litigation firm that has represented many of the largest and most well-known companies in high-risk litigation and business disputes. The 250-strong litigation team works with clients to develop winning defense strategies and, if necessary, try cases to verdict in all 50 states.


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