Thomas Kniest is a commercial litigator and focuses his practice in the representation of multi-family owners, developers and managers and in the representation of banks, financial institutions, and loan servicers. He has experience as a trial counsel in both state and federal courts nationwide. In the multi-family area, Thomas assists his clients in a broad range of residential landlord/tenant issues including evictions, fair housing matters, code enforcement, vendor disputes, and premises liability issues. With regard to his banking and servicing clients, Thomas' practice focuses on collection and deficiency litigation, general contract disputes, deceptive trade practice claims, and fair debt collection practice claims. His career has included representing clients in complex, multi-party, and multi-jurisdictional cases at both trial and appellate court levels.
- Commercial Litigation
- Loan Servicing Litigation
- Landlord/Tenant Disputes
- Banking and Financial services
- Multi-Family Residential Development, Investment and Management
- Loan Servicing
- Banking and Financial Services
- Thomas has tried numerous jury and bench trials before state and federal courts as both a first and second chair.
- Thomas has represented several Multi-Family Residential Management companies in fair housing and ADA matters, and vendor disputes.
- J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2011)
- Executive Director, SMU Science & Technology Law Review
- B.A. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Dallas (2008)
Bar and Court Admissions
- Texas 2011
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Previous Professional Experience
- Waters & Kraus, LLP (2009 – 2014)
- Associate. Civil litigation practice focused on mass torts with experience in premise liability, product liability, and toxic torts.
Professional Memberships and Associations
- Dallas Bar Association
- Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
- Texas Apartment Association