Thomas W. Kniest II

972 759 1446
972 375 3244 (FAX)

tkniest@higierallen.com

2711 North Haskell Ave
Suite 2400
Dallas, Texas 75204
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Thomas W. Kniest II Associate

Thomas Kniest practices in the firm’s litigation section. He has experience as a trial counsel in both state and federal courts nationwide. His career has included representing clients in complex, multi-party, and multi-jurisdictional cases at both trial and appellate court levels. His practice focuses primarily in the area of real estate litigation counseling and representing both commercial and residential real estate management companies and investors, and financial institutions. He has handled all types of commercial and residential landlord/tenant litigation, including: fair housing and litigation under the Fair Housing Amendments Act, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, collections, premises liability, disputes over security deposits, repair and remedy, breach of lease, and many others. Mr. Kniest also routinely counsels and represents clients in fair housing investigations by HUD and by state and local agencies in Texas and throughout the country. Mr. Kniest has extensive experience litigating evictions, from the Justice Court level to the appellate level, and regularly appears before state trial courts on eviction appeals in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding counties.

Mr. Kniest also represents banks, financial institutions, and lenders in all stages of collection, beginning with initial demand and negotiations through litigation and post-litigation collection.

Mr. Kniest was named a “Texas Rising Star” in 2016 by the Texas Super Lawyers and publishers of Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazine.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Multi-family Housing
  • Real Estate
  • Banking and Financial Services Litigation

Industries

  • Multi-Family Residential Development, Investment and Management
  • Banking and Financial Institutions

Publications, Articles & Presentations

  • The Attorney Immunity Doctrine, Texas minimum continuing legal education course, 2016.
  • Common Legal Issues in Property Management and Best Practices, presented in 2016.

Representative Experience

  • The Inclusive Communities Project v. Lincoln Property Company, et al., 2017 WL 3498335 (N.D. Tex. 2017) – Successfully defended property management company in the first nationwide litigation interpreting and applying the disparate impact theory of fair housing discrimination.
  • Bonds v. Towers at University Town Center, et al., Cause No. 4:14-cv-02186 (S.D. Tex. 2014) Successfully defended landlord and property management company in a dispute regarding the constitutionality of Maryland’s eviction statutes.
  • Successfully defended apartment complex and property management company in ongoing litigation from Justice Court to the Supreme Court of Texas with former tenant regarding various issues involving landlord\tenant and personal injury law.

Education

  • B.A. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Dallas (2008)
  • J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2011)
  • Executive Director, SMU Science & Technology Law Review

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Texas 2011
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
  • National Hispanic Bar Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Bar Association