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.
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