About the Firm


Hankinson LLP is an appellate law firm with a uniquely strategic approach to the practice of appellate law that spans all phases of litigation. Because most of our attorneys began their careers as trial lawyers, we are acutely aware of the ways in which decisions made during discovery and at trial impact an appeal. This is one of the reasons that we are recognized not only for our prowess in all aspects of the post-trial realm, but also as a strategic resource during the pretrial and trial phases of a lawsuit. Our command of appellate law and strategy is the culmination of years of courtroom experience, numerous appearances before federal and state appellate courts, and many close working relationships with clients and other lawyers.

Our attorneys offer a complementary array of backgrounds that provide deep value. Two of our attorneys are former members of the judiciary. Deborah Hankinson is well known as a former Texas Supreme Court Justice whose stature in the appellate community is matched by her role as a sought-after mediator and arbitratorJoe Morris, a twenty-year veteran of the Dallas Court of Appeals who also served as a Texas state district court judge, has broad knowledge of all facets of the trial and appeals process.


Each of the additional attorneys at our firm brings equally impressive – and varied – credentials.  Rick Thompson held a key position in the Solicitor General’s office of the Attorney General of Texas and has first-chair experience handling state and federal appeals. Brett Kutnick, who has substantial expereince in all phases of business litigation, assists clients in appeals relating to complex business disputes.  In addition to having a command of Texas Supreme Court procedures, Jennifer Stagen frequently works with oil and gas companies on appellate and litigation matters.  And Stephanie Dooley Nelson’s appellate background includes jurisdictional challenges, mandamus petitions, and interlocutory appeals that often involve thorny procedural issues.

For us, the whole is even greater than the sum of the parts.