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Tom Kirkendall
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Attended University of Houston
Lives in The Woodlands, TX (north of Houston)
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Trials and Appeals in Complex Business Litigation
  • Law Office of Tom Kirkendall
    Owner, 2000 - present
  • Kirkendall & Isgur, LLP
    Managing Partner, 1981 - 2000
  • Hirsch & Westheimer, P.C.
    Associate, 1979 - 1981
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The Woodlands, TX (north of Houston)
Houston, TX - Iowa City, Iowa
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2 Violetta Ct, The Woodlands, TX 77381-4550
Bold in thought, precise in speech, moderate in action.

I am a lawyer in the Houston, Texas area who has practiced in complex business litigation matters for over 30 years. I represent a wide variety of clients in business-related lawsuits and corporate reorganizations in federal and state courts throughout Texas and the United States.

My practice consists of primarily trials and appeals in such diverse litigation areas as corporate reorganization and bankruptcy, oil and gas, business fraud, defense of civil and criminal contempt as well as sanctions cases, anti-trust, securities fraud, real estate, construction, insurance disputes, civil rights, First Amendment issues, and defense of coaches and players in NCAA Infractions Committee hearings. My website is here.

Since early 2004, I have maintained the Houston's Clear Thinkers blog, which addresses issues of interest to the Houston legal, business, and medical communities. Among other issues, I have advocated through my blog against the troubling use of the government's overwhelming prosecutorial power to regulate and deter business risk-taking that creates wealth for investors and jobs for communities.

I have been married to the lovely Susan Schearer Kirkendall since 1983. We reside in The Woodlands, Texas, which is a suburban community 30 miles north of downtown Houston.

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Four children and one grandchild, plus nine brothers and sisters, and dozens of nieces and nephews. Family gatherings are fun!
  • University of Houston
    B.A., Political Science & Economics; Juris Doctorate, 1973 - 1979
  • University of Iowa
    1971 - 1972
  • University of Texas at Austin
    1972 - 1973
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One of my favorite Texas singer-songwriters -- David Ramirez -- is releasing a new album. Check out this live audio of "Stone" from the album:
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Being pro-market does not mean being pro-business. Crony capitalism distorts the efficiency of markets:
Houston and the rest of the U.S. Gulf Coast have more crude oil than the region can handle.
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The myth that you can't get too much exercise is hard to shake:
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Another sad story resulting from the myth that endurance exercise is good for people's health:
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Has there ever been a player who has done less to deserve a shot at playing in the NBA than Royce White?:
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Why runners can't eat whatever they want

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Babe, Jackie, Jobe

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James B. Stewart: How a Top Law Firm Destroyed Itself

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The fight that made Muhammad Ali was 50 years ago Tuesday

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Don Howard and Mark P. Mills: Punch the Accelerator on Self-Driving Cars

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Holman Jenkins: A Private Railroad Is Born

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Bret Stephens: Robert Gates's Dereliction of 'Duty'

In The Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens writes that serving as secretary of defense is an honor that Robert Gates is treating as a burden.

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Economist Donald Boudreaux offers a thought experiment on income inequality and the inequality of leisure time.

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Journal rock and pop music critic Jim Fusilli on the lasting influence of the Everly Brothers' Phil Everly.

Will Lady Edith finally find happiness? An interview with Julian Fellowes

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Our most recent visit was pleasant. Our steaks were of high quality and cooked as requested. This is essentially a prime rib, steak and burger place that has a sports bar feel to it. A good place for an informal business lunch or dinner.
Food: Very goodDecor: ExcellentService: Very good
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reviewed a year ago
Sort of a neighborhood t'afia, smaller and not as polished. However, our first visit was a success overall. The roasted cauliflower appetizer was creative and tasty, and the crab cake (an appetizer or an entree) was delicious. The service is friendly and trying hard, and the chef came by to ask how we liked our food. Definitely worth a return visit.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Great location in Market Street in The Woodlands, but not a great restaurant. The menu provides reasonable variety, but is heavy on potato, rice and corn sides. The "signature" appetizer (always recommended by the waiters) -- potato chips smothered with blue-cheese -- is so unhealthy that it borders on disgusting. The service is nice and enthusiastic, although not always timely and efficient. The food is generally well-cooked and you can get a good meal here if you are willing to mix and match a bit from the menu. But the emphasis on high-margin starchy sides and appetizers places this restaurant a clear step or two below the best restaurants in The Woodlands.
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Food: GoodDecor: ExcellentService: Good
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reviewed a year ago