Super Lawyers® has recognized two Butler Snow attorneys in its 2020 edition of Texas Super Lawyers®. Katie A. Fillmore was named to Texas Rising Stars for personal injury: products – defense and Karson K. Thompson was named to Texas Rising Stars for business litigation. Fillmore and Thompson both work in the firm’s Austin, Texas office.
“We congratulate Katie and Karson on their selection as Rising Stars by Texas Super Lawyers,” said Christopher R. Maddux, chair of Butler Snow. “Their commitment to providing exceptional client service is evidenced by this honor, and we are proud that others within the Texas legal community have recognized their abilities and contributions to their respective practices.”
Super Lawyers® is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous process, including a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. Only 5% of lawyers in each state or region are named to the Super Lawyers® list and no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers® identifies Rising Stars as those attorneys, 40 years old or younger, who have made exceptional contributions in a particular practice area for 10 years or less.
Fillmore is a member of Butler Snow’s pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare group and focuses her practice on the defense of manufacturers in mass tort product liability litigation in both state and federal courts. Fillmore also has experience in product liability litigation, commercial litigation, discovery coordination and eDiscovery and appellate and advanced motions. Prior to private practice, Fillmore clerked for Judge George C. Hanks, Jr. on the Texas First District Court of Appeals in Houston and served as Policy Attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas.
Fillmore holds leadership roles in Texas Young Lawyers Association, Austin Young Lawyers Association and Defense Research Institute. She received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas and her Juris Doctor from Baylor University.
Thompson is a trial lawyer and member of Butler Snow’s litigation department, where he practices in the commercial litigation group. He has extensive experience with federal motion practice and procedure, drawing upon his work at one of the nation’s busiest federal courts while clerking for the Honorable Sam Sparks at the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.
Thompson serves on the board of directors of the Austin chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Kansas and his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law.