Tom Countryman, Of Counsel, is McNelis + Associates’ Senior Trial Attorney. Tom has spent over 30 years developing and trying complex commercial cases in a wide variety of state and national jurisdictions. His primary practice priority is understanding his clients’ businesses and goals and utilizing technology in the courtroom to present clients’ positions in the most understandable and efficient manner. He has extensive experience in effectively organizing and managing large, document intensive and personnel intensive projects, and in developing creative responses to difficult problems. Moreover, his attention to detail and affinity for technical issues enables him to work effectively with expert witnesses and consultants.

Tom’s extensive litigation practice currently focuses on construction and property tax litigation and exemptions, and he works with technical experts across a wide spectrum of related specialities. Tom has represented a wide variety of major contractors and subcontractors, power producers, manufacturers, financial institutions, oil and gas developers and health care providers. He has experience in lien creation, preservation and enforcement, as well as in sequestrations, garnishments, injunctions, foreclosures, receiverships, bankruptcy adversary proceedings and unfair competition and trade secret disputes. Tom also has experience in the drafting and analysis of construction agreements, development contracts and plans and specifications, and in evaluating design and workmanship quality and related processes and issues.

Tom was Senior Counsel in Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s San Antonio office, where he practiced for over twenty-six years with the disputes group. His work there included a diverse range of professional and commercial litigation disputes; expert and associate training and mentoring; and a particular expertise in privilege law and analysis.

Tom received his BS, summa cum laude, in Criminal Justice from Texas Christian University in 1979, and his JD from Baylor Law School in 1982. In law school, Tom was a Brown-Lupton Scholar. As an undergraduate, he was a Chancellor’s and Senior Scholar. He has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1982. Tom is rated by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell as a Texas Top Rated Lawyer from 2012 – 2018, has been named to Who’s Who in America, American Law and in the World by Marquis, and has been listed as one of San Antonio’s Best Lawyers by San Antonio Magazine.

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