New York (February 7, 2013) – The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Gregg J. Berman and Joseph A. Sarcinella in the Firm’s New York office.  Berman joins as a Partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group, and Sarcinella joins the Real Estate and Banking Practice Group.

“Gregg and Joe are distinguished lawyers with decades of valuable experience and impressive credentials.  Their collective expertise in corporate and securities, finance, and real estate transactions add to the depth and breadth of Thompson & Knight’s extensive practices, will facilitate the continued growth of our New York office, and increase our Firm-wide synergies to the benefit of our clients,” says Philip J. Kessler, the Firm’s New York Office Leader.

Berman focuses his practice on corporate and securities transactions, including the representation of companies and investment banks in all types of public and private debt and equity offerings.  He also handles M&A transactions for public and private companies and represents private equity firms in their investments.   Berman has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. in Corporate Law from 2005-2013.  He is admitted to practice in New York, is a member of the American Bar Association and New York State Bar Association, and is an Advisory Board Member of Thomson Reuters Accelus.  He serves as Director of the Churchill Centre and is an Executive Board Member of the GlamourGals Foundation.  Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, Berman was a Partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in New York.

Sarcinella concentrates his practice on real estate, finance, and corporate matters.  With nearly three decades of business and in-house experience, his expertise includes the real estate and finance aspects of large, highly structured M&A transactions, including multi-level joint ventures with multiple partners, bridge lenders, and term lenders.  He has negotiated hotel franchise and licensing agreements for lenders and franchisees for both existing hotels and hotel construction projects.  He has also served as debt counsel on both the borrower and lender side of transactions.  Sarcinella is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the American Bar Association and New York State Bar Association.  Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, he was a Partner at Arent Fox in New York.

About Thompson & Knight

Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight is a full-service firm providing legal solutions to public and private companies, governments, and individuals in all areas, including commercial and tort litigation, banking, finance, real estate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, corporate governance, creditors’ rights, intellectual property, labor, environmental, and white-collar defense matters, among others. We are particularly recognized for our depth of experience and capabilities on behalf of clients in the energy industry, both domestically and around the world. The Firm has been named the “Law Firm of the Year” in Oil & Gas Law in the 2011-2012 and 2013 editions of Best Law Firms, the preeminent listing of the nation’s top legal practices published by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America®.  Thompson & Knight has approximately 330 attorneys with offices in Texas, New York, California, and Michigan, and international offices and associations in the Americas, North Africa, and Europe.