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Eleven Thompson Coe Lawyers Honored as Rising Stars in Texas

March 24, 2021 Press Release

Eleven outstanding litigation attorneys from the well-known law firm of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons were selected by their peers to be on the prestigious Rising Stars list, a service of Super Lawyers by Thompson Reuters. The ratings are based on their civil litigation work on behalf of defendants. Each year, the Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state.

These outstanding attorneys represent nearly ten percent of Thompson Coe’s elite Texas bench of talented lawyers. Thompson Coe is proud to recognize the selection of the following attorneys:

Farrah Ahmed is a Senior Attorney in Dallas. She represents companies and individuals in a variety of commercial matters. Her practice includes professional liability, restaurants, retail & hospitality, commercial litigation, and nonprofit organizations.

Heather Beam serves as a Partner in the Austin office. Her practice focuses on civil litigation in areas such as construction, professional liability, personal injury, product liability, and insurance defense. She has successfully represented complex litigation in both state and federal court and negotiated claims.

Michael Cedillo, a Dallas Partner, is a member of the professional liability section and represents a range of professionals and companies sued for alleged personal injury claims and commercial litigation matters.  His practice includes professional liability, commercial litigation, and mass torts.

Christina Culver is a Partner in Houston, her practice focuses on complex, multi-party insurance coverage litigation. She works with insurance coverage, insurance litigation, admiralty & marine, and construction. Christy is licensed in Texas and Louisiana.

Cassie Dallas is a Partner in the Dallas office and Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law. Her practice focuses on appeals and mandamus proceedings in Texas state and federal courts. She handles matters across the state of Texas has argued numerous cases before the Second and Fifth Courts of Appeal

Christopher Frazier serves as a Houston Partner who maintains a diverse casualty litigation practice with an emphasis on defending companies and individuals. He also represents general contractors and property owners in workplace injury litigation. He handles all aspects of civil litigation, including depositions, complex discovery, mediations, trials, and arbitrations.

Jonathan Hernon, a trial-tested Dallas Senior Attorney, who zealously represents his clients, with over thirty cases going to a jury verdict.  He has experience defending first-party insurance claims, real estate transactions, personal injury claims, and malpractice litigation against licensed professionals.

Stephanie Krueger, a Houston Partner, is a litigator. Her practice focuses on defending claims and has defended property owners and property management entities on a wide variety of premises liability claims ranging from simple slip and falls to third-party criminal activity.

Andrew McCluggage is a Houston trial Partner. His practice focuses primarily on product liability, premises liability, commercial automobile, and industrial accident claims involving property damage, personal injury, and wrongful death. Andy has successfully represented clients in lawsuits involving allegations of construction defects and professional liability claims.

Yesha Patel is a Dallas trial Senior Attorney who represents clients in professional liability matters involving lawyers, accountants, architects, insurance agents, real estate brokers, construction workers, and other professional clients.

Cory Reed, a Houston Partner, maintains a diverse professional liability practice. He has first and second chair trial and arbitration. His practice spans professional liability, labor & employment, data privacy & cybersecurity, community associations, health care, and product liability. He has defended clients in both state and federal litigation.


Rising Star recognizes the state's most accomplished attorneys age 40 or younger or who have been in practice for 10 years or less. It is based on lawyer nominations, peer review, and independent research. Rising Star is a companion to the prestigious Super Lawyers guide to the top attorneys in the state. The Super Lawyers rating service is part of Thomson Reuters.


Since 1951, Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons has built a rich legacy of litigation capabilities. With over 200 attorneys in five offices - Dallas, Houston, and Austin, TX, New Orleans, LA, and St. Paul, MN - Thompson Coe provides value to its clients through its depth of industry knowledge and breadth of legal expertise. As a result, the firm efficiently handles the most critical matters for clients - providing exceptional, professional service. Clients choose Thompson Coe for a complete, integrated solution to their legal needs.

US News and World Report’s national rankings of law firms cited Thompson Coe as Number One in insurance as well as Best Lawyers/Law Firm in nine metro areas. The firm is a Top 10 Law Firm for Women, top-ranked in Chambers USA, and an A.M. Best Recommended Firm. Thompson Coe attorneys are also named The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Super Lawyers - Rising Stars.

This year, the firm is celebrating its Platinum Anniversary, providing legal expertise for 70 years.

For more information visit: 

Farrah Ahmed
Senior Attorney, Dallas

Heather Beam
Partner, Austin