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Name and title: Alan W. Tompkins, vice president and general counsel Age: 44 Hunt family businesses: Unity Hunt is a Dallas-based private company through which Texas businessman Lamar Hunt and his family operate their multiple corporate entities in professional sports, oil and gas, real estate development and private-equity investment. Hunt Sports Group LLC owns the Kansas City Chiefs football team and three Major League Soccer teams and holds an interest in the Chicago Bulls basketball team. Hunt Capital Group LLC invests in a wide spectrum of industries from telecommunications to health care. In 45 years, the company has accumulated about $3 billion in assets. Huge development: One of Hunt’s higher profile projects is Pizza Hut Park, a $65 million, 20,000-seat soccer stadium and sports/entertainment complex built on 120 acres in Frisco, Texas, about 30 miles north of Dallas. The facility is a public-private partnership between Hunt Sports Group and city, county and school entities. Its tenants include a rehabilitation facility of Baylor Health Care System, the headquarters of U.S. Youth Soccer and the Hunt-owned soccer team, F.C. Dallas. The complex includes 17 soccer fields and a concert stage. Tompkins oversaw the wide-ranging legal issues attending this “mind-boggling mixed-use facility,” which opened in August. The key legal matters were the assembly of 20 tracts of land and multiple contracts with contractors, vendors and some 50 sponsors. “For the last several years, I’m neck-deep in contract drafting in every way, shape and form,” Tompkins said. Meanwhile, during the project’s development, Tompkins managed the day-to-day legal needs of the Hunt investment portfolio: merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions; financing activities; litigation; and various operational issues of the sports teams. In addition, there are Hunt family personal legal needs, such as negotiating with home-building contractors, Tompkins said. ‘Pretty intense three years’: On a typical day, Tompkins might deal with employment issues, an agreement to review, a transactional matter, family trust issues, a bank financing document and a real estate transaction. The real estate side of the business has been particularly active; recent projects include developing a physician-owned hospital and a golf course Texas and a residential project in Santa Fe, N.M., he said. The diversity of work is challenging and fun, but takes Tompkins away from his native areas of interest. “The only frustration is that I consider myself a business lawyer, and to me that means corporate, tax and securities. I don’t get to stay as conversant and fully up to speed and proficient in all the securities and tax law changes that I would like to.” Now that the sports facility is complete, Tompkins said he is relieved to switch to legal support for just operational issues. “It’s been a pretty intense three years.” Legal team and outside counsel: Tompkins reports to Unity Hunt President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Holland and is his own legal department, supported by a paralegal and one part-time attorney. “It’s very much a generalist’s job with a lot of areas to cover every day,” he said. “The down side of it is that I’m not the world’s expert on Sarbanes-Oxley and I’m not the world’s expert on employment discrimination.” Outside counsel include Houston-based Andrews Kurth for transactions, Washington-based Patton Boggs for real estate, Fish & Richardson for litigation and North Dallas, Texas-based Hance, Scarborough, Wright, Ginsberg & Brusilow for regional transactions and litigation. His brief to outside lawyers is: “Don’t hide anything, don’t beat around the bush, but don’t bug me with all the details.” Business before law: Tompkins, who grew up on a farm, had a well-established business career before he went to law school. He started a property and casualty insurance agency at age 18 with his father. After college, he was vice president of a merchant bank with widely varying investments and was a senior official in the bankruptcy and sell-off of $400 million in assets of First Republic Bank. In that job he learned a lot about lawyers. “I learned . . . how to negotiate and how to settle,” he said. “My little joke line about that was, ‘People lose a billion dollars and they have no sense of humor about it.’ ” Creditors’ attorneys were “ a bunch of really uptight New York lawyers who wanted to scream and jump on tables and threaten,” he said. He would ask them: “That was a wonderful performance and now do you want to talk about anything productive?” Route to the top: In 1993, his all-Dallas legal career began in a private practice at Malouf Lynch Jackson Kessler & Collins, a boutique firm that specialized in estate planning and other services for wealthy individuals. He next did M&A work at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and securities works at Secore & Waller. In 1997, he went in-house to become associate general counsel at Richmont Corp., managing legal issues for a diversified group of companies such as the Mary Kay Inc. cosmetics firm; Attenza Inc., an internet technical support company; and Nu-kote International, a manufacturer of printer products. In 2002, he returned to private practice for one year at Hance, Scarborough, Wright, Ginsberg & Brusilow before joining Unity Hunt. Personal: Born and raised in Kentucky, Tompkins earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1983 from Indiana State University in Evansville, now known as University of Southern Indiana. A year later, he earned an MBA degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and in 1988 became a certified public accountant. He earned a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1990 and his law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1993. Tompkins and his wife, Julie R. Tompkins, live in Dallas. He is a pilot and owns Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles. Last movie and book: The World’s Fastest Indian and Moneyball: The Art of Winning An Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis.

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