53 Cox Smith Attorneys Named 2014 Best Lawyers in America

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Fifty-three Cox Smith attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014, including lawyers from each of the firm’s five Texas offices

" I am proud of all of our Best Lawyers for the outstanding client service they continually provide to our clients," said Jamie Smith.

Cox Smith, the largest Texas law firm headquartered in San Antonio, today announced that 53 of its attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014, including lawyers from each of the firm’s five Texas offices. (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

In addition, four of the firm’s attorneys were named Best Lawyers® 2014 "Lawyer of the Year” in San Antonio for their respective practice areas. Cox Smith’s 2014 Lawyers of the Year include: Ray Bissmeyer, Litigation - Labor & Employment; David Roth, Natural Resources Law, Jamie Smith, Corporate Law; and David West, Litigation - Banking & Finance.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

“Being recognized by their peers for the work they do on behalf of our clients is significant and certainly well-deserved,” said Jamie Smith, managing director of Cox Smith. “I am proud of all of our Best Lawyers for the outstanding client service they continually provide to their clients.”

Cox Smith’s seven Austin-based attorneys included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 are:

Mary Dietz -- Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation – Construction, Litigation- Real Estate
Thomas Forbes -- Administrative / Regulatory Law, Government Relations Practice
Catherine Greaves -- Health Care Law
Karen Neeley -- Financial Services Regulation Law
Kathy Poppitt -- Health Care Law, Elder Law,
Keith Shuley -- Environmental Law, Water Law
Phil Slinkard -- Corporate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law

Cox Smith’s six Dallas-based Best Lawyers in America 2014 are:

Tom Alleman -- Insurance Law, Litigation - Environmental
Mark Andrews -- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
David Bryant -- Commercial Litigation
Frank Carroll -- Arbitration, Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Mediation
Arlene Switzer Steinfield -- Employment Law – Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
George Tarpley -- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

The three El Paso-based attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 include:

Edward Rios -- Immigration Law, International Trade and Finance Law
Kathleen Campbell Walker -- Immigration Law
Mark Walker -- Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

McAllen-based Diann Bartek was recognized for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation – Bankruptcy.

The 33 San Antonio-based attorneys included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 include:

Kerry Benedict -- Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law
Ray Bissmeyer -- Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
Pete Broderick -- Real Estate Law
Mike Ferrill -- Antitrust Law, Litigation - Antitrust
Bill Fisher -- Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Ben Foster -- Employment Law – Management, Labor Law - Management
Dan Harkins -- Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law
Cary Kavy -- Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law
David Kinder -- Commercial Litigation
Bill Lester -- Tax Law
Will Liebmann -- Securities / Capital Markets Law
Jimmy McDonough -- Real Estate Law
Donna McElroy-- Employment Law -- Management, Labor Law - Management
Ellen Mitchell -- Appellate Practice
Robert Nelson -- Tax Law
Howard Newton -- Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - First Amendment, Litigation – Municipal, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Gale “Pete” Peterson -- Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Patent
Mary Potter -- Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
David Roth -- Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law
Patrick Ryan -- Corporate Law,
Thomas Sanders -- Commercial Litigation, Litigation - ERISA
Cecil Schenker -- Corporate Law
Brett Schouest -- Commercial Litigation
Jamie Smith -- Corporate Law
Dan Stern -- Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Labor Law – Union, Litigation - Labor and Employment
John Stewart -- Real Estate Law
Joshua Sutin -- Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
James M. “Marty” Truss -- Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Real Estate
Dan Webster -- Corporate Law
David West -- Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Deborah Williamson -- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Roger Wilson -- Energy Law
Harry Wolff -- Trusts and Estates

About Cox Smith
Cox Smith is one of the leading business law firms in Texas and the largest law firm in San Antonio. From its dominant position in San Antonio with a growing presence in key markets including Austin, Dallas, El Paso and McAllen, Cox Smith's attorneys help regional, national and international businesses with a wide variety of matters involving all aspects of business law and litigation. The firm is regularly recognized for its commitment to the communities in which it works, and was recently awarded first place (Large Employer) in The San Antonio Business Journal’s Best Places to Work contest. For more information, visit http://www.coxsmith.com.

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