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Cox Smith Names New Shareholder and Expands Litigation Team

February 19, 2014

Cox Smith, the largest Texas law firm headquartered in San Antonio, today announced that tax attorney Katherine Noll has been named a shareholder and Bonnie Kirkland has joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s litigation department. Cox Smith’s tax and litigation practice areas were recently recognized with Tier 1 (strongest) rankings in the 2014 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® ranking of the nation’s best law firms. 

The firm’s renowned litigation team has grown in recent months, including the recent addition of Justice Phylis Speedlin, a highly respected member of the San Antonio legal community and experienced trial attorney who served as an appellate Justice on the Fourth Court of Appeals and as a Bexar County Civil District Court trial judge.

Katherine Noll advises individuals, tax-exempt entities, public corporations, and closely-held entities and publicly-traded corporations in a diverse range of complex tax issues. She has a deep understanding of a business’ needs and operations as a result of her finance industry experience. She helps clients with tax planning and compliance, and issues involving business transactions, employee benefits and executive compensation. She also assists clients in developing strategies for solving disputes and controversies with the Internal Revenue Service, state and local taxing authorities. Noll is a member of the American Bar Association (Tax Section), Texas Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, San Antonio Women's Bar Association, and San Antonio Young Lawyers Association. Licensed to practice in Texas and Oklahoma, she is a graduate of New York University School of Law (LL.M.), University of Tulsa College of Law (J.D. with highest honors), and Baylor University.

Bonnie Kirkland has joined Cox Smith’s litigation department, where she is focused on issues related to civil ligation including all stages of pretrial and trial work in state and federal court. She has represented clients in disputes involving breach of contract, employment matters, administrative investigations, and other business matters.  A recipient of the 2013 Corpus Christi Under 40 award, which highlights the city’s young and future leaders, she is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law (summa cum laude) and The University of Texas at Austin.