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Cox Smith Earns 27 Tier 1 “Best Law Firms” Rankings from U.S. News-Best Lawyers

November 2, 2012

Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated (“Cox Smith”) today announced 27 of its practice areas earned Tier 1 rankings in the 2013 U.S. News Media Group-Best Lawyers® ranking of the nation’s best law firms. In addition to its Tier 1 recognition in San Antonio and Dallas, the firm’s award-winning Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law practice was recognized nationally.

In San Antonio, the firm earned a Tier 1 (strongest) ranking in:

  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Energy Law
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Litigation – Eminent Domain & Condemnation
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Litigation – Municipal
  • Litigation – Patent
  • Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil & Gas Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law

The firm earned Tier 1 rankings in Austin for:

  • Health Care Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law

In Dallas, the firm earned Tier 1 rankings in:

  • Arbitration
  • Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Eminent Domain & Condemnation

The firm received Tier 2 recognition in El Paso for:

  • Immigration Law
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants

Practice areas receiving Tier 2 recognition in Austin include:

  • Environmental Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Litigation – Banking & Finance

Practice areas receiving Tier 2 recognition in Dallas include:

  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Environmental

According to U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers, the rankings provide a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings. The mission of “Best Law Firms” is to help guide referring lawyers and clients — from the country’s largest companies requiring corporate legal advice to individuals seeking counsel regarding personal legal issues.  The rankings showcase more than 10,000 law firms ranked nationally or by metropolitan region.

“Being recognized by U.S. News-Best Lawyers in so many categories across our offices is a great honor,” said Jamie Smith, managing director of Cox Smith. “Cox Smith is a growing Texas firm known for handling all aspects of business law and litigation for our clients. This recognition validates the wide spectrum of legal services for which our clients turn to us.”

This marks the third edition of U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings, which will be featured in U.S.News & World Report’s Money issue and in the “Best Law Firms” standalone publication, which is being distributed to more than 30,000 general counsel and in digital format to more than 60,000 private practice lawyers worldwide. The rankings in their entirety are posted online at

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