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Cox Smith Earns 30 First Tier “Best Law Firms” Rankings from U.S. News-Best Lawyers

November 1, 2011

Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated (“Cox Smith”) today announced 30 of its practice areas were recognized in the 2011-2012 U.S. News-Best Lawyers® ranking of the nation’s best law firms.

In San Antonio, the firm earned a First Tier (strongest) ranking in Banking & Finance LawBankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Energy Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Litigation – Municipal, Litigation – Patent, Litigation - Trusts & Estates, Natural Resources Law, Oil & Gas Law, Patent Law, Real Estate Law, Securities / Capital Markets LawTax Law, Trademark Law, and Trusts & Estates Law.   The firm also earned First Tier rankings in Austin for Health Care Law, in Dallas for Arbitration and Insurance Law, and in El Paso for Immigration Law, International Trade & Finance Law, and Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants.   

“The U.S. News-Best Lawyers researchers conducted extensive research in order to identify the nation’s top law firms and we are honored that 30 of our practice areas received their First Tier distinction,” said Jamie Smith, managing director of Cox Smith. “We are a Texas firm capable of handling all aspects of business law and litigation for our clients and this recognition validates the wide spectrum of legal services for which our clients turn to us.”  

This marks the second edition of U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® 2011-2012 “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 30,000 general counsel and in digital format to 58,000 private practice lawyers worldwide. The rankings in their entirety are posted online at  

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. An unprecedented amount of data was collected in the project’s second year, and this combined data resulted in the 2011-2012 “Best Law Firms” rankings. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers as part of the annual peer review assessment.

About the U.S. News Media Group The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine, the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine,, and Focusing on Health, Money & Business, Education, and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group’s signature franchises include its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans, and more.  

About Best Lawyers Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For over a quarter century, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. The 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes 41,284 lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Best Lawyers® also publishes peer-reviewed listings of lawyers in nearly 70 other countries, covering many of the world’s major legal markets. Best Lawyers® lists are excerpted in a wide range of general interest, business and legal publications worldwide, reaching an audience of more than 17 million readers.