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50 Cox Smith Attorneys Named 2012 Best Lawyers in America; Firm is Top Listed in San Antonio in 26 Categories

September 9, 2011

Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated ("Cox Smith") today announced that 50 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). The firm was also top listed in San Antonio in 26 categories based on the number of listed attorneys in a practice area and/or geographic region, which can be viewed at

Since its inception 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 more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 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.

The 39 San Antonio-based attorneys included in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 include:

  • Diann Bartek – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights /Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy 
  • Kerry Benedict – Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law 
  • Ray Bissmeyer – Employment Law (Management), Labor Law (Management), Litigation – Labor & Employment 
  • Pete Broderick – Real Estate Law 
  • Steven A. Elder – Corporate Law 
  • Michael Ferrill – Antitrust Law, Litigation - Antitrust 
  • William "Bill" Fisher – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law 
  • Ben F. Foster, Jr. – Employment Law (Management), Labor Law (Management) 
  • Dan Harkins – Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law 
  • Carol Jendrzey – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy 
  • Cary Plotkin Kavy – Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law 
  • C. David Kinder – Commercial Litigation 
  • Bill Lester – Tax Law 
  • Will Liebmann – Securities / Capital Markets Law 
  • Jim McDonough – Real Estate Law 
  • Donna McElroy – Employment Law (Management), Labor Law (Management) 
  • Robert Nelson – Tax Law 
  • Howard Newton – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-First Amendment, Litigation-Municipal, Litigation-Real Estate, Litigation-Trusts & Estates 
  • Brad Oxford – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law 
  • Pete Peterson – Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent 
  • Mary Potter – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law 
  • Jon Ray – Natural Resources Law, Oil & Gas Law 
  • David Roth – Natural Resources Law, Oil & Gas Law 
  • Patrick Ryan – Corporate Law 
  • Cecil Schenker – Corporate Law 
  • Brett Schouest – Commercial Litigation 
  • Jamie Smith – Corporate Law 
  • Jim Spivey – Commercial Litigation 
  • Dan Stern – Employment Law (Individuals), Employment Law (Management), Labor Law-Management, Labor Law-Union, Litigation-Labor and Employment 
  • John B. Stewart – Real Estate Law 
  • Joshua Sutin – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law 
  • Lewis T. Tarver, Jr. – Real Estate Law 
  • Marty Truss – Commercial Litigation 
  • Dan Webster – Corporate Law 
  • David B. West – Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Banking & Finance, Litigation-Trusts & Estates 
  • Deborah D. Williamson – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law 
  • Roger Wilson – Energy Law 
  • Harry W. Wolff, Jr. – Trusts and Estates 
  • Jon C. Wood – Energy Law

"Being recognized by their peers for the fine work they do is a great honor, and one that is certainly well-deserved," said Jamie Smith, managing director of Cox Smith. "I applaud all of our Best Lawyers for the outstanding client service they continually provide to their clients."