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Cox Smith Attorneys Named 2012 Best Lawyers in America

Firm is Top Ranked in El Paso in Immigration Law and International Trade & Finance Law

September 9, 2011

El Paso – September 9, 2011 – Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated ("Cox Smith") today announced that Kathleen Campbell Walker, Mark Walker and Edward Rios 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 top ranked by Best Lawyers in El Paso in Immigration Law and in International Trade and Finance Law.

To help employers better understand immigration reform and its challenges, Kathleen Campbell Walker and Edward Rios will conduct a workshop on immigration and the workplace in San Antonio on September 15, 2011. The workshop's goal is to provide a roadmap for employers facing immigration potholes and to assist them in reducing exposure when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) of the Department of Justice are bearing down on employers. 

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 41,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.9 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.

Kathleen Campbell Walker and Edward Rios focus on immigration and international trade law. Kathleen Campbell Walker, who was recognized by Best Lawyers for Immigration Law, is internationally recognized for her experience handling the complex issues related to business immigration, consular processing, admissibility and immigration security issues. Her immigration law practice primarily focuses on business and family-based immigration, consular processing, employer sanctions/worksite enforcement, immigration audits, security checks, waivers, admissibility, and citizenship and naturalization. Edward Rios, recognized by Best Lawyers in Immigration Law and International Trade and Finance Law, counsels clients on immigration strategies for multinational companies, healthcare, research, and academic institutions, as well as sports and entertainment agencies seeking to transfer key personnel to the U.S.

Litigator Mark Walker was recognized by Best Lawyers for Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants. He has 25 years of experience handling trials, appeals, administrative matters, and helping clients resolve complex legal issues. His practice includes a broad array of business, commercial, product liability, tort and negligence cases, and insurance defense litigation.

"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."