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McElroy, Speedlin and Webster to Receive 2017 Outstanding Lawyers Awards From San Antonio Business Journal

September 21, 2017

Dykema, a leading national law firm, is proud to announce that three of its attorneys, Donna K. McElroy, Justice Phylis J. Speedlin, and Dan G. Webster, were selected by the San Antonio Business Journal as 2017 Outstanding Lawyers Awards recipients. The Dykema contingent represents three of the 12 lawyers to be honored at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Club at Sonterra in San Antonio.  

According to the San Antonio Business Journal, its Outstanding Lawyer Awards recognize lawyers for their professional accomplishments, their impact on the legal industry (locally, statewide and nationwide), leadership within their organization and their impact on the community overall.

McElroy, a trial lawyer, is former leader of Dykema Cox Smith’s Labor & Employment Department and was the first woman to serve on Cox Smith’s Management Advisory Committee. In addition to her litigation practice, she works with the clients to develop effective EEO and NLRB policies, designs noncompetition and non-solicitation agreements and troubleshoots day-to-day employer concerns – including dealing with social media and its growing impact on the work place. Throughout her more than three-decade career, McElroy has represented employers before juries, judges, arbitration panels and in administrative proceedings.

Justice Speedlin is senior counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Department. She counsels clients in two primary areas: alternative dispute resolution—including arbitration, mediation and private judging—and appellate strategy. An attorney for more than 32 years, Justice Speedlin served as a jurist for 13 years, as a justice on the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals for 10 years, and as a Bexar County trial judge for three years. During her tenure on the Fourth Court, she authored more than 1,300 opinions covering a wide variety of issues.

Dan Webster, who served as managing director of Cox Smith for nearly a decade, is senior counsel in the firm’s Corporate Finance practice group. He serves as the external general counsel for a number of San Antonio companies, advising clients on general corporate and securities matters, corporate finance, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. He also previously served as head of Cox Smith’s Healthcare / Life Sciences practice.

About Dykema Cox Smith

Dykema, a leading national law firm, combined with Texas-based Cox Smith on May 1, 2015. In Texas, the firm operates under the name Dykema Cox Smith, while other firm offices operate as Dykema. The firm serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Firm lawyers and other professionals in 13 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit and follow Dykema Cox Smith on Twitter at