Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated at a Glance


  • “The people”
  • “Work/life balance”
  • “The environment is good, generally“


  • “Non-billable assignments”
  • “The starting salary is not as competitive”

About Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated

Editor's note: In May 2015 Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated and  Dykema Gossett PLLC announced a merger under the Dykema name (Dykema Cox Smith in Texas).  The information herein pertains to the pre-merger Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated.

Formed from the merger of two San Antonio firms, Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated has become one of the largest law firms in South Texas. Now with five offices throughout the Lone Star state, the firm is strong in business law and litigation. Cox Smith is also a firm of optimists--the firm prides itself on helping clients "take 'in a perfect world' scenarios and help them come to fruition in the real world."

A San Antonio Union

Founded early in the Depression, the former law firm of Seeligson, Cox and Patterson primarily served the oil and gas magnates who were at that time leaving Oklahoma for San Antonio. Over the next few decades, the firm added more diverse practice areas and adopted the moniker Cox & Smith in 1979. In 2004, the attorneys of Matthews and Branscomb, also a San Antonio business law firm, joined Cox Smith to form Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated, San Antonio's biggest law firm.

In 2005, Cox Smith opened new offices in McAllen and Dallas, where it expanded its bankruptcy, litigation and transactional departments. The firm has also planted outposts in El Paso, which has an immigration and international trade law team to help clients with cross-border transactions and immigration laws, and in Austin, where attorneys focus particularly on banking, financial services and technology industry law.

Full-Service Fruition

Now with more than 120 attorneys, Cox Smith represents mid-sized clients as well as some of the nation's and South's largest businesses, including Clear Channel Communications, Valero Energy Corporation, CPS Energy, International Bancshares Corporation, Pfizer, Wells Fargo and AT&T Inc. Cox Smith is strong in bankruptcy, labor law, intellectual property, real estate, tax law and trusts and estates and, recently, the firm has taken steps toward expanding its healthcare department, which has represented hospitals, physician groups, biomedical research organizations and medical device manufacturers.

But Cox Smith also has not forgotten its roots in energy and natural resources law. In the Gulf Coast region, the firm's energy practice represents landowners who lease land for oil production, utility and electric companies, coal and uranium mining companies as well as those chasing the alternative energy dream, whether through wind farms or nuclear power plants.

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Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated

112 East Pecan Street, Suite 1800
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 554-5500
Fax: (210) 226-8395


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Director: Deborah D. Williamson
  • Hiring Partner: Peter R. Broderick
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 122

  • Employment Contact
    Anna F. Whitener
    Attorney Recruiting & Integration Manager
    Phone: (210) 554-5217
    Fax: (210) 226-8395

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $120,000
    Summer associate: $2,300/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    6 out of 6 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust & Trade Regulation
    Banking & Financial Institutions
    Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
    Corporate & Securities
    Cross Border/International
    Employee Benefits/ ERISA
    Employment & Employer Rights
    Energy & Natural Resources
    Estate Planning & Trust
    Family Owned & Closely Held Business
    Government Relations
    Healthcare/Life Sciences
    Immigration & International Trade
    Intellectual Property
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Privacy/Data Security
    Public Law
    Real Estate

Major Office Locations

  • Austin, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Mcallen, TX
  • El Paso, TX

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