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.
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.