At SDM we commit our significant experience and resources for each and every client. For details regarding our practice in a specific area of law, select a practice area below to learn more.
SDM earned its reputation as one of the finest trial and appellate firms anywhere through decades of real courtroom experience in high-stakes disputes. Our deep roster of advocates serves our clients well not only in the courtroom but also at the negotiating table.
SDM is a leader in Texas oil, gas, and energy law. The firm’s foundation is built on representing generations of clients in cases before the courts, the Texas Railroad Commission, the Public Utility Commission, the Texas General Land Office, and University Lands.
SDM is among the state’s foremost authorities in resolving tax disputes with the Texas Comptroller. From litigation in administrative hearings or in state court to advice regarding tax saving strategies, we handle the full complement of state and local tax issues.
Kennon will take office in June and will serve as chair until June 2024. Kennon has served as a director on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors representing District 9, Place 3 (Travis County) since 2021.
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of our colleague and friend, Flip Whitworth, who passed away on November 10, 2022 after a long illness. He was surrounded by his family when he passed. Flip was full of exuberance for his family, his friends, the firm, its clients, and the practice of law. He was a great person who was a joy to be around, and a beloved part of the bedrock of this firm.
Paige is #26 in the Top 50 Most Active Patent Litigators in America in 2023 report by Patexia.
Olga Kobzar, Cindy Saiter, and Kennon Wooten are recognized by their peers in Austin Monthly Magazine's 2022 Top Attorneys list. Our women attorneys have had a palpable presence in the legal industry since the firm was founded in 1976, and continue to be in the top tier of practicing lawyers.
SDM lawyer Philip Nickerson is named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Austin Black Business Journal. Presented annually, the Most Influential and Up & Coming Lawyer Awards recognizes Black professionals in the legal field who have achieved professional excellence and have actively paved the way to success for others.
SDM is pleased to announce that 12 lawyers have been recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and 2 lawyers have been included in the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™. Special congratulations to Cindy Saiter recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2023 "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - Trusts and Estates.
In the first in-person jury trial in Travis County since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down, Ryan Squires and Abe Kuczaj won a record-setting verdict for their client in a case involving bitcoin. It is among the Top 100 Verdicts in 2021 as reported by The National Law Journal.
Partner, Anthony Arguijo, is featured by Hispanic Executive Magazine where he talks about the dynamic industry he navigates and the firm's investment in diversity and inclusion.
SDM continues to be ranked Band 1 in Litigation and Oil & Gas, and with multiple lawyer rankings in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide.
A team of SDM lawyers including Casey Dobson, Sara Wilder Clark and John Ellis won…
First in-person jury trial in Travis County in over…
On December 14, 2021, United States Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur denied a claim for an…