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Honors & Distinctions

SDM is consistently recognized among the top law firms and our lawyers are named among the top lawyers in Texas and the United States. 

SDM is proud to be ranked Band 1 in two practice areas and with multiple lawyer rankings in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide. “They’re extremely sophisticated and smart, and they’re willing to try cases,” notes a source from Chambers.

BAND 1: Litigation: General Commercial in Texas: Austin & Surrounds 

BAND 1: Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Oil & Gas) in Texas

In addition to the firm rankings: Steve McConnico and Kennon Wooten are ranked Band 1 and Casey Dobson is ranked Band 2 in Litigation: General Commercial in Texas: Austin & Surrounds.

Catherine Webking is ranked Band 2 in Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity) in Texas.

Jane Webre is ranked Band 3 in Litigation: Appellate in Texas.

Flip Whitworth is ranked Band 1 in Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Oil & Gas) in Texas


Best Law Firms, 2021  SDM is regionally ranked TIER 1 in 9 practice areas.


Appellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Energy Law
Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
Litigation – Trusts & Estates
Natural Resources Law
Oil & Gas Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

The Best Lawyers in America, 2021 in Austin, TX

Paige Amstutz, Commercial Litigation
James N. Cowden, Oil and Gas Law
Douglas J. Dashiell, Oil and Gas Law
Casey L. Dobson, Lawyer of the Year, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation
Sam Johnson, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
Carroll G. Martin, Oil and Gas Law, 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” award in Austin
Stephen E. McConnico, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
Cindy Saiter, Litigation – Trusts and Estates
John G. Soule, Oil and Gas Law
Catherine J. Webking, Energy Law
Jane M.N. Webre, Appellate Practice
H. Philip Whitworth, Jr., Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law
Steve Wingard, Commercial Litigation


by Thomson Reuters

Texas Rising Stars 2021 Rising Stars are considered the top up-and-coming attorneys in Texas. Less than 2.5% of Texas attorneys are chosen for this honor. The following firm attorneys were selected for this honor: Anthony Arguijo, John W. Ellis, John Gasink, and David Shank.

The Top Women Attorneys in Texas 2020 – Super Lawyers  Paige Amstutz, Carroll Martin, Elizabeth Miller, Cindy Saiter, Jane Webre, Kennon Wooten

Texas Super Lawyers 2020  Paige Amstutz, Doug Dashiell, Casey Dobson, Sam Johnson, Carroll Martin, Stephen McConnico, Davin McGinnis, Cynthia Saiter, Chris Sileo, Jane Webre, Flip Whitworth, Kennon Wooten

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