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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. 

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

BAND 2: Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Oil & Gas) in Texas

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

Davin McGinnis is ranked Band 1 in Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Oil & Gas) in Texas.

Jane Webre is ranked Band 2 in Litigation: Appellate in Texas.

In addition, Steve McConnico is ranked Band 1 in Litigation: Trial Lawyers category.


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Best Law Firms, 2023  SDM is regionally ranked TIER 1 in 10 practice areas.


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

2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® 

Paige Amstutz, Commercial Litigation
Santosh Aravind, Commercial Litigation
Daniel Bitting, Commercial Litigation
Douglas J. Dashiell, Oil and Gas Law
Casey L. Dobson, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” award in Austin
Mark Hanna, Oil and Gas Law
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, Commercial Litigation, and 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” Litigation – Trusts and Estates award in Austin
Jane M.N. Webre, Appellate Practice, 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” award in Austin
Steve Wingard, Commercial Litigation

2023 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™

Willie Cochran – Appellate Practice
David Shank – Commercial Litigation


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Texas Super Lawyers 2022  Paige Amstutz, Casey Dobson, Sam Johnson, Carroll Martin, Stephen McConnico, Cynthia Saiter, Ryan Squires, Jane Webre, Kennon Wooten

Texas Rising Stars 2023 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: Mary Byars, Cheryl Joseph LaFond, and David Shank.

The Top Women Attorneys in Texas 2022 – Super Lawyers  Paige Amstutz, Carroll Martin, Cindy Saiter, Jane Webre, Kennon Wooten

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