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Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith Adds Associate Elizabeth Forrest in Plano

Former federal clerk brings intellectual property, business litigation focus

PLANO, Texas - The experienced attorneys at Texas-based Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP, have added former federal law clerk Elizabeth "Beth" Forrest as an associate in the firm's Plano office.

Ms. Forrest represents firm clients in a variety of civil matters with an emphasis on intellectual property claims and business disputes. Her federal court practice includes work in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, where she previously clerked for the Hon. Amos L. Mazzant III in Sherman. She also represents clients in state district courts in Collin County, Grayson County and the surrounding communities.

A cum laude graduate of Seattle University School of Law, Ms. Forrest earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, Grayson County Bar Association, Collin County Bar Association and the Judge Paul Brown American Inn of Court.

Ms. Forrest participated in her first patent trial only three months following her federal clerkship. Her intellectual property background includes previously serving as a panelist for advanced patent law conferences sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association. To learn more about her work, click here: http://www.siebman.com/Attorneys/Elizabeth-Forrest.shtml

In the Plano office, Ms. Forrest will work closely with office leader and firm founder Clyde Siebman, and firm partner Stephanie Barnes, the immediate past president of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association and one of four firm partners to lead the group.

Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP, is a Texas-based trial-focused law firm widely known for its work in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas and throughout the state. For more information, please visit http://www.siebman.com.

Michael Smith Honored with Sam B. Hall Civic Service Award

SBPS partner Michael Smith was recently honored with the 2016 Sam B. Hall Civic Service Award presented by East Texas Baptist University of Marshall in recognition of his many years of civic and community service.

The award is named for the late Judge Sam B. Hall Jr., a former Congressman who also served on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for years. Mr. Smith, who worked as Judge Hall’s law clerk in the early 1990s, served as the keynote speaker during a dinner and lecture at the school where he talked about his experiences with the judge. The primary beneficiary of the East Texas Baptist fundraising event is a program that provides scholarships to two graduating seniors at nearby Marshall High School each year.

"It was incredible to work with someone of Judge Hall’s caliber and character, and I am very grateful to be recognized by my friends at East Texas Baptist with this honor bearing his name," says Mr. Smith. "Very few of us will ever be able to make the wide-ranging contributions that Judge Hall achieved, but his legacy is an important reminder that we all can do more to help others."

For more than 20 years, Mr. Smith has represented clients in cases involving complex commercial disputes and allegations of patent infringement. He has appeared in more than 800 Eastern District matters during his career and chaired the district’s Local Rules Advisory Committee for nine consecutive years. He most recently helped clients SteelSeries ApS and SteelSeries North America Corp. win a complete defense victory in a patent infringement trial heard in the Eastern District.

In his community work, Mr. Smith previously served consecutive terms on the Marshall City Commission and as president of both the Harrison County Historical Museum and the Marshall Citizens Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the Marshall Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Three Partners Recognized on Peer Reviewed Thompson Reuters Lists

SBPS is pleased to announce that Clyde Siebman and Michael Smith have been included on the Texas SuperLawyer list published by Thompson Reuters in Texas Monthly magazine for 2015. Smith has been included on the list since 2008 and Siebman since 2003. Also listed by Thompson Reuters is SBPS partner Stephanie Barnes who is included on the published list of Texas Rising Stars. This is Stephanie's second year to be listed by Thompson Reuters on its Texas Rising Stars list.

Partner Stephanie Barnes Elected President of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association

SBPS congratulates Stephanie Barnes on becoming president of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association. She joins the ranks of partners Siebman, Smith and Larry Phillips who have each led the ED Texas Bar Association.

Siebman Recognized in 2016 List of Best Lawyers in America

Partner Clyde Siebman has been included in the listing of Best Lawyers in America for 2016. Siebman has received recognition in the Best Lawyers list in the areas of patent, trademark and commercial litigation.

Clyde Siebman Featured in National News Article

SHERMAN, Texas - Clyde Siebman of Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith recently was quoted by the national legal publication Law360 in a story focusing on the best ways to address frivolous patent infringement filings in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Law360 is widely recognized as one of the top legal publications in the nation, including coverage of the latest developments in patent cases and patent law.

In the article, "4 More Ways to Sink a Frivolous Patent Suit in East Texas" (subscription required), the publication notes Mr. Siebman's extensive track record in Eastern District Courts, where he's handled roughly 400 cases during his career.

"The fast pace requires lawyers to be on their game," Mr. Siebman is quoted in the article. "Attorneys need to honestly evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their case. They have to focus on the strengths and figure out the best way to get the quickest resolution of the case and reduce the expense for the client in defending it."

The story includes a focus on Eastern District local rule 2-1, which allows plaintiffs and defendants to request modifications to court deadlines.

"The rule to suggest modifications to deadlines is a tactic not used enough," Mr. Siebman told Law360. "It can be used to reduce litigation costs for the defendant and expedite findings against the plaintiff that could lead the case to be dismissed or summary judgment to be entered."

Mr. Siebman practices throughout Texas with an emphasis on the Eastern District of Texas, the Dallas Division of the Northern District of Texas, and the Austin Division of the Western District of Texas. He has tried cases in Marshall and Tyler for more than 20 years.

Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP, is a Texas-based law firm with offices in Marshall, Plano, Sherman and Tyler. The firm focuses on the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, providing a wide array of litigation expertise in cases involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property; business disputes; contract claims; employment matters; real estate litigation and condemnation proceedings; serious personal injury and wrongful death; and other areas.

Texas Law Firm Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith Promotes Stephanie Barnes to Partner

PLANO, Texas – The Texas-based law firm Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP, is proudly announcing the promotion of accomplished courtroom litigator Stephanie Barnes to partner.

Ms. Barnes practices in the firm's offices in Plano. She is a veteran of courtrooms across the U.S., with a focus on representing clients before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas.

Ms. Barnes handles a variety of litigation matters for clients in both state and federal courts, including business disputes, intellectual property claims, and employee benefits litigation tied to ERISA and non-ERISA life and disability plans.

"Stephanie is one of the toughest, smartest lawyers you'll ever meet, and we're proud she has accepted this new role at our firm," says Clyde M. Siebman, founder of Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith. "She will be an invaluable asset for our firm and our clients in the Northern and Eastern Districts and beyond."

Ms. Barnes previously clerked for Judge Curtis L. Collier when he was Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. She also practiced in the Chattanooga, Tenn., office of Miller & Martin, PLLC, one of the largest law firms in the Southeast.

After earning her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, Ms. Barnes graduated from the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law) in Fort Worth, where she was a member of the Texas Wesleyan Law Review.

In addition to her extensive work with community groups, Ms. Barnes also maintains active professional memberships with the State Bar of Texas, Collin County Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association.

Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP, is a Texas-based law firm with offices in Marshall, Plano, Sherman and Tyler. The firm focuses on the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, providing a wide array of litigation expertise in cases involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property; business disputes; contract claims; employment matters; real estate litigation and condemnation proceedings; serious personal injury and wrongful death; and other areas. For more information, please visit http://www.siebman.com.

For more information on Stephanie Barnes' recent promotion at Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, please contact Bruce Vincent at 800-559-4534 or bruce@androvett.com .