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East Texas Law Firm Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith Changes Name

Elizabeth Forrest named partner, Larry Phillips becomes District Judge

SHERMAN/PLANO/MARSHALL/TYLER, TEXAS - The East Texas law firm Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith, LLP, is announcing the firm's new name with the departure of name partner Larry A. Phillips and the promotion of firm attorney Elizabeth Forrest to name partner.

Mr. Phillips was sworn in as Judge of the 59th District Court in Grayson County on May 1 following an appointment by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Mr. Phillips completed his eighth term as State Representative for District 62 in the Texas Legislature before decisively winning the Republican judicial primary for the 59th District Court in March.

"Larry Phillips has been my law partner for more than 15 years, and I can think of no one better suited to the role of District Judge," says firm founder Clyde M. Siebman. "That said, we will certainly miss his experienced counsel around the law office."

On a personal level, Mr. Siebman says he is tremendously proud that his daughter, Ms. Forrest, is stepping into her new role as name partner.

"Along with my childhood friend, the late Homer B. Reynolds, III, I founded this firm when he and I both were in our early 30's," Mr. Siebman says. "Elizabeth's new role signals the start of a new era for our firm. I am proud that our brand of trusted Texas legal counsel endures as our firm commences with its second generation of both partners and clients."

Ms. Forrest is a former law clerk to Judge Amos Mazzant III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, and she also serves as Chairperson of the Association of Women Lawyers of the Eastern District of Texas.

Siebman Forrest's lawyers provide decades of experience representing Texas-based and out-of-state clients in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas, as well as state courts stretching from the northern Dallas suburbs to the Red River and throughout East Texas. The firm's trial experience runs the full gamut of litigation, from patent, trademark and trade secret matters, to false claims, fraud, breach of contract, and wrongful death cases.

Mr. Siebman was named the Dallas/Fort Worth Lawyer of the Year for patent litigation in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Siebman Forrest also was named to the 2018 Best Law Firms list published by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report.

Clyde Siebman Honored for Key Role in East Texas Federal Court

Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith founder recognized for decades of service

SHERMAN, Texas - East Texas trial attorney Clyde M. Siebman recently was recognized for his decades of work to improve the practice of law in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in a surprise ceremony hosted by Chief Judge Ron Clark.

Mr. Siebman is the founder of Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith, LLP, which maintains offices in Eastern District cities of Plano, Sherman, Marshall and Tyler. He was named the Dallas/Fort Worth Lawyer of the Year for patent litigation in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Mr. Siebman has appeared as counsel in more than 450 federal court cases. Learn more about his work here.

Judge Clark recognized Mr. Siebman and Roger D. Sanders of Sanders, Motley, Young & Gallardo in Sherman for their extensive, behind-the-scenes roles in the Eastern District of Texas. Both have worked tirelessly to identify and recruit qualified judges to fill empty federal benches locally, including serving on the selection committee for Eastern District magistrate judges.

During the ceremony, Chief Judge Clark announced that both attorneys' portraits will now hang in the attorney conference rooms at the Paul Brown Federal Courthouse in Sherman. Also in attendance were U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant III, U.S. Magistrate Judge Christine A. Nowak and other distinguished guests.

"It is an honor to work before the esteemed judges in the Eastern District, and it starts at the top with Chief Judge Ron Clark," says Mr. Siebman. "I've practiced in courtrooms in many federal districts and can honestly say that the Eastern District is home to some of the best federal judges in the country."

A former law clerk to the late Eastern District Judge Paul Brown, Mr. Siebman is the founding member of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, serving an unprecedented four terms as president. He also has served on the Eastern District's Local Rules Advisory Committee, Non-Appropriated Fund Committee, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee. He has served as chairman of the Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference since 2009.

Siebman, Forrest, Burg & 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. The firm's experienced attorneys provide litigation expertise in cases involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other business disputes. For more information, please visit http://www.siebman.com.

Clyde Siebman Addresses Naples Roundtable on Patent Venue Reforms

East Texas trial lawyer joins invitation-only group of worldwide patent law leaders

SHERMAN, Texas - Accomplished trial lawyer Clyde Siebman of East Texas-based Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith, LLP, recently joined an invitation-only group of 100 of the world's leading judges, attorneys and academics to address the important issues impacting patent law.

Mr. Siebman was one of only two private practice attorneys from Texas to participate in The Naples Roundtable's inaugural Leahy Institute of Advanced Patent Studies in Naples, Florida. Named in honor of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the Institute is dedicated to finding ways to improve and strengthen the patent system.

In addition to Mr. Siebman, participants included esteemed judges from U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; respected patent law professors; in-house counsel from major U.S. innovation-centric companies; and leading patent attorneys from the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.

"It was an honor to be invited to join this incredible group that's dedicated to improving the patent system," says Mr. Siebman. "The Naples Roundtable discussions are aimed at producing thoughtful and innovative solutions to existing and future issues in patent law."

Mr. Siebman was among seven panelists who discussed the best ways to address patent lawsuit venue issues following last year's precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. That decision, which placed limits where patent litigation can be filed, is widely regarded as one of the most impactful patent rulings in recent Supreme Court history.

The founder and four-term president of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, Mr. Siebman earned selection as the Dallas/Fort Worth Lawyer of the Year for patent litigation in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Siebman, Forrest, Burg & 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. The firm's experienced attorneys provide litigation expertise in cases involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other business disputes. For more information, please visit http://www.siebman.com.

Texas-based Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith Earns Best Law Firms Ranking

Firm recognized for litigation excellence in federal patent, copyright, business cases

SHERMAN, Texas - Texas-based Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith, LLP, has earned a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in Dallas/Fort Worth for patent, copyright and commercial litigation on the 2018 Best Law Firms list.

The firm's selection to the exclusive listing published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers followed nominations from other lawyers throughout D/FW, including the Eastern District cities of Plano and Sherman.

Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith is a full-service litigation boutique with more than 25 years of experience representing some of the world's largest corporations, medium and small businesses, federal, state and local officials, and other individuals. Based in Sherman, the firm also maintains offices in the Eastern District cites of Lufkin, Marshall, Plano/Dallas and Tyler.

Earlier this year, firm founder Clyde M. Siebman was named the Dallas/Fort Worth Lawyer of the Year for patent litigation in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he was named D/FW's top patent litigator after earning the highest overall ranking from other local trial attorneys who handle patent cases. This geographical area includes portions of the Eastern District of Texas as well as the Northern District of Texas. Mr. Siebman has appeared as counsel in more than 400 federal court cases in the Eastern District of Texas during his career.

Mr. Siebman and fellow name partner Michael C. Smith were named to the 2017 Texas Super Lawyers list based on their work in intellectual property litigation and commercial litigation. Fellow firm partner Stephanie Barnes previously is earned selection to the companion Texas Rising Stars list of the state's top young lawyers.

Siebman, Forrest, Burg & 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. The firm's experienced attorneys provide litigation expertise in cases involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other business disputes.

Clyde Siebman Named Dallas/Fort Worth Patent Trial Lawyer of the Year

Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith founder ranked #1 for patent litigation expertise

PLANO/SHERMAN, TEXAS - Accomplished Texas trial attorney Clyde M. Siebman has earned selection as the Dallas/Fort Worth Lawyer of the Year for patent trials in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. His selection is based on nominations from attorneys throughout the D/FW area, including the Eastern District cities of Plano and Sherman.

Mr. Siebman is the founder of Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith, LLP, which maintains offices in Plano, Sherman and the other Eastern District cities of Marshall and Tyler. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has appeared as counsel in more than 400 federal court cases during his career. Learn more about his work here.

In addition to his patent litigation expertise, Mr. Siebman also is recognized in Best Lawyers for his extensive work in commercial litigation, copyright law, and trademark law. He was named D/FW's top patent litigator after earning the highest overall ranking from other local trial attorneys who handle patent cases.

The annual Best Lawyers guide identifies the nation's top attorneys based purely on nominations submitted by other lawyers. Now in its 24th edition, Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most-respected guides to the U.S. legal profession. This marks Mr. Siebman's fifth consecutive Best Lawyers selection.

Recognized as one of the country's leading patent litigation attorneys based on work for clients in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas, Mr. Siebman leads the Sherman and Plano offices of Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith. He is the founding president of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for more than 20 years, and selected to the annual Texas Super Lawyers list since it debuted in 2003.

Siebman, Forrest, Burg & 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. The firm's experienced attorneys provide litigation expertise in cases involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other business disputes.

Siebman, Forrest, Burg & 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, Forrest, Burg & 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: /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, Forrest, Burg & 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

Siebman Forrest 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

Siebman Forrest 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 Siebman Forrest 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

Siebman Forrest congratulates Stephanie Barnes on becoming president of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association. She joins the ranks of partners Siebman, Smith and Barnes 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, Forrest, Burg & 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, Forrest, Burg & 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, Forrest, Burg & Smith Promotes Stephanie Barnes to Partner

PLANO, Texas – The Texas-based law firm Siebman, Forrest, Burg & 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, Forrest, Burg & 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, Forrest, Burg & 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.