Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession, has recognized three Butler Snow attorneys in its 2019 edition of Texas’ Best Lawyers®.
Thomas A. Forbes has been recognized for administrative/regulatory law and government relations practice; Eric J.R. Nichols has been recognized for bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation and criminal defense: white-collar; and Martin A. Sosland has been recognized for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law.
“We are proud of Tom, Eric and Martin for their recognition by Texas’ Best Lawyers®,” said Donald Clark, Jr., chairman of Butler Snow. “They are each valuable leaders in our firm and trusted advisors to their clients. Their hard work has earned them great respect in the legal profession, and this recognition illustrates that.”
Forbes is a member of Butler Snow’s business department and focuses his practice on government affairs, regulatory matters and business transactions. He frequently represents clients before the Texas Legislature, state and federal regulatory agencies, U.S. Congress, federal executive branch and other state governments. Forbes has been recognized by Best Lawyers® for administrative/regulatory law and government relations practice since 2007 and as Austin’s government relations practice “Lawyer of the Year” in 2017.
Forbes is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. He is a Founding Fellow of the Austin Bar Foundation and is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the Austin Bar Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University and his Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law.
Nichols focuses his practice in the areas of civil and criminal litigation with a special emphasis on representing companies and individuals in business and commercial disputes, including pre-litigation counseling, the prosecution and defense of civil cases filed in court, the defense of civil claims pursued by government agencies and trials in courts and arbitrations. He also focuses his practice on representing companies and individuals during white-collar criminal investigations and proceedings in both the federal and state criminal justice systems. Nichols is a former deputy attorney general for criminal justice for the office of the Texas attorney general and a former assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Texas.
Nichols has been recognized by Best Lawyers® for his work in bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation and criminal defense: white collar since 2012, named a 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for criminal defense: white collar and named a 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation and/or criminal defense: white collar. He has also been recognized by Super Lawyers® as a Texas Super Lawyer for business litigation, by Chambers USA for litigation: general commercial (Texas), by Benchmark Litigation as a local litigation star in 2018, by Martindale-Hubbell® with an AV-Preeminent Peer Review rating and named a Lawyer of the Year by The Wall Street Journal and a Lawyer of the Year: Austin and San Antonio by Austin Monthly.
Nichols is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He received his bachelor’s degree, with distinction, from the University of Virginia and his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law.
Sosland is a member of Butler Snow’s finance, real estate and restructuring practice group and focuses his practice on public finance and bankruptcy and restructuring. He also has vast experience in business reorganizations, debtor and creditors’ rights and refinancing and acquisitions of troubled companies.
Sosland is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers® for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law since 2006, by Chambers USA for bankruptcy/restructuring, by Chambers Global as a leading bankruptcy/restructuring lawyer and by Who’s Who Legal for restructuring and insolvency.
Sosland is a member of the American and Dallas Bar Associations, the State Bar of Texas, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors and the John C. Ford American Inn of Court. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law.
Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in the publication is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor. Best Lawyers® compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which lawyers confidently evaluate their professional peers. The 2019 edition of Texas’ Best Lawyers® highlighted 3,970 lawyers and 270 “Lawyer of the Year” recipients from the state.