Deborah D. Williamson

Managing Director
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San Antonio
112 E. Pecan Street
Suite 1800
San Antonio, Texas 78205
210-554-5275 tel
210-226-8395 fax

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As Managing Director of Cox Smith, Deborah Williamson is responsible for guiding and shaping the firm’s business and client service strategies. In addition to her leadership position, Williamson continues to practice insolvency and restructuring law for which she is nationally and internationally renowned. She led the firm’s bankruptcy department for nearly three decades and has participated in different aspects of firm management for many years.
Williamson is regularly called on by clients in a variety of industries for her bankruptcy experience and advice regarding counter-party risk. She currently serves as one of the 19 members of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Bankruptcy Reform Commission and was recently awarded the ABI’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which has been presented only twice in the ABI’s nearly 30-year history. Based in San Antonio, she travels frequently around the state, nation and world to address colleagues and counsel clients on bankruptcy issues and trends.
Williamson has been named a leader in her field by Chambers USA since 2003, selected for inclusion by Texas Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas (regardless of practice) and as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas and one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Central Texas since the honor’s inception. Named one of The Best Lawyers in America© consecutively for over two decades, she was recently included for the second time in Texas Lawyer’s Go-To Guide as one of the top five bankruptcy attorneys in the state of Texas, which is compiled by the magazine’s editorial department and published only every five years. She is also the current Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association. In 2012, Williamson co-authored When Gushers Go Dry, a guide to oil and gas bankruptcy. She had previously co-authored Bankruptcy Litigation for the Commercial Litigator.
  • State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Law Section, Chair, 2006-2007
  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow and Director, 2013-present 
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, President, 1997-1998
  • US Mexico Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2008-2013
  • American Board of Certification, Treasurer, 2007
  • Texas Board of Certification, Bankruptcy Law Commission, Chair, 2003-2006
  • American Bar Association Litigation Section, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation Committee, Chair, 2010-2013
  • San Antonio Public Library Foundation, former Director and Member of the Executive Committee
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rating, 1993-present
  • Finalist in Bankruptcy for the "Go-To-Guide," Texas Lawyer, 2012
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, "Lifetime Achievement Award", 2011
  • Named "San Antonio Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers In America®, 2011
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 1995-2015
  • Selected for inclusion as a "Texas Super Lawyer," Law and Politics Magazine, 2003-2013
  • Selected for inclusion in the "Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas," Law and Politics Magazine, 2003-2013
  • Selected for inclusion in the "Top 50 Lawyers in Central and West Texas," Law and Politics Magazine, 2003-2013
  • Selected for inclusion in the "Top 100 Lawyers in Texas," Law and Politics Magazine
  • Selected for inclusion as a "Top Lawyer," Corporate Counsel® - January 2010 Annual Guide
  • Selected for inclusion as one of five lawyers in the "Go-To-Guide," Texas Lawyer, 2007 and 2012
  • Chambers USA, Leader in their Field, 2006-2014
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers, Insolvency/Corporate Recovery - Texas, 2003-2013
  • "Texas Super Lawyer," Texas Monthly, 2014
  • Euromoney Guide to Leading U.S. Insolvency Lawyers 
  • Scene in SA, "San Antonio's Best Lawyers," 2005-2013
  • Strathmore's Who's Who
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who’s Who Legal: Texas
  • Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • American Board of Certification, American Bankruptcy Board of Certification
  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1981
  • The University of Texas at El Paso, B.A., with honors, 1977
Admitted to Practice
  • Texas, 1982
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit and Second Circuit
  • United States District Court Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas