Thomas A. Forbes

Of Counsel
tforbes@coxsmith.com
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Austin
111 Congress Avenue
Suite 1800
Austin, Texas 78701
512-703-6312 tel
512-703-6399 fax
 

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Tom Forbes is a graduate of Southwestern University and Baylor University School of Law. His practice is focused on government affairs and regulatory issues. He represents clients before state and federal regulatory agencies, the Texas Legislature, the U.S. Congress, the Federal Executive Branch, and other state governments.

Tom’s practice has centered on advising clients on matters before regulatory agencies and legislative bodies. He has represented major corporations, professional societies, major league sports, and both foreign and state governments. Forbes’ practice includes advice, strategy development and advocacy.

Mr. Forbes is active in his community and profession. He is a Life Fellow of both the Texas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation, and has served on numerous bar association committees and as a leader of community volunteer efforts such as Leadership Austin, The Children’s Advocacy Center and higher education boards.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
  • Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, Trustee, 2001-2014
    • Vice Chair, 2012-2014
    • Institutional Advancement Committee, Chair
    • Nominating Committee
  • Austin Trust Company, Director
  • Austin Area Research Organization
  • Aberdeen Equities, LLC, Principal
  • Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, University of Texas School of Law, Fellow
  • Architecture Advisory Council, University of Texas
  • U.T. McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors
  • Leadership Austin, Former Chair
  • Travis County Children's Advocacy Center, Founding President
  • Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc., Recipient of First Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Southwestern University Alumni Association, Citation of Merit
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Advertising Review Committee
    • State Legislation Committee, Chair
    • Sunset Review Committee, Chair
    • Administrative Law Section, Chair
  • American Bar Association
    • Standing Committee on Government Affairs
    • Latin American Law Initiatives Council
    • Standing Committee on Election Law
    • Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel 
    • Special Commission on Latin American Affairs
    • House of Delegates
PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Peer Review Rating
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2011-2014
  • State Bar of Texas, Presidential Citation 
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Foundation, Founding Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow 
  • Phi Delta Phi
Certifications
Clerkships
Education
  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Southwestern University, B.A., 1971
Languages
Admitted to Practice
  • Texas, 1975
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit