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32 Langley & Banack Attorneys are named 2023 Best Lawyers in America

Thirty-two Langley & Banack attorneys are named 2023 Best Lawyers in America across 24 different areas of practice.  Below is the complete list.

  1. James J. Aycock
    Trusts and Estates
  2. Arthur H. Bayern
    Litigation – Trusts and Estates
    Trusts and Estates
  3. William T. Bayern
    Trusts and Estates
  4. Michael C. Boyle
    Litigation – Real Estate
  5. Steven R. Brook
    Real Estate Law
  6. Steven D. Browne
    Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  7. Clinton M. Butler
    Oil and Gas Law
  8. Charla D. Davies
    Collaborative Law: Family Law
  9. Moulton S. Dowler, Jr.
    Family Law
  10. Otto Stoler Good
    Commercial Litigation
    Insurance Law
  11. David S. Gragg
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Litigation – Bankruptcy
  12. Christopher T. Hodge
    Litigation – Trusts and Estates
  13. James A. Hoffman
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Litigation – Bankruptcy
  14. Peter Lee Kilpatrick
    Commercial Litigation
  15. Roger D. Kirstein
    Commercial Litigation
    Litigation – Construction
  16. Jo Chris Lopez
    Appellate Practice
    Family Law
  17. James K. Lowry, Jr.
    Construction Law
    Real Estate Law
  18. Lucretia R. Marmor
    Commercial Litigation
    Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  19. Ian M. McLin
    Litigation – Construction
  20. Joyce W. Moore 
    Litigation – Trusts and Estates
  21. Sara Murray
    Appellate Practice
    Commercial Litigation
  22. Robinson C. Ramsey
    Appellate Practice
  23. J. Patrick Rouse
    Real Estate Law
  24. Marc J. Schnall
    Real Estate Law
  25. William W. Sommers
    Construction Law
  26. George H. Spencer, Jr.
    Bet-the-Company Litigation
    Commercial Litigation
    Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
  27. Catherine M. Stone
    Appellate Practice
  28. Kristal Cordova Thomson
    Family Law
  29. Steven B. Treu
    Commercial Litigation
  30. Erica Valladares
    Employment Law – Management
    Litigation – Labor and Employment
  31. Thomas H. Veitch
    Insurance Law
  32. Stephen E. Walraven
    Commercial Litigation
    Insurance Law
    Litigation – Insurance

Arthur H. Bayern

Arthur H. Bayern is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Bo...

Catherine M. Stone

With nearly four decades of legal and judicial experience, Catherine M. Stone brings a seasoned and realistic view to legal issues. Board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in civil appellate law, Catherine served as a justice on the Fourth Court of Appeals for nearly 21 years. ...

Charla D. Davies

Charla Davies is a family law specialist, Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

She has experience in high conflict family law matters including, divorce, child custody, child support, and enforcement of court orders. In addition to her trial practice, she also practi...

Christopher T. Hodge

Chris Hodge is a Shareholder in Langley & Banack’s San Antonio Office.  Mr. Hodge’s practice is focused primarily on Estates, Trusts, Fiduciary Litigation including will co...

Clinton M. Butler

Clinton Butler is a Shareholder who works in both the San Antonio and Karnes City Offices and also serves as the Chair of Langley & Banack, Inc.’s Oil, Gas & Energy practice group.  Clinton’s oil and gas practices primarily center around representing landowners in transaction and lit...

David S. Gragg

Mr. Gragg represents debtors and trustees in Chapter 11 proceedings and related litigation. He also represents creditors in preference actions, claims objections, and reclamation actions. In addition to his extensive bankruptcy practice, Mr. Gragg also handles a varie...

Private: Erica Valladares

Ms. Valladares is a Shareholder in the firm’s labor and employment and government law sections, with experience representing both public and private clients in litigation and providing general advice and counsel.  Ms. Valladares’ governmental background includes assisting municipalities, uti...

George H. Spencer, Jr.

Mr. Spencer has decades of experience in handling a wide variety of civil cases in both state and federal courts, with first chair jury trials to verdict in lawsuits ranging from RICO to wrongful death, from breach of fiduciary duty to rock quarry nuisance, and from legal malpractice to scope of ...

Ian M. McLin

Ian McLin is a Shareholder in Langley & Banack’s San Antonio Office. Mr. McLin’s practice is focused primarily on construction, surety, insurance, and commercial litigation. He has represented clients in complex multi-party construction disputes regarding non-performance or defective perf...

J. Patrick Rouse

Patrick Rouse is a Shareholder in the Real Estate and Corporate Law sections of Langley & Banack. Patrick’s real estate experience includes representation of both landlords and tenants in the negotiation of commercial leases, representation of buyers and sellers of commercial property, incl...

James A. Hoffman (Jim)

Jim Hoffman devotes his practice almost exclusively to bankruptcy litigation. His bankruptcy practice has included numerous Chapter 7, 11 and 13 Trustee representations, bankruptcy legal malpractice defenses, national creditor representations (including many Fortune 100 and 500 Companies) and gen...

James J. Aycock

James J. Aycock is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He served as the Estate and Gift Tax Editor and Editor in Chief of the Reporter published by the Real Estat...

Private: James K. Lowry, Jr.

Jim Lowry has a very broad-based business practice. He assists clients in forming corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, joint ventures, professional corporations, professional associations, non-profit corporations and othe...

Jo Chris Lopez

Ms. Lopez is one of the top San Antonio family law and appellate lawyers. As a Shareholder in Langley & Banack’s San Ant...

Joyce W. Moore

Joyce Moore is a Trust and Probate Litigation attorney who also handles commercial and oil and gas litigation matters. Ms. Moore is a frequent lecturer for the State Bar of Texas and...

Kristal Cordova Thomson

Ms. Thomson is a family law specialist, board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She focuses on divorces with complex or high net worth estates and complicated custody issues. Ms. Thomson has tried numerous cases, but is also highly experienced in negotiated settl...

Marc J. Schnall

Mr. Schnall practices in the areas of real estate, municipal, business, corporate formation and transactions, and probate and estate planning. He is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law and Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Schnall has ext...

Michael Charles Boyle

Michael Boyle is involved in a general civil litigation practice with emphasis in personal injury and real estate litigation. Mr. Boyle also has considerable experience representing governmental entities, as well as financial institutions.  Born on Ma...

Moulton S. Dowler, Jr.

Moulton Dowler has a very broad-based civil practice with emphasis on family law and general litigation. Mr. Dowler is a San Antonio Family attorney that has been involve...

Peter Lee Kilpatrick

Peter Kilpatrick has a varied commercial litigation practice.  He has tried over 75 cases to verdict for both plaintiffs and defendants in his almost 40 years of practice, many involving contract and business disputes, injunction and real estate relat...

Robinson C. Ramsey

Rob Ramsey is an appellate specialist who is board-certified in civil appellate law and family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  In addition to his appellate practice, he has authored or co-authored six ...

Roger D. Kirstein

Roger Kirstein’s practice is concentrated in the area of Civil Litigation. Over time, the majority of his practice has involved commercial litigation pertaining to a wide range of disputes (i.e. real estate, corporate, construction, consumer, emp...

Sara Murray

Sara Murray is an appellate attorney whose practice embraces all aspects of civil appellate law.  In state and federal appellate courts, her practice includes briefing, oral argumentation, and motions.  In state and federal trial courts, she provides litigation support to clients and trial atto...

Stephen E. Walraven

Stephen E. Walraven has been practicing as a trial lawyer in San Antonio and South Texas since 1975. He has successfully handled a variety of commercial lawsuits, including contract disputes, construction claims, negligence suits, and in particular insurance disputes....

Steven Bruce Treu (Steve)

Steve Treu is a Shareholder in Langley & Banack’s San Antonio office. Mr. Treu’s practice focuses on Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Collections Law, Extraordinary Remedies, Landlord-Tenant, Construction...

Steven D. Browne


Steve Browne practices in the area of general civil trial law, including construction, legal malpractice, commercial matters, and all facets of insurance litigation (personal injury defense, first party cases, and coverage).  He has been Board Certified...

Steven R. Brook (Steve)

Steve Brook has been practicing in the area of real estate and mortgage lending in San Antonio since 1980. His real estate practice includes a broad range of representation of landlords and tenants in commercial leasing, and the buying and selling of r...

Thomas H. Veitch (Tom)

Engaged in the practice of law since 1973 in San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Veitch’s practice focuses on Insurance Law, Insurance Claims and Coverage, Wills, Trusts, Probate Law and Litigation, Expert Witness/Consulting, and General Business Law. Mr. Veitch was previou...

William T. Bayern

William T. Bayern is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and is licensed to practice before the United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bayern...

William W. Sommers

William W. (Bill) Sommers has an extensive  construction and commercial law practice.  He has been practicing construction law for almost 40 years.   He was originally licensed in Texas in 1976 and is currently admitted in several Federal Courts and Districts, as w...


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