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Kemp Smith

Founded in 1866, Kemp Smith has 150 years of experience serving our clients, communities and profession.  Attorneys in each of our firm’s areas of practice are experienced professionals who will be as dedicated to your business as you are. We continually strive to surpass clients’ expectations through responsiveness, competence and integrity.  Our attorneys have deep experience over a broad range of sophisticated legal matters.

The firm boasts 13 partners many who have been selected to the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers by publishers Thomson Reuters, to the 2019 Rising Stars by publishers Thomson Reuters, to the 2019 Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White publishers, or listed in Chambers USA. These attorneys practice in Business, Labor & Employment, Litigation and Appellate Law.  

Kemp Smith lawyers are dedicated to ensuring the delivery of prompt, world-class personal service and advice. The firm is fully staffed to address a wide range of legal needs, including:

  • Appellate
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
  • Corporate and Business
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Government Relations
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Nationality Law
  • Probate and Trust
  • Public Education
  • Public Law
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Telecommunications
  • Water Law


Our board certified appellate counsel are uniquely qualified to advise trial counsel and clients not only on preservation of error and appellate strategy, but also on techniques for obtaining optimal tax treatment of judgments and settlements, an area that has undergone significant change in recent years.


Our banking and finance lawyers represent financial institutions and corporate and individual borrowers in a wide variety of financing transactions. Institutional clients include banks as well as commercial financing and leasing companies.

Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights

Kemp Smith's Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice focuses on representing debtors, creditors’ committees and trustees, as well as representing creditors in all types of bankruptcy cases.

Corporate and Business

The business attorneys at Kemp Smith achieve client objectives by combining a high level of technical and substantive legal expertise with an understanding of their clients’ businesses. The combined experience of our business attorneys encompasses all facets of domestic and international business activities, as well as non-profit organizations.

Environmental, Administrative and Public Law

Kemp Smith provides its clients with legal expertise in the areas of environmental, natural resources, administrative and public law.

Estate Planning

Kemp Smith attorneys advise high net worth individuals and families with sophisticated estate planning and wealth transfers and asset protection.

Health Law

Our healthcare clients include hospitals, surgical centers, home health agencies and physicians. We have represented providers in a wide variety of issues, including medical malpractice litigation and regulatory compliance matters

Immigration and Nationality Law

Kemp Smith provides its clients with legal expertise in the areas of Immigration and Nationality Law focusing on law matters with a special focus on all employment-based visas, both temporary and permanent, labor certifications, investor visas, executive/manager transferees and I-9 employment verification issues, as well as a wide range of family-based issues, including processing of legal permanent residence, naturalization, hardship waivers and immigration issues involving international adoptions.

International Law

Kemp Smith provides its clients with legal expertise in the areas of International Law focusing on International arbitration and dispute resolution, enforcement of international contracts, judgments and evidence discovery and coordination of international litigation.

Intellectual Property

Kemp Smith provides its clients with the legal expertise necessary to protect, develop and exploit their intellectual property and to avoid problems arising from the infringement of intellectual property of others. In addition, Kemp Smith also enforces and defends the interests of its clients in trials and other commercial disputes involving all types of intellectual property.

Labor and Employment

Kemp Smith has one of the largest and most experienced groups of labor and employment law attorneys in the Southwest. Our labor and employment department exclusively represents employers, both private and public, in a wide variety of labor and employment matters. We litigate before State and Federal Courts, as well as the NLRB, OSHRC, FMSHRC.


Kemp Smith’s litigation practice is divided primarily between commercial and insurance defense litigation. The firm's trial lawyers practice before Texas and New Mexico state and federal courts and have extensive experience in virtually all aspects of trial practice. The Litigation Department is committed to the principle that avoidance of unnecessary litigation is as important as the successful pursuit and conclusion of a lawsuit.

Real Estate

Kemp Smith understands our clients’ real estate needs and we assist in planning the structure of and negotiating complex real estate transactions.


Kemp Smith advises individuals, partnerships and corporations on domestic and international tax planning and compliance. Our extensive experience and relationships of mutual respect with federal and state taxing authorities enable us effectively to represent the interests of our clients in tax matters.

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C.B. Burns

Clara (C.B.) Burns is a Partner in the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department and a member of the Firm's Management Committee. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is also licensed in New Mexico. C.B. represents employers in all aspects of workplace law, including advice and counseling, workplace investigations, handbook and policy reviews, and litigation defense of discrimination, discharge, and other employment matters in the federal and state courts of Texas and New Mexico and before numerous governmental agencies.

Some of C.B.’s recent successes include:

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Gilbert Sanchez


Gilbert L. Sanchez is a partner in the firm's Labor and Employment Department. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico. Gilbert is a native of El Paso, Texas and attended the University of Texas at El Paso where he earned his B.A. in Business Finance in 2004, and the University of Wisconsin School of Law where he earned his J.D. in 2007.

Gilbert joined the firm in January 2008. Since that time, Gilbert has successfully represented employers in various types of employment matters including discrimination lawsuits and wage and hour disputes. In...
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