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First Name
Last Name
Kemp Smith, LLP

Areas of Practice
Thomas A. Forbes is a partner in the firm’s Business Department. His practice concentrates on legislative, regulatory agency and transaction matters. Mr. Forbes represents clients before state and federal regulatory agencies, the Texas Legislature, the U.S. Congress, and the federal Executive Branch.

Professional Affiliations
State Bar of Texas
Texas Bar Foundation
American Bar Foundation
Austin Bar Association

Bars & Courts
Texas, 1975
U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1989

Southwestern University, B.A., 1971
Baylor University, J.D., 1975

Professional and Civic Involvement
Mr. Forbes is a Trustee of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and a Director of the Austin Trust Company. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Center For Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas School of Law, served on the University of Texas School of Architecture Advisory Council, the U.T. McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors and is a past Chairman of Leadership Austin. In addition, Mr. Forbes was the founding President of the Travis County Children’s Advocacy Center and was presented the first Volunteer of the Year Award from the Texas Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers. He was also awarded a Citation of Merit by the Southwestern University Alumni Association.

Mr. Forbes previously chaired the State Legislation Committee, Sunset Review Committee, and the Administrative Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He has served in the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates and as a member of numerous ABA, State Bar and Austin Bar Association Committees. He recently completed a term on the ABA Latin American Law Initiatives Council and is a Life Fellow of both the Texas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.

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