El Paso

221 N. Kansas, Suite 1700
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: 915.533.4424
Fax: 915.546.5360


919 Congress Ave., Suite 1305
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512.320.5466
Fax: 512.320.5431

Las Cruces

3800 E. Lohman Ave., Suite C
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Phone: 575.527.0023
Fax: 915.546.5360

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Thomas A. Forbes

Email: tom.forbes@kempsmith.com
Telephone: 512.320.5466 / Fax: 512.320.5431

Tom Forbes is a partner in the Public and Environmental Law Department in Austin, TX. His practice focuses on government affairs, regulatory matters and business transactions. He represents clients before Texas Legislature, state and federal regulatory agencies, U.S. Congress, Federal Executive Branch and other state governments.

He has represented corporations, professional societies, major league sports and both foreign and state governments. His practice includes advice, strategy development and advocacy.

Mr. Forbes has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2007-2019.  He was named 2017 Best Lawyers Austin - Government Relations Practice - Lawyer of the Year. 



  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1975,
    • Phi Delta Phi
  • Southwestern University, B.A., 1971


  • State Bar of Texas
    • Legislative and Campaign Law Section, Council Member
    • 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
    • Standing Committee on Group and Prepaid Legal Services
    • House of Delegates
  • American Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Foundation (Founding Fellow)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)


  • Texas, 1975
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional & Civic Involvement

Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, Board of Trustees 2001-2014

  • Vice Chair
  • Institutional Advancement Committee, Chair
  • Nominating Committee

Austin Trust Company, Director, Chair, Audit Committee

Austin Area Research Organization

Wesleyan Homes, Inc., Director

Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, University of Texas School of Law, Fellow

Texas Lyceum

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 Law Resources, Inc., Director and Former Chair