Clyde M. Siebman is the founder of Texas-based Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith, LLP, where he manages the firm’s offices in Sherman and Plano. He concentrates his practice on assisting companies, firms, and individuals in complex civil litigation in the federal and state courts of Texas, with an emphasis on practice within the Eastern District of Texas, the Dallas Division of the Northern District of Texas, and the Austin Division of the Western District of Texas. He has appeared as counsel in over 400 Eastern District of Texas cases. Clyde tried his first Marshall, Texas, jury trial in 1992 before the late Judge Sam Hall, for whom the Marshall Division federal courthouse is named.
Clyde is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has earned selection to the annual Texas Super Lawyers list published by Thompson Reuters in Texas Monthly magazine since the list debuted in 2003. He has also maintained an “AV” Peer Reviewed ranking (very high to exemplary) by Martindale-Hubbell for over two decades, and he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America published by Woodward/White, Inc., since 2014 based on his expertise in Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Commercial Litigation. In addition, he was listed as the 2020 Dallas/Fort Worth Lawyer of the Year for Copyright Law and the 2019 Dallas/Fort Worth Lawyer of the Year for Patent Litigation in Best Lawyers based on the publication’s peer review process, which involves nominations from other lawyers.
Clyde currently serves as Chairman of the Bench Bar Committee for the Eastern District of Texas and as Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Institute for Law and Technology at the Center for American and International Law in Plano (formerly Southwestern Legal Foundation). He also co-chairs the Eastern District of Texas Committee on Judicial Resources. He previously served as a member of the Eastern District of Texas’ Local Rules Advisory Committee, Non-Appropriated Fund Committee and U.S. Magistrate-Judge Merit Selection Committee. Clyde founded the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association in 1996 and served as its founding president for four terms.
Clyde also is very active in Texas public affairs, including serving by way of gubernatorial appointment as Red River Compact Commissioner, Chairman of the Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority, member of the board of directors for the Red River Authority of Texas and Red River Boundary Commissioner. He was named as conservator of Texarkana’s Riverbend Water Resources District by the 82nd Texas Legislature and he served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas representing the lawyers of Northeast Texas. Clyde is a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and is a former member of the Presidential Electoral College of the United States.