Who We Are

Firm Overview

McKool Smith was founded in 1991 with a group of 13 trial lawyers in Dallas. Over the last 20 years, we have attracted and retained the highest caliber of legal talent, which has enabled McKool Smith to increase to more than 185 trial lawyers and open offices in Austin, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC. The firm’s ability to grow and succeed is a direct reflection of the growth and success of our clients.

McKool Smith is entrepreneurial and has a history of strategically adding offices and practice areas in anticipation of changes in the legal market. For instance, in 1996, the firm expanded into Marshall, Texas in the Eastern District, which would soon establish a reputation as a "rocket docket" for patent infringement cases. The firm prepared for the patent litigation boom by opening an office in Austin in 2000 and launching an Intellectual Property (IP) litigation practice. We then enhanced our IP litigation practice with the addition of an International Trade Commission (ITC) litigation practice and a new Washington, DC office in 2007 as the ITC gained momentum as a popular forum for U.S. businesses to resolve their infringement disputes.

Later in 2007, the firm opened an office in New York City and added a white collar defense practice in response to increased government enforcement and investigations as a result of the financial crisis. In 2009, McKool Smith expanded into bankruptcy litigation with the opening of its Houston office. The expansion was timed perfectly to the national spike in bankruptcy filings and unsuccessful business ventures. 

In September 2011, the firm announced its expansion to the West Coast with the addition of 35 trial lawyers from Hennigan Dorman, a Los Angeles-based trial firm. Our combined firm, McKool Smith, does business as McKool Smith Hennigan in California. Eight months later, in May 2012, the firm continued its growth in California by opening an office in Silicon Valley.

We maintain a fierce commitment to the success of our clients, and are dedicated to maintaining a firm culture that fosters respect, trust, and collaboration. These standards have become McKool Smith’s hallmark, and they enable the firm to deliver the highest levels of service to clients.