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McKool Smith Names Three New Principals

January 1, 2017

McKool Smith is pleased to announce the promotion of three attorneys to principals in the firm’s Austin and New York offices, effective January 1, 2017.

“Our new principals have made their mark in the firm by demonstrating true talent and a high level of client service.” said David Sochia, McKool Smith’s Managing Principal. “We look forward to their continued success.”

In Austin, Leah Bhimani Buratti handles patent litigation and commercial disputes.  She was a member of the McKool Smith trial team that secured a $345 million patent infringement verdict for Versata Software Inc. against SAP.  Prior to joining the firm, Leah served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Honorable Jorge A. Solis, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. 

In New York, Michelle Migdon represents corporate policyholders in all aspects of insurance recovery litigation and counseling. She recently served as a member of the McKool Smith trial team that secured a landmark summary judgment decision for Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (“TIAA”), College Retirement Equities Fund (“CREF”) and other related entities in Delaware Superior Court finding that a civil settlement of a lawsuit involving claims for disgorgement was an insurable loss under New York law, and secured a jury verdict finding that one insurer waived its consent to settle defense and that TIAA-CREF was entitled to recover 100% of its defense costs as reasonable and necessary.

Also in New York, Jonathan Yim focuses his practice on intellectual property, commercial litigation, and white collar matters.  He was a member of the McKool Smith trial team that secured a patent infringement judgment of over $290 million and a permanent injunction for i4i L.P. and i4i Inc. against Microsoft Corp, which was affirmed unanimously by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011. Over the past three years, Jonathan has conducted several extensive investigations abroad in connection with engagements involving a broad range of white collar matters, including allegations concerning money laundering, tax evasion, and art fraud, among others.

With more than 180 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C., McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. Since 2006, the firm has secured nine nine-figure jury verdicts and ten eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won  more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last ten years than any other law firm in the country. Courtroom successes like these have earned McKool Smith critical acclaim and helped the firm become what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” McKool Smith represents clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.