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Lewis T. LeClair

Dallas Office
Principal
Dallas Office

300 Crescent Court
Suite 1500
Dallas, TX 75201
TEL: 214.978.4984 FAX: 214.978.4044
lleclair@mckoolsmith.com

Lew LeClair has been handling complex commercial and intellectual property litigation on both the plaintiff and defense side for almost four decades. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has a particular specialization in complex financial litigation, antitrust, and accounting issues.

Mr. LeClair is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in his field by major legal directories, including Benchmark Litigation and Chambers USA. He is also ranked by Best Lawyers in several practice areas, including Bet-the-Company, Commercial, Securities, Bankruptcy, IP, and Patent Litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Archer Dental v Schein, et. al. (E.D. Texas)  Lead counsel for dental supply distributor claiming illegal group boycott and conspiracy in dental supply industry.
  • Dial Corporation, et. al., v News Corp.  (S.D. NY) Co-lead trial counsel for class of consumer product good companies claiming monopolization of the in-store advertising market. Case settled for $250 million on the first day of trial.
  • Lake Las Vegas Creditors Trust. (D. Nev) Lead counsel for Creditors Trust in action for recovery of $470M fraudulent transfer arising from transfers from real estate resort prior to bankruptcy.
  • Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation v Deloitte Touche, LLP. (M.D. Fla) Counsel in action pending in Florida seeking recovery of damages in excess of $1 billion arising from the failure of the Taylor, Bean & Whitaker mortgage corporation and audits performed by Deloitte.
  • John DeGroote Services, LLC, et. al. v John F. Harbach, et. al. (E.D. Va.) Co-lead counsel in Trustee action in Virginia against the former officers and directors of BearingPoint, Inc. for damages arising from the failure of the international consulting firm.
  • MetroPCS v Merrill Lynch (TX state and FINRA arbitration). Lead counsel on $100 million claim for securities fraud and negligent misrepresentation relating to auction rate securities with claims brought both in state court in Texas and in FINRA arbitration.
  • Enron Creditors Committee and Enron Creditors Recovery Corporation.(S.D. Houston) Served as lead litigation counsel for the Creditors Committee in Official Committee of Unsecured Committee v. Fastow, et. al., and in multi-district proceedings in Houston involving claims arising from the Enron Corp. bankruptcy. This litigation, one of the largest, if not the largest in American judicial history, involved massive discovery and multiple claims and parties. Successfully resolved numerous claims and suits brought on behalf of the bankruptcy estate against various defendants connected with the financial collapse of Enron.
  • In re ACS Securities Litigation. Consolidated C.A. No. 4940-VCP (Chancery Court of Delaware). Served as lead counsel for founder and Chairman of ACS in connection with merger of company with Xerox Corporation and significant issues regarding dual class stock. Cases pending in both Texas and Delaware consolidated and managed largely in the Chancery Court. Very favorable settlement for client who obtained significant premium over common shareholders.

Awards & Recognition

  • Ranked in Chambers USA as a leading commercial litigator (Band 2). The 2016 edition describes him as "brilliant when it comes to writing and researching," and notes that his "strategic senses are really well honed."  The 2014 edition describes him as a “smart guy” and a “tremendous lawyer.”
  • Ranked as a Commercial and Intellectual Property "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation (2015-2017).
  • Ranked in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer in Litigation: Bet-the-Company, Commercial, Bankruptcy, Intellectual Property, Patent, and Securities.
  • Named twice to the Dallas Business Journal listing of top litigators in Dallas.
  • Named by his peers to the list of Texas Super Lawyers every year since 2003.
  • Listed in the Lawdragon 500.

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