- Associate, Dallas
"As a lateral from a Big Law firm, I came to McKool Smith for one reason: I wanted to go to trial. Within six weeks of joining the firm, I got my wish. The firm sent me to East Texas to represent a major client in a multimillion dollar patent infringement trial. Despite being a junior member of the team, I assisted with direct and cross examination, oversaw trial briefing, and stood up in court to argue evidentiary disputes. Briefly put, I learned more in those first three months at McKool Smith than I had in the two years before I joined the firm. I have had the privilege of working with many of the greatest lawyers I have ever known—men and women I also count among my friends. I cannot imagine a better place to practice law."
At McKool Smith, we invest in your success through ongoing training and development. Firm leaders work directly with new associates to learn best practices for taking and defending depositions, legal writing, interacting with clients and opposing counsel, courtroom advocacy, and developing a case from start to finish. Experienced lawyers and business support professionals benefit from a wide range of career development options.
We believe that associates become trial lawyers by actually practicing law. There are McKool Smith associates who have taken depositions two weeks after passing the bar exam, drafted and argued summary judgment motions during their first year at the firm, and examined their first witness at trial in their second year at the firm.
In addition, we offer each of our professionals constructive feedback as well as a truly collaborative firm culture that supports you every step of the way. From state-of-the-art technology to in-depth professional development programs, you’ll find all the tools you need to flourish in your career. Because when our people excel, we all benefit.