- Associate, Los Angeles
"When I started as a litigator, I assumed that working in a big law firm in New York meant never going to trial. What I find so great about McKool Smith is that they regard every case as one that could go to trial. It is that mindset that I find so appealing about the firm."
McKool Smith is a true trial firm. We deliver victories in complex disputes covering virtually every kind of commercial litigation.
Our lawyers approach all cases as if they will go to trial, and we have the track record to prove that our strategies succeed. McKool Smith has won more The National Law Journal and VerdictSearch “Top 100 Verdicts” in the past five years than any other law firm in the country. Our achievements have earned critical acclaim, including a recognition by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.”
Associates at our firm never sit on the sidelines: their work is substantive and consequential. When we secured a nine-figure patent infringement verdict in a recent jury trial in Florida, our team consisted of two principals and eight associates, two of whom were first-year lawyers. As in every McKool trial, associates sat at counsel’s table, conducted direct and cross examinations, and argued substantive issues to the judge.
In addition to practical experience, we provide quality mentorship programs led by our firm’s best trial lawyers. New associates are trained in 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.