- Associate, Silicon Valley
“There is a very short list of top-flight firms with a national profile that offer real litigation experience to associates and still take on big, complicated cases. Luckily, I managed to land at one of them, and McKool Smith has delivered. At McKool Smith, I’m learning how to be a lawyer through the only way that it’s possible to learn—by actually doing, not just watching—on my feet, talking to clients and prospective clients, or writing at my desk. But what’s really made the firm stand apart is the approach that people bring to their work. I’ve really come to appreciate how great it is to be at a place that puts so much value in working well on a team, being supportive to colleagues, appreciative of staff, and civil to everyone while still being smart, aggressive, and effective litigators.”
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.