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In 2002, The National Law Journal published its first annual listing of the nation’s top verdicts Since that time, no law firm in the nation has won more “Top 100 Verdicts” than McKool Smith. The firm’s record-breaking 23 top verdicts amount to nearly $3.8 billion in jury awards for the firm’s clients. These victories have earned McKool Smith accolades across the nation’s leading legal directories and rankings. The firm’s recent honors include:  

  • Chambers USA

    Chambers USA ranks the nation’s leading firms and lawyers in a wide range of practice areas and features client commentary. McKool Smith’s 2022 rankings include:

    • Ranked in Band 1 (highest ranking) for Intellectual Property in Texas. "It is simply the best trial firm I have worked with. McKool Smith knows how to prepare a case for trial and then how to win that trial."
    • Ranked in Band 1 for Litigation: General Commercial in Texas. “Highly experienced litigation outfit with an extensive roster of accomplished trial lawyers adept at representing sophisticated clients in a variety of commercial disputes. 
    • Ranked in the Spotlight Table (highest ranking) for Litigation: Securities: Institutional Plaintiffs in New York. "Strong litigation group noted for its representation of institutional investors acting as plaintiffs in securities litigation. Provides counsel to a number of financial institutions serving as administrators and trustees of RMBS trusts."
    • Ranked nationally as a leading firm for Intellectual Property. “Recognized for experience before federal and district courts, as well as before ITC and PTAB, and offers particular expertise on patent matters involving cellular and wireless technology.
    • Ranked Band 1 as a leading firm for Litigation: General Commercial in California. “Strong litigation practice based around a robust core of seasoned trial lawyers. Demonstrates broad strengths in disputes concerning intellectual property rights, professional liability issues and wider contractual disputes.
  • Chambers Global

    Chambers Global identifies leading lawyers and firms in more than 190 countries. McKool Smith's 2022 rankings include:

    • Ranked as a leading U.S. firm in the Intellectual Property: Patent category
  • Benchmark Litigation

    Benchmark Litigation focuses exclusively on litigation in the U.S. McKool Smith's 2022 rankings include:

    • Ranked nationally as a “Top 20 Trial Law Firm”
    • Ranked Tier 1 (highest ranking) nationally for Intellectual Property and Insurance
    • Ranked as a “Highly Recommended” litigation firm in Texas and “Recommended” in New York
  • The Legal 500

    For the past two decades, The Legal 500 Series has provided the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers in more than 100 countries. McKool Smith's 2022 rankings include:

    • Ranked nationally as a leading firm for Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation – Full Service.
  • Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000

    McKool Smith received national and regional rankings in the 2022 edition of IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Professionals.

    • One of seven trial powerhouses ranked nationally in the “Firms: plaintiff” category
    • One of six firms ranked Gold (highest tier) in Texas in the “Firms: litigation” category
  • Managing Intellectual Property

    Managing IP is a leading global resource covering all aspects of IP law and practice. Our 2022 accolades:


      • Awarded “Patent Plaintiff Firm – National”
      • Awarded "Patent Plaintiff Firm: Texas" category
  • Best Lawyers in America

    Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding lawyers by conducting surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their peers. McKool Smith's ranked practitioners for 2023 include:

    • Blake Bailey, Samuel Baxter, Mathew Cameron, John Campbell, Douglas Cawley, Gary Cruciani, Travis DeArman, Kirk Dillman, John Garvish, J. Michael Hennigan, Kevin Hess, Richard Kamprath, William LaFuze, Lewis LeClair, Kristin Leveille, Warren Lipschitz, Robert Manley, Veronica Manning, Nick Mathews, Mike McKool, Michael Miguel, Ashley Moore, Steven Pollinger, James Quigley, Hugh Ray, Steven Rizzi, Kevin Schubert, David Sochia, John Sparacino, Jennifer Truelove, and Avery Williams.
  • Best Law Firms in America

    Best Law Firms in America

    Best Law Firms features national and metropolitan firm rankings. Below are McKool Smith’s 2022 national Tier 1 rankings:

    National Tier 1

    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Litigation - Commercial
    • Litigation – Patent
    • Litigation – Securities
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