The National Law Journal published its first annual listing of the nation’s top verdicts in 2002. 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 2024 rankings include:

    • Ranked in Band 1 (highest ranking) for Intellectual Property in Texas. "McKool Smith is top of the heap for complex patent litigation and has a deep technical bench."
    • Ranked Band 1 (highest ranking) for Litigation: General Commercial in Texas. "The firm's strengths include thoroughness of research, attention to detail and command of the courtroom.
    • Ranked Band 1 (highest ranking) for Litigation: Securities: Institutional Plaintiffs in New York. "They're tenacious, effective litigators and they have a very strong bench."
    • Ranked nationally as a leading firm for Intellectual Property. "McKool Smith has several extremely skilled trial lawyers who understand how to provide practical advice that leads to efficient and successful results."
    • Ranked as a leading firm for Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded in California. "McKool Smith are highly professional and well regarded."
  • 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 2024 rankings include:

    • Ranked nationally as a “Top 20 Trial Law Firm”
    • Ranked as a “Highly Recommended” litigation firm. 
  • 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 2023 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 2023 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, Gary Cruciani, Travis DeArman, Kirk Dillman, 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, 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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