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DALLAS -- McKool Smith and eight attorneys from the firm have earned rankings in the prestigious Chambers USA guide to the top law firms and individual attorneys in the United States. 

For the second consecutive year, McKool Smith is ranked as one of the top law firms in the country for intellectual property matters. The 2010 edition of Chambers USA also ranks McKool Smith as one of the top commercial litigationand intellectual property litigation firms in Texas. Only one year after establishing the firm’s white collar litigation practice, McKool Smith also is ranked as one of the top firms in New York for white collar criminal matters and government investigations.  

“Everyone at McKool Smith is very excited to be recognized again as one of the country’s top law firms, especially since this recognition comes from one of the world’s most trusted legal publishers,” says Mike McKool, co-founder of the firm.  

Chambers USA is compiled by Chambers and Partners, a London-based publisher of guides to the world's leading law firms and lawyers. To compile the 2010 edition, researchers conducted more than 10,000 interviews with attorneys and business leaders from across the U.S. The final list can be viewed at www.chambersandpartners.com/usa.  

In addition to Mr. McKool, firm principals Sam Baxter, Douglas Cawley, and Ted Stevenson of Dallas, and Austin managing principal T. Gordon White earned recognition for their work in intellectual property litigation. Mr. McKool, Mr. Baxter, and Dallas principal Lewis T. LeClair are highlighted for their capabilities in commercial litigation

Firm principal and nationally recognized bankruptcy attorney Hugh Ray also is included in the 2010 guide as one of the top bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys in Texas. Mr. Ray leads the firm’s bankruptcy practice from offices in Houston and New York.

With more than 130 litigators working as an integrated team across offices in New York, Washington, D.C. and Texas, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. The firm has been recognized by The National Law Journal and VerdictSearch for winning more Top 100 verdicts than any other U.S. law firm during the past three years.  McKool Smith represents leading clients across a broad range of practice areas, including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense.

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