23 McKool Smith Principals have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 edition of "Best Lawyers in America" and 6 attorneys chosen for "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch."

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  • Douglas Cawley (Litigation: Commercial, IP, and Patent)
  • Gary Cruciani (Litigation: Commercial, M&A, and Securities); 2020 Lawyer of the Year for Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Lew LeClair (Litigation: Bet-the-Company, Commercial, Bankruptcy, Insurance Law, Banking and Finance, IP, Patent, and Securities)
  • Robert Manley (Litigation: IP, Commercial, IP, and Patent)
  • Mike McKool (Litigation: Bet-the-Company, Commercial, Banking & Finance, IP, M&A, Patent, and Securities);
  • David Sochia (Litigation: IP and Patent)
  • Avery Williams (Litigation: Commercial Litigation) *Debut Ranking
  • Richard Kamprath (Ones to Watch: Commercial)
  • Warren Lipschitz (Ones to Watch: IP)


Los Angeles:


New York:

  • Hugh Ray (Litigation: Bankruptcy; and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
  • Kevin Schubert (Ones to Watch: Commercial and Patent)
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