Texas Lawyer has recognized McKool Smith Dallas principal Lewis LeClair as 2020 “Texas Trailblazers.” Texas Trailblazers in a special supplement developed by Texas Lawyer to recognize professionals who have made significant marks on the state’s legal profession.
Lew LeClair has nearly 40 years’ experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes commercial litigation disputes across a broad range of industries. His recent victories include serving as lead counsel in securing a significant appellate victory on behalf of Soaring Wind Energy, LLC and its investors before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, affirming a $63 million arbitration award for the plaintiffs against Catic USA following a failed wind energy joint venture. He also secured a favorable Fifth Circuit decision on behalf of Archer & White Sales that blocked arbitration of the suit, clearing the way for trial. On the eve of trial, Henry Schein petitioned the United States Supreme Court (USSC) to consider whether a carve-out in an arbitration agreement negates a provision allowing arbitrators to rule on their own jurisdiction. On June 15, 2020, the USSC agreed to hear the case.