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Texas Lawyer has recognized McKool Smith Dallas principals Lewis LeClair and Ted Stevenson as 2020 “Texas Trailblazers.” Texas Trailblazers is a special supplement developed by Texas Lawyer to recognize professionals who have made significant marks on the state’s legal profession.

Lewis LeClair:

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.

Ted Stevenson:

Ted Stevenson is recognized as a leading IP trial lawyers in Texas based on his success in securing high-stakes courtroom victories involving innovative technologies used in many of the world’s most popular devices, particularly in the telecommunications sector.  Ted’s recent victories include serving as lead counsel in securing a defense verdict for Ericsson in a suit brought by HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc. alleging that Ericsson violated its contractual obligation to license its essential cellular patents on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. Following a five-day trial, the jury returned a verdict finding Ericsson’s requested royalty rates were not in excess of FRAND. Ted also helped secure a significant appellate victory for Ericsson in a long-running patent-licensing dispute against TCL. After the district court denied Ericsson’s request for a jury trial in 2017, Ericsson appealed to the Federal Circuit and argued that the district court had violated Ericsson’s Seventh Amendment rights. In a precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit unanimously agreed with Ericsson and remanded the case for a jury trial.

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