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The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) has recognized McKool Smith Austin principal Kat Li as a 2021 Fellow, and New York associate Melissa Cabrera and Dallas associate John Yang as 2021 Pathfinders.

LCLD includes more than 350 law firm managing partners and corporate general counsels aiming to establish a truly diverse legal profession in the United States. Its Fellows and Pathfinder programs provide promising diverse attorneys the leadership training and networking opportunities to gain skills applicable both in-house and in private practice.

Kat Li, based in the Austin office, specializes in patent and complex commercial litigation. She is experienced in actions before federal district courts, the ITC, the PTAB, and the Federal Circuit, as well as in a variety of technologies, such as mobile devices, semiconductors, computer software, electronic materials, and telecommunications. She’s also recognized by Best Lawyers in America as “One to Watch” for Intellectual Property and Patent, and by the State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section as one of the “Best Under 40” in 2020.

Melissa Cabrera, based in New York, focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. Her practice has included actions in Federal District Court as well as the International Trade Commission.

John Yang, based in Dallas, focuses his practice in intellectual property litigation. John has technical experience in analytical chemistry, molecular biology, and pharmacokinetics

With 135 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, and New York, and Washington, D.C., McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. Since 2006, the firm has secured 12 nine-figure jury verdicts and 14 eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal “Top 100 Verdicts” than any other law firm in the country. Courtroom successes like these have earned McKool Smith critical acclaim and helped the firm become what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” McKool Smith represents clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, insurance recovery, and white collar defense matters.

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