The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) has recognized McKool Smith New York associate Melissa Cabrera as a 2021 Pathfinder.

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.

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.

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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