DALLAS – The Best Lawyers in America, the longest running peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Sam Baxter of McKool Smith the 2011 Dallas Intellectual Property “Lawyer of the Year.”

The publication compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting in-depth, comprehensive surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Only one lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as “Lawyer of the Year,” based on high ratings they received for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. 

Mr. Baxter consistently is recognized among the top lawyers in his field by many of the country’s leading legal publications, including The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and The Legal 500. Most recently, he was named one of the “10 Most Admired Intellectual Property Attorneys” by Law360.

With more than 130 litigators working as an integrated team across offices in New York, Washington, D.C. and Texas, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. The firm has been recognized by The National Law Journal and VerdictSearch for winning more Top 100 verdicts than any other U.S. law firm during the past three years.  McKool Smith represents leading clients across a broad range of practice areas, including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense.

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