DALLAS – McKool Smith co-founder Mike McKool Jr. and firm principals Samuel F. Baxter and Lewis T. LeClair have earned spots among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America.

To compile the list, Lawdragon editors polled the nation’s best lawyers and their clients about whom they’d trust with their own legal matters.  Fewer than one-tenth of one percent of all lawyers in the U.S. earned a spot on the prestigious list.

“Although we handle both plaintiff and defense matters, it’s nice to see our plaintiffs’ work recognized in this national listing,” says Mr. McKool, “especially since the selections were made by other attorneys who are familiar with how we represent our clients.”

To compile the Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America list, Lawdragon’s editorial staff conducted extensive research and interviewed thousands of legal professionals to get their nominations for the country’s top attorneys. The complete list can be found at www.lawdragon.com.

Mr. McKool, Mr. Baxter and Mr. LeClair all handle intellectual property litigation and other complex commercial claims on behalf of both plaintiff and defense clients.

Lawdragon is a quarterly publication and Web site dedicated to the legal profession. It publishes guides to the country’s top lawyers, and provides an online rating guide for attorneys. The 500 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers will be featured in the Winter 2007 issue, available in February.

McKool Smith has more than 85 attorneys in Dallas, Austin and Marshall, Texas, handling commercial and intellectual property litigation for national and international clients. The firm is recognized as one of the premier litigation law firms in the United States, having earned significant courtroom victories for clients such as Electronic Data Systems, BearingPoint, Ericsson, Medtronic, Inc., and National Instruments.

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