Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America's leading litigation firms and attorneys, has recommended McKool Smith in its newest edition for having a leading national intellectual property (IP) litigation practice. The firm is also designated a top-tier, "Highly Recommended" firm in Texas.

Firm Co-founder and Chairman, Mike McKool is ranked nationally as an Intellectual Property ‘litigation star,’ and the firm's attorneys are ranked as ‘litigation stars’ in their respective states, including:


  • Lew LeClair (Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property)
  • Mike McKool (Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property)

Benchmark Plaintiff provides a thorough analysis of litigators conducting prosecutorial work.  The 2012 inaugural edition ranks McKool Smith “Tier 1” in Intellectual Property. Other attorney and firm rankings include:

National IP Litigation Stars:

Texas Firm Rankings:

  • McKool Smith is "Highly Recommended" in Texas

Texas Litigation Stars:

  • Mike McKool (Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property)

Benchmark Litigation is the only directory to focus exclusively on the U.S. litigation market. The publication's identification of the leading U.S. trial attorneys and firms is the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. The publication’s sister guide, Benchmark Plaintiff, serves as a supplement that focuses exclusively on plaintiff litigation. Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Plaintiff are published by Euromoney Institutional Investor, a leading international business-to-business media group.

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