Benchmark Litigation recognized McKool Smith principal Douglas A. Cawley as the “Litigator of the Year (South)” and the firm as the “IP Firm of the Year (South)” during the Benchmark Litigation US Awards ceremony held on January 31, 2013 at the Essex House Hotel in New York City.

McKool Smith also received nominations in the following categories:

  • Bankruptcy "Firm of the Year (South)"
  • “National Case of the Year” -- TiVo v. Verizon Communications (for TiVo:  Irell & Manella, McKool Smith, and Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi)
  • “Texas Firm of the Year”

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. Benchmark Litigation is published by Euromoney Institutional Investor, a leading international business-to-business media group.

With more than 180 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. The firm has won more National Law Journal and VerdictSearch"Top 100 Verdicts" over the last five years than any other law firm. 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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