McKool Smith’s successes have earned The Legal 500’s recognition as a top tier U.S. firm for patent litigation.
According to the directory, McKool Smith “has a strong trial practice that has become well known for achieving high plaintiff-damages awards against major technology companies.”
Several of the firm’s attorneys were also recognized. Co-founder and Chairman Mike McKool was acknowledged for his trial work, and for leading the firm’s expansion on the West Coast with the opening of offices in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Douglas Cawley is described as an attorney who is "…fantastic in preparing complex cases for a jury trial. He has a unique ability to perceive how the jury will view a case." Ted Stevenson received accolades for being "…a clever attorney who is able to identify the key issues in even the most complex cases early on and prepare the right strategy for winning on those issues."
Sam Baxter also received recognition from The Legal 500.
Published for over twenty years, The Legal 500 series provides comprehensive worldwide coverage on legal services providers in over 100 countries. The publication is used by commercial and private clients, corporate counsel, CEOs, FDs and professional advisers - as well as by other referrers of work both nationally and internationally.
With more than 175 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. Over the past seven years, the firm has secured seven nine-figure jury verdicts, as well as seven eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more National Law Journal and VerdictSearch "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last five years 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 leading clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.