Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America's leading litigation firms and attorneys, has ranked McKool Smith as a leading national intellectual property firm in its 2013 edition. The firm is also ranked as a top-tier litigation firm in Texas. 

Firm Co-founder and Chairman, Mike McKool is ranked nationally as an Intellectual Property "litigation star" and principal Sam Baxter is ranked nationally as an Intellectual Property "litigation star."

The firm's attorneys are ranked as regional "litigation stars" in their respective states, and two are ranked as a "future star," 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 2013 edition ranks McKool Smith “Tier 1” in Intellectual Property. Other attorneys and firm rankings include:

National IP Litigation Stars:

Texas Firm Rankings:

  • McKool Smith is "Highly Recommended" in Texas

Texas Local Litigation Stars:

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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