Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America's leading litigation firms and attorneys, has again ranked McKool Smith as a leading national intellectual property firm in its 2014 edition. The firm is also ranked as a highly recommended litigation firm in Texas. 

Firm Co-founder and Chairman, Mike McKool is ranked nationally as an Intellectual Property "litigation star" for the third consecutive year and principal Sam Baxter is again 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 2014 edition again ranks McKool Smith as a “highly recommended ” litigation firm. Other attorney rankings include:

Texas Local 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.

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.

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