McKool Smith received top national and regional ranking for the third consecutive year in the 2014 edition of IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.

McKool Smith is described as a trial firm that boasts an “enviable win rate,” earning the firm a national reputation as “one of the top names for patent litigation.” The profile highlights a “glittering roster” of attorneys and the firm’s unique contingency fee model as notable points of success. Market commentators note that the firm is “Head and shoulders above most, if you see it on the other side, you know you have to bring your A-game.” This year, six McKool Smith principals are ranked in the directory; three of which are recognized as gold tier honorees.

McKool Smith is recognized in the following regions/practice areas:

  • Highly recommended nationally for Plaintiff Litigation
  • Ranked Gold Tier in Texas for Patent Litigation

McKool Smith attorneys named as top patent practitioners include:

  • Mike McKool - Received a Gold ranking in Texas Litigation
  • Sam Baxter - Received a Gold ranking in Texas Litigation
  • Doug Cawley - Received a Gold ranking in Texas Litigation
  • Kent Stevens - Recommended nationally in ITC Litigation; Received a Silver ranking in Washington, DC Litigation

Compiled by a team of researchers from Intellectual Asset Management magazine, the IAM Patent 1000 is a guide to top patent practitioners as well as leading patentlaw firms in 33 of the world's most important jurisdictions and 16 U.S. states. Based on interviews with in-house professionals and attorneys in private practice, the IAM Patent 1000 looks at the full range of patent services, from creation through management to dispute resolution.

With more than 185 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 eight 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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