McKool Smith principals from the Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Silicon Valley offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of “Best Lawyers in America.”

In addition, Mike McKool, firm co-Founder and Chairman, has been named the Best Lawyers 2015 Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” (Dallas) and Rod Dorman has been named the 2015 Patent Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” (Los Angeles).

Our 2015 Best Lawyers include:



  • Sam Baxter (Litigation: Bet-the-Company, Commercial, IP, Patent, M&A, and Securities)
  • Douglas A. Cawley (Litigation: IP and Patent)
  • Gary Cruciani (Litigation: Commercial, Banking and Finance, Tax, M&A, and Securities)
  • Lew LeClair (Litigation: Bet-the-Company, Commercial, Bankruptcy, IP, Patent and Securities)
  • Robert Manley (Litigation: IP and Securities)
  • Mike McKool (Litigation: Bet-the-Company, Commercial, Banking & Finance, IP, M&A, Patent, and Securities)


  • Hugh Ray (Litigation: Bankruptcy; and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law)

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New York:

Attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers based on a national survey involving more than four million evaluations of lawyers by their peers. For more information on Best Lawyers visit

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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