Managing IP has named McKool Smith the 2015 U.S. “Patent Contentious Firm of the Year (South)” and principal Sam Baxter Texas “IP Litigator of the Year” at its eighth annual North America Awards.  The awards ceremony and dinner were held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2015.

To select the honored firms and attorneys, Managing IP’s team of researchers conducted hundreds of interviews with IP practitioners and IP owners in North America. Based on the research, shortlists of firms and leading individuals that had an outstanding year in various categories were chosen and the winners were announced during the awards ceremony.

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 nine nine-figure jury verdicts, as well as nine eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more VerdictSearch  and The National Law Journal "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last six 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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