McKool Smith principals Benjamin Levi and Robert Manley have received 2015 Client Choice Awards from the International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology.

Benjamin Levi was awarded in the Washington, DC patent litigation category. Based out of the firm’s Washington, DC office, Mr. Levi is an esteemed trial lawyer and registered patent attorney with more than 20 years of experience handling patent disputes in Federal District Courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Levi worked as a senior investigative attorney with the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations.

Robert Manley was awarded in the Texas litigation category. Mr. Manley is based out of the firm’s Dallas office and focuses on both complex commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes. He regularly litigates against large financial institutions and serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s mortgage-backed securities task force.

Established in 2005, the ILO Client Choice Awards recognize law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for their excellence in client service and are based solely on nominations from senior corporate counsel. Clients are asked to rate individual lawyers and law firms on the following client service criteria: quality of legal advice, value for money, commercial awareness, effective communication, billing transparency, tailored fee structures, response time, sharing of expertise and use of technology.

The list of winners is available in the Client Choice Guide – USA and Canada 2015 and

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 moreNational 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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