McKool Smith received top national and regional ranking for the fifth consecutive year in the 2016 edition of IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.

McKool Smith is described as “Home to great lawyers and one of the most feared firms in the country. Hardnosed, smart and aggressive, it has tremendous advocates who take a collegial approach.” Market commentators note that the firm is “full of people who give it their best shot intellectually and it’s a challenge to be up against them.” McKool Smith associates are highlighted as litigators who “really know their craft,” and peers praise the firm on its ability to “run cases efficiently” as a team of trial lawyers who are “truly excellent.”

This year, five McKool Smith principals are ranked in the directory; four of which are recognized as gold tier honorees. The profile highlights those individuals, identifying some of the top-tier qualities that led to their rankings in The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners:  “Samuel Baxter knows the idiosyncrasies of the Eastern District of Texas like the back of his hand; he is a ‘hugely talented attorney.’ ‘One of the finest trial lawyers in the country,’ Douglas Cawley ‘is very smooth and has a nice way with juries.’ ‘Flexible and open to considering a range of issues’, he is a “methodical and intelligent analyst.' The ‘terrific’ Mike McKool is an ‘obvious choice’ for full-bore litigation. 

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

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 patent law 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.


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