McKool Smith principals from the Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York and Silicon Valley offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of “Best Lawyers in America.”  Attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers based on a national survey involving more than four million evaluations of lawyers by their peers.

Our 2017 Best Lawyers include:



  • 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)
  • William LaFuze (Litigation: Patent)

Los Angeles:


  • Sam Baxter (Litigation: Bet-the-Company, Commercial, IP, Patent, M&A, and Securities)

New York:

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