The National Law Journal has recognized McKool Smith Principals Robin Cohen and Douglas A. Cawley as 2018 “Plaintiff Trailblazers” in the publication’s second annual listing of the leading plaintiff lawyers in the nation. The feature honors 25 outstanding lawyers who have “achieved remarkable success" representing plaintiffs in high-stakes disputes.
Robin Cohen is a seasoned trial lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience trying and litigating many of the insurance industry’s most significant and cutting-edge coverage cases. In total, she has helped her clients obtain more than $5 billion in insurance assets.
As the head of McKool Smith’s insurance recovery practice, Robin Cohen leads an elite group of 35 trial lawyers across offices in New York, California, and Texas. Over the past year, she has served as lead counsel in several courtroom victories that have amounted to billions of dollars in coverage for her clients, including representing New Jersey Transit Corporation in securing a New Jersey state court victory allowing the transportation entity to access up to $400 million in insurance coverage for property repairs related to Superstorm Sandy. She also represented Givaudan Fragrances Corporation in a New Jersey Supreme Court victory that affirmed Givaudan's right to seek more than $500 million in insurance coverage for claims related to environmental damage. Ms. Cohen was recognized as the “Litigator of the Week" by AmLaw Litigation Daily following her success as lead counsel for Verizon in securing a Delaware Superior Court decision finding that Verizon’s insurers must provide coverage for tens of millions of dollars in legal fees and costs that the company incurred while successfully defending a $14 billion lawsuit filed in connection with the spin-off of certain of its directories businesses.
Douglas A. Cawley:
Douglas Cawley is a principal in McKool Smith’s Dallas office. For more than 40 years, he has been engaged in the trial of complex cases and has handled major intellectual property matters throughout the United States and across the globe. His courtroom achievements in high-stakes patent disputes include six “Top 100 Verdicts” that amount to more than $1 billion in verdicts for clients.
Last year, Mr. Cawley secured a significant victory on behalf of TiVo's Rovi Corp. in a patent infringement dispute against Comcast before the International Trade Commission (ITC) which garnered widespread national media coverage from outlets such as Bloomberg, Reuters, CNBC, and The American Lawyer. On November 21, 2017, ITC Administrative Law Judge David P. Shaw issued a final ruling finding that Comcast violated Section 337, which involves imports. The ITC also issued an exclusion order and a cease and desist order prohibiting Comcast (and others at its direction) from importing into the U.S., or otherwise distributing after importation into the U.S., any set-top box that infringes any of the asserted claims of Rovi’s two patents-in-dispute. According to a Variety report, immediately following the win, TiVo’s “shares traded as high as $19.30 per share,” up 17.7% over the previous closing price.