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Best Lawyers has recognized four of the firm's principals as 2019 "Lawyers of the Year" in their respective regions/practices areas. Based on peer reviews, only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

McKool Smith's 2019 honorees include:

J. Michael Hennigan - 2019 Los Angeles “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate Litigation

Mike is a founding principal of McKool Smith Hennigan and specializes in the litigation and trial of complex commercial cases. He has served as lead counsel in more than 45 major jury trials in state and federal court, and has litigated judgments and settlements amounting to more than $8 billion for his clients. Mike was previously recognized as the Best Lawyers real estate litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in 2016 and 2012.

Douglas A. Cawley - 2019 Dallas “Lawyer of the Year” for IP Litigation

Douglas is a principal in the McKool Smith’s Dallas office. For more than forty 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. Douglas’ achievements include securing six “Top 100 Verdicts” that amount to more than $1 billion in patent infringement verdicts for clients.

Lewis LeClair - 2019 Dallas “Lawyer of the Year” for Securities Litigation

Lew has more than forty years of experience handling complex commercial and intellectual property litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has a particular specialization in complex financial litigation, antitrust, and accounting issues. Lew’s recent achievements include serving as lead counsel in securing a $244 million antitrust class action settlement against News Corp. and its affiliates on behalf of several major consumer product plaintiffs, including Dial Corporation, Henkel Consumer Goods, Smithfield Foods, and Kraft Heinz Co., among others.

Steve Pollinger2019 Austin “Lawyer of the Year” for Patent Litigation

Austin Principal Steve Pollinger is a trial lawyer and registered patent attorney who has more than 25 years’ experience in intellectual property disputes. He has won courtroom victories in cases involving diverse software, electronics, and medical device technologies. Steve holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering, which allows him to understand the disputed technologies and to reduce the disputes to explanations and themes that are readily understood and compelling in the courtroom.

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