Mike McKool, Chairman and Founder of McKool Smith, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

The induction ceremony took place recently before an audience of more than 600 people during the recent 2012 Spring Meeting of the College in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Founded in 1950, the American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College status is extended by invitation only, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship in the College, which is limited to the top one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.

Mike McKool has earned a national reputation for rigorous case preparation and superlative trial skills. During his legal career of more than 30 years, he has secured billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients. Since founding McKool Smith in 1991, his leadership and trial skills have helped the firm grow from an eleven-attorney litigation boutique in Dallas, to a national litigation powerhouse with 175 trial lawyers. He is consistently recognized as one of the top litigators in the country by leading legal publications, including The Legal 500, Lawdragon, and Chambers USA, where he is ranked as a leading national trial lawyer. He is also ranked as a “Band One” intellectual property patent litigator in the United States by Chambers Global.

With 175 litigators across offices in California, New York, Texas, and Washington, DC, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. The firm has won more National Law Journal and VerdictSearch “Top 100 Verdicts” over the last five years than any other law firm. McKool Smith represents clients across a broad range of practice areas, including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense.

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