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McKool Smith is pleased to announce the promotion of two attorneys to principals in the firm’s Los Angeles and New York offices, effective January 1, 2015.

“Our new principals are leaders who demonstrate outstanding service to our clients and the firm,” said Mike McKool, a Founder and Chairman of McKool Smith. “I am very proud of what they have accomplished and look forward to their continued success.”

Courtney Statfeld practices out of the firm’s New York office and focuses on complex commercial litigation matters, particularly disputes involving financial products. As a founding member of the firm’s mortgage-backed securities task force, Ms. Statfeld regularly represents hedge funds and institutional investors in pursuing recoveries on MBS portfolios. Prior to joining McKool Smith, Ms. Statfeld represented an insurance company in a $5 billion lawsuit against various Countrywide entities and Bank of America involving allegations of breach of contract and fraud in connection with the purchase of mortgage-backed securities. She has also represented companies with respect to allegations of breach of contract related to M&A agreements, as well as success fees earned as a result of a hostile takeover. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Emory University School of Law.

Caroline Walters is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office and handles complex commercial litigation involving the defense and prosecution of contract disputes and business torts. Among others, Ms. Walters has represented clients in finance, consulting, real estate development, and the energy sector. Ms. Walters has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” each year since 2010. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

With more than 185 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. Over the past seven years, the firm has secured nine nine-figure jury verdicts, as well as eight eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more National Law Journal and VerdictSearch "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last five years than any other law firm in the country. Courtroom successes like these have earned McKool Smith critical acclaim and helped the firm become what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” McKool Smith represents leading clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.

For additional information, please contact Michael R. Coston at 212-402-9450 or mcoston@mckoolsmith.com.

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