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McKool Smith is pleased to announce the promotion of eight attorneys to principals in the firm’s Austin, Dallas, Houston, Marshall, and New York offices, effective January 1, 2016.

“Our new class of principals is one of the largest groups that our firm has had in recent years,” said Mike McKool, a Founder and Chairman of McKool Smith. “This is a testament to both the level of talent at the firm and the number of young leaders that are rising and excelling within our ranks. I am very proud of each of our new principals and look forward to their continued success.”

In Austin, Seth Hasenour represents clients in intellectual property litigation. Prior to attending law school, he worked as an Engineering Scientist at the Applied Research Laboratories at The University of Texas. Lindsay Martin Leavitt focuses on commercial and intellectual property litigation. She recently represented Ericsson in patent infringement and breach of contract litigation with Apple in the ITC and district court relating to LTE, WCDMA, and GSM/GPRS/EDGE technologies.

In Dallas, Phillip Aurentz works on commercial cases with a focus on patent litigation.  He recently helped secure a take nothing judgment for the Alamo Group Inc. and Bush Hog, Inc. in a patent suit brought by John Deere.  Mr. Aurentz was also part of the McKool Smith trial team that secured a $15 million patent infringement verdict for Summit 6, LLC against Samsung, which was recently affirmed by the Federal Circuit. Ashley Moore was also a member of the Summit 6 trial team. She handles intellectual property litigation, recently as a member of two trial teams representing Ericsson, and has significant experience appearing before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  

In Houston, Joshua Newcomer focuses on commercial disputes with an emphasis on energy litigation and arbitration. Recently, he was a member of the McKool Smith trial team that secured a complete defense win for Alcoa Power Generating, Inc. in a dispute against the state of North Carolina concerning ownership rights to a 45-mile stretch of riverbed and four hydroelectric dams on the Yadkin River under the constitutional equal footing doctrine.

In Marshall, Jennifer Truelove focuses on commercial and intellectual property litigation. She recently served as co-counsel in securing a complete defense win for Reflectix, Inc. and parent company Sealed Air Corporation in a patent infringement suit brought by Promethean Insulation Technology LLC concerning alleged infringement of four patents directed to thermal insulation technology.

In New York, David Dehoney focuses on intellectual property and commercial litigation, as well as regulatory enforcement matters and internal investigations.  He has participated in trials and hearings in numerous patent and commercial cases. James Hartmann Smith focuses on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on antitrust disputes. He has represented industry leaders such as Freddie Mac, Smithfield Foods, and Toll Brothers. 

With more than 185 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C., McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. Since 2006, the firm has secured nine nine-figure jury verdicts, as well as ten eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last eight 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 clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.

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