McKool Smith, one of America’s leading trial firms, has announced that seasoned insurance recovery litigator Michael John Miguel has joined the firm as a principal in its Los Angeles, California office.

McKool Smith’s insurance recovery practice was launched in February 2016.  The group has handled and tried some of the country’s largest coverage cases, and has obtained more than $8 billion in insurance-related recoveries for clients.  

“I am really looking forward to joining the team,” said Michael Miguel. “Our practices are very complimentary, so making the move to McKool Smith was a relatively easy decision to make.  The firm is a highly-regarded litigation powerhouse, has a reputation for offering clients innovative fee arrangements, and we represent clients in the same industries. These three factors are very important to my practice.”   

Michael John Miguel has a diverse background in commercial litigation, with a particular concentration on insurance coverage matters.  His experience and knowledge has helped to obtain more than $1 billion dollars for his clients.  Mr. Miguel has successfully litigated cases before the state and federal trial and appellate courts in 21 states and the U.S. Supreme Court, and has tried cases to verdict or judgment in five states. He also handles disputes involving environmental, antitrust, intellectual property, and toxic tort defense litigation matters, and has conducted several domestic and international arbitration proceedings.

With more than 180 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, and 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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