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McKool Smith, one of America’s leading trial firms, has announced that bankruptcy litigator Nicholas Foley has joined the firm as a principal in its Dallas office. Mr. Foley has more than 25 years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in multi-million dollar disputes, in bankruptcy court and in follow-on litigation, and has tried a number of cases in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts as well as in arbitration proceedings. 

Prior to joining McKool Smith, Mr. Foley was a name partner at the Dallas, Texas-based law firm of Neligan Foley, LLP where he represented receivers in various matters arising from the Stanford insolvency, as well as the receiver for Idearc Litigation Trust, in a multi-billion dollar claim against a leading telecommunications company. He has also represented a Chapter 11 Trustee in a D&O claim arising from the Tecnet bankruptcy, and represented various bondholders in a major case against a bank relating to the Global Crossing bankruptcy, among other cases.  Mr. Foley has represented the receiver and liquidator in a major cross-border insolvency proceeding, and also represented debtors, trustees, and creditors in significant bankruptcy cases in various bankruptcy courts, including in Texas and New York.  He has also represented a number of clients in complex real estate insolvency matters.

In addition to bankruptcy matters, Mr. Foley has represented clients in complex commercial litigation in numerous state and federal courts, including matters involving oil and gas disputes, contract claims, and breach of duty claims.  He recently served as a member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for Individual Consumer Plaintiffs in the case In Re: Volkswagen Clean Diesel Litigation MDLmatter pending in Travis County Texas.

“Nick is a highly-skilled trial lawyer with significant experience in complex bankruptcy matters and related litigation,” said David Sochia, Managing Principal of McKool Smith.  “I am pleased to welcome him to the firm and have no doubt that he will be an excellent addition to our bankruptcy practice.”

“When you think of McKool Smith, what immediately comes to mind is ‘trial powerhouse,’” Mr. Foley explained when discussing what attracted him to the firm. “The firm’s reputation alone provides an advantage to clients who want to be assured that their lawyers are willing to go the distance for them. The firm also has a strong national profile and a significant coast-to-coast presence in New York and California, which made the move even more attractive for my practice.”

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 ten 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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