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McKool Smith is pleased to announce the promotion of five attorneys to Principals in the firm’s New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Austin offices, effective January 1, 2018.

“Our new Principals are leaders who demonstrate outstanding service to our clients and the firm,” said David Sochia, McKool Smith’s Managing Principal. “I am very proud of what they have accomplished and look forward to their continued success.”

Lauren Fornarotto: Lauren Fornarotto is a Principal McKool Smith’s New York office. She focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation, including actions in District Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission. Lauren has handled patent litigation relating to chemical, pharmaceutical, biological, software, and mobile device patents; Hatch-Waxman ANDA litigation; pharmaceutical and medical device antitrust litigation; and breach of settlement and license agreement actions. She has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, including pre-suit investigation, discovery, motion practice, trial, post-trial briefing, and appeal.  Lauren is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has represented clients in inter partes review proceedings. Prior to joining the firm, Lauren was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. During law school, she was an Alexander Fellow, serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Colleen McMahon at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She also worked as a chemical process engineer at ABB Lummus Global Inc. (now known as Lummus Technology), where she designed chemical conversion processes for oil refineries and ethylene plants.

Elizabeth Lachman: Elizabeth Lachman is a Principal in McKool Smith’s Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. She has represented individual and corporate clients in various areas of the law, including commercial, entertainment, intellectual property, contract, and partnership disputes, as well as in consumer class actions and cases arising under the Federal False Claims Act. Elizabeth has been a trial team member on numerous cases that have resolved favorably for the firm’s clients. Most recently, she was a member of the firm trial team that secured a $9.4 million jury verdict on behalf of legendary music producer Quincy Jones against the late music icon Michael Jackson’s production company, MJJ Productions, Inc. While a Cardozo law student, Elizabeth worked at Cardozo’s Innocence Project and Cardozo’s Securities Arbitration Clinic.

Marc T. Ladd: Marc Ladd is a Principal in the McKool Smith’s New York office. His practice focuses on insurance coverage litigation and counseling for corporate policyholders. Marc regularly represents large corporate policyholders in federal and state court actions around the country seeking damages, declaratory judgments, and other reliefs against prominent American and European property and casualty insurers, resulting in millions of dollars in insurance recovery. He has extensive experience representing policyholders in various types of insurance coverage disputes, including first and third-party property/casualty; insurance broker malpractice; asbestos and other cancer-related bodily injury; traditional and non-traditional environmental property damage; product liability; D&O, E&O, and professional liability; insurance proceeds for trustees in bankruptcy; mortgage holder claims; business interruption; insurer bad faith and consumer protection; and contractor and subcontractor liability. Marc has extensive experience in all phases of litigation, including initial coverage analysis and client counseling, as well as motion practice, mediation, arbitration, trial, appellate practice, and eventual settlement.

Kat Li: Kat Li is a Principal in McKool Smith’s Austin office. Her trial practice focuses on patent and complex commercial litigation and has included actions in United States District Court, the International Trade Commission, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She has successfully managed and tried all phases of litigation, from pre-filing investigation to post-trial briefing to appeal. Kat has substantial experience arguing and representing clients in the courtroom, and in patent cases, handling a variety of technologies, such as mobile devices, computer software, electronic materials, and telecommunications. Prior to joining the firm, Kat served as a law clerk for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. and the Honorable Leonard E. Davis at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler, Texas. Kat is the president of the Association of Former Law Clerks for the Eastern District of Texas and a frequent speaker at the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association Bench Bar Conference. She is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. While attending law school, Kat was the editor-in-chief of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal and served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Lee Yeakel at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. At MIT, Kat was a Materials Processing and Manufacturing Institute Graduate Fellow and a Humanities, Art, and Social Sciences Burchard Scholar. Kat speaks Mandarin Chinese proficiently and has counseled clients on their global patent enforcement strategy, particularly in China and Taiwan.

Nicholas Mathews: Nick Mathews is a Principal in McKool Smith's Dallas office who focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. Nick has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement matters across a wide range of technology fields, including wireless communications, medical devices, speech coding, and video compression. He also has significant experience handling matters alleging competitive violations in patent licensing related to standard essential patents subject to FRAND or RAND obligations. Nick is an experienced trial lawyer who has presented and cross-examined witnesses at trial and has successfully briefed and argued numerous motions in federal district court and before the International Trade Commission. Nick is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has experience prosecuting patents and representing clients in inter partes review proceedings. Prior to joining the firm, Nick served as a law clerk for the Honorable J. Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

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 ten nine-figure jury verdicts and twelve 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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