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McKool Smith, one of the nation’s leading trial firms, has announced that trial lawyer J. Wiley George has joined the firm as a Principal in its Houston office. Mr. George focuses on bankruptcy and restructuring matters along with complex commercial litigation, including business torts.

“We are pleased to welcome Wiley to the firm,” said David Sochia, Managing Principal of McKool Smith. “He has considerable trial skills along with significant experience in bankruptcy-related disputes and financial litigation, all areas that dovetail nicely with our Houston office and our clients’ needs.”

“McKool Smith is well-known for being a ‘go-to’ trial firm,” said Mr. George. “Having practiced in Houston for many years, I’ve always had tremendous respect for the firm and its attorneys. My clients will benefit from the firm’s trial prowess, creative fee arrangements, and practice offerings.”

Over the years, Mr. George has resolved a variety of complex commercial disputes through trial, arbitration, motion practice and settlement. He has significant first-chair trial experience and has represented clients in a diverse array of matters, including disputes involving fraudulent transfers, valuations of assets, commercial fraud, unfair competition, and violations of the Voting Rights Act, among others. Most recently, Mr. George obtained the complete dismissal of a $200 million stockholder’s suit in Delaware Chancery Court.

He received his B.B.A. with honors from Baylor University and his J.D., cum laude from Baylor University School of Law. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, a directory of the nation’s leading lawyers.

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 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, insurance recovery, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.

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