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McKool Smith is pleased to announce the promotion of three attorneys to Principals in the firm's Los Angeles and New York offices, effective January 1, 2021.

“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.”

Brett Bissett is a principal in the Los Angeles office.  His practice focus is within the Insurance Recovery Practice Group with experience in insurance coverage litigation and counseling on insurance-related issues related to various types of coverage, including commercial general liability, directors' and officers' liability, professional liability, cyber liability, and property claims.

Kevin Schubert is a principal in the New York office. His practice is focused on patent matters, and he has represented firm clients in every phase of patent litigation in courts around the country.  He is an active speaker and author and co-authored articles for Law360 that were among the most read Intellectual Property articles in the last two years.

Christine Woodin is a principal in the Los Angeles office. Christine’s practice focuses primarily on intellectual property and antitrust litigation. Christine has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in patent litigation covering a wide variety of technologies, including wireless communications, computer software, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. She also has significant experience handling matters related to the licensing of standard essential patents subject to F/RAND obligations.

With 130 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, and New York, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. Since 2006, the firm has secured 12 nine-figure jury verdicts and 14 eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal “Top 100 Verdicts” over the last 10 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, insurance recovery, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.

For more information, please contact Keith Hill at (903) 923.9005 or email

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