(DALLAS – May 18, 2023)McKool Smith and Mike McKool announced today that Mr. McKool has resigned from the firm. Mr. McKool co-founded McKool Smith in 1991 and helped build it into one of the country’s leading trial firms over the past three decades.

Mr. McKool is withdrawing from McKool Smith to pursue a litigation opportunity for a client that the firm is unable to represent and will be forming a new law firm. He is also a founding director of the private equity company Outlander Capital.

“Personally, and on behalf of my colleagues, we wish Mike well in his new endeavors,” said David Sochia who has served as McKool Smith’s Managing Principal since July of 2016 and was appointed Chairman of the firm in January of 2022. “We are grateful for his contributions in helping to build McKool Smith into the firm it is today.”

“Departing McKool Smith after leading the firm for more than 30 years is difficult,” Mr. McKool said. “I am proud of what we have built and the many successes we provided our clients. I have many friends at the firm, and I will continue to root for their success.”

About McKool Smith

With 130 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Marshall, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C., McKool Smith is one of America’s leading trial firms. The firm has secured 14 nine- figure jury verdicts and 15 eight-figure jury verdicts, obtaining more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal “Top 100 Verdicts” than any other law firm. These courtroom successes 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, insurance recovery, and white collar defense matters.

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