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DALLAS – McKool Smith, one of the nation’s largest trial firms, is expanding its Dallas headquarters with the addition of attorneys Aimee Fagan and Michael J. Donley.

Ms. Fagan joins the firm as a principal, focusing her practice on complex business litigation. A graduate of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Ms. Fagan has been featured in the “Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars” listing in Texas Monthly magazine since 2005. Additionally, D Magazine has profiled her among the top North Texas attorneys under 40, and the Dallas Business Journal has recognized her as one of the top professionals under 40 in Dallas.  Ms. Fagan currently serves as Chair of the Trial Skills Section of the Dallas Bar Association, Treasurer and Council Member of the Business Litigation Section of the Dallas Bar Association, and is a supporting member of the Dallas Bar Foundation.

Ms. Fagan’s extensive experience includes representing and defending clients in federal and state court, governmental investigations, and arbitration.  She has a broad array of complex business litigation expertise in matters including contract disputes, securities class actions, intellectual property disputes, broker dealer claims, governmental investigations, trademark disputes, partnership dissolutions, and business torts, among others.

Mr. Donley joins McKool Smith as an associate after serving as the first appointed inspector general for the Texas Education Agency. As Inspector General, Mr. Donley directed complex investigations involving fraud, the integrity of the state’s educational assessment systems, and irregularities in contracting and procurement. His experience includes representing clients in a wide variety of complex business litigation matters, including contractual disputes, multidistrict litigation, intellectual property, public policy matters, environmental litigation, state and federal regulatory matters, and white collar defense.

Mr. Donley is a graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was Senior Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

“Aimee and Michael are the kind of attorneys that we seek out at McKool Smith -  immensely talented lawyers with diverse backgrounds,” says firm co-founder Mike McKool. “They will be tremendous advocates for our clients, and we’re excited to have them join our team.”

McKool Smith has more than 95 attorneys in Dallas, Austin, Marshall, New York and Washington, D.C., handling commercial and intellectual property litigation for national and international clients. The firm is recognized as one of the premier litigation law firms in the United States, having earned significant courtroom victories for clients such as American Airlines, BearingPoint, Ericsson, Electronic Data Systems, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic Inc., and Sony Ericsson.

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