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March 2, 2009 NEW YORK - Responding to explosive growth in financial fraud and white collar matters, corporate investigations, and government regulatory and enforcement actions, national litigation firm McKool Smith today announced a major expansion of its white-collar capabilities.

“This expansion gives our clients access to the very top tier of white-collar and commercial representation at a time when these matters are not merely proliferating, but growing more complex and absolutely crucial to our clients’ future,” said Mike McKool, the firm’s co-founder.  He added that a special benefit to the new partner is the relative absence of client conflicts which often inhibit flexibility in representing important clients at larger traditional firms.

Said New York office head Robert A. Cote, “We’re growing fast in IP and commercial litigation, as are all our offices, but we expect robust growth in our business and our roster of attorneys over the next year, and the white collar practice is part of the bedrock of our expansion strategy here.”

According to co-founder McKool, the firm’s expansion is being fueled by its distinctive approach to client service.  “We have enormous confidence that our plans to grow the New York office will be a valuable asset for our clients,” he said.  “Clients tell us they find that our approach to litigation -- stressing trial-ready, cost-effective outcomes, and client and case based pricing -- is well-suited for the times, and positions us to make a real mark on the litigation scene in New York in their favor.”

McKool Smith has more than 100 attorneys in Dallas, Austin, Marshall, New York and Washington, D.C., specializing in high-stakes litigation for national and international clients.  The firm is recognized as one of the premier litigation law firms by such leading third party authorities as Chambers USA, and has earned high-profile courtroom victories for such Fortune 500 clients as American Airlines, Ericsson, Electronic Data Systems, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, Inc. and Sony Ericsson.

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