Frank Vecella is a principal in McKool Smith’s Dallas office. Prior to joining the firm, Frank was with Ericsson Inc. for 16 years and served as associate general counsel of litigation. In that role, he managed and supervised all of Ericsson’s significant litigation in the United States and Canada and often provided guidance with respect to Ericsson’s major disputes in other parts of the world.

Prior to joining Ericsson, Frank was a senior partner in the Texas-based law firm of Jackson Walker L.L.P., where he worked for 18 years. His practice focused on general commercial litigation, with primary emphasis on intellectual property litigation, deceptive trade practices, unfair competition, insurance coverage disputes, defamation, and other First Amendment-related litigation. While at Jackson Walker, he served as the head of the firm’s intellectual property practice group, as well as the Dallas office’s litigation practice group.

Frank was a founding member of, and a senior master in, the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn American IP Inn of Court. He also served for many years on the executive committee of the Institute of Law and Technology at the Center for American and International Law and on the advisory panel for the Tsai Center for Law, Science, and Innovation at SMU Dedman School of Law. In addition to national, state, and local bar associations and activities, Frank has served in the past as a barrister in the Dallas Inn of Court and as a research fellow of the Southwestern Legal Foundation. He also has donated his time and services in a pro bono capacity through the South Dallas Legal Clinic and Legal Services of North Texas.

Frank has been selected several times as a finalist for the Dallas Business Journal’s annual "Best Corporate Counsel" Awards. He has received similar recognition on several occasions from the Association of Corporate Counsel and D CEO Magazine. In 2013, he was honored by the Texas General Counsel Forum as the winner of its annual Magna Stella Award for the best in-house litigation lawyer in Texas. In 2014, Frank and his in-house litigation team at Ericsson were recognized at the Global Counsel Awards, sponsored by the International Law Office and the Association of Corporate Counsel, as one of the top six corporate litigation departments in the world. And in 2016, the publication Managing Intellectual Property recognized Frank as one of its “Corporate IP Stars,” an annual list of counsel “who have been exceptional in managing their company’s IP assets and/or taking steps to improve the IP ecosystem in their jurisdiction.”


Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized in the guide to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America (2022, 2024)

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J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1983

B.A. cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1980

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas Eastern District Court
  • Texas Northern District Court
  • Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
  • Texas Western District Court
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