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Travis DeArman

Associate, Dallas

"As a lateral from a Big Law firm, I came to McKool Smith for one reason: I wanted to go to trial. 

Within six weeks of joining the firm, I got my wish. The firm sent me to East Texas to represent a major client in a multimillion dollar patent infringement trial. Despite being a junior member of the team, I assisted with direct and cross examination, oversaw trial briefing, and stood up in court to argue evidentiary disputes. Briefly put, I learned more in those first three months at McKool Smith than I had in the two years before I joined the firm. 

In the years since, McKool Smith has continued to offer me opportunities that partners at other firms would fight for.  I have handled disputes at every stage—taking and defending depositions, briefing and arguing summary judgment motions, managing client contacts, and participating in trials in Tennessee and New York. Further, I have had the privilege of working with many of the greatest lawyers I have ever known—men and women I also count among my friends. I cannot imagine a better place to practice law."         

(Law clerk for the Honorable J. Rodney Gilstrap, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas)

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