McKool Smith PC

Headquarters: Dallas, Texas

21 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

14 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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With more than 150 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, and New York, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. Since 2006, the firm has secured 11 nine-figure jury verdicts and 13 eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has won more National Law Journal and VerdictSearch “Top 100 Verdicts” over the last 10 years than any other law firm in the country. Courtroom successes like these 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 leading clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, insurance recovery, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.


Complex Commercial Litigation:

McKool Smith’s commercial litigators handle antitrust, appellate, arbitration, bankruptcy, consumer protection, contract, corporate governance, energy, fiduciary duty, real estate, securities, shareholder, and whistleblower litigation. The firm has represented clients in every conceivable venue, including state and federal trial and appellate courts and domestic and international arbitral forums.

IP Litigation:

Our courtroom track record in intellectual property cases is unrivaled. The firm represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including patent litigation, ITC/Section 337 disputes and investigations, copyright, trademark and false advertising litigation, and trade secret disputes. Many of the firm’s attorneys hold technical degrees and have previously worked as engineers or scientists, and our ranks include six former Federal Circuit clerks. McKool Smith was named “IP Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation for the second consecutive year, “Intellectual Property Group of the Year” by Law360 and “Plaintiff IP Firm of the Year” by Managing IP[DB1].

Insurance Recovery Litigation:

McKool Smith’s award-winning insurance recovery practice comprises more than 30 trial lawyers across offices in New York, Texas and California. For more than 30 years, the team has represented corporate policyholders in high-stakes coverage and liability disputes against their insurance providers. Collectively, the firm’s lawyers have obtained more than $10 billion in insurance-related recoveries for clients across a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, chemicals, media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals, financial services, education, and healthcare, among others.

Bankruptcy Litigation:

Our bankruptcy litigators prosecute and defend complex lawsuits arising under bankruptcy and related state and federal laws on behalf of trustees, debtors, creditors’ committees and other parties. The firm also represents clients in complex reorganization proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. McKool Smith’s attorneys have litigated complex multi-party disputes in courtrooms and forums throughout the U.S. and were among the first called before Congress to provide insights on proposed changes to the Federal Bankruptcy Code.

White Collar Defense:

McKool Smith’s white collar practice is led by former federal prosecutors with decades of experience in virtually every type of government enforcement action. We have represented both companies and individuals in a variety of criminal matters, including allegations involving securities fraud, insider trading, bank fraud, tax violations, price fixing and other antitrust violations, racketeering, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), environmental violations, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), government procurement violations, insurance fraud, and political corruption. The firm’s attorneys also regularly serve as court-appointed monitors and guide major corporations, boards and committees through sensitive internal investigations.

International Work:

McKool Smith represents international clients in US courts and international arbitration proceedings. The firm has represented many multinational corporations in countries across the globe, including Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the UK.


McKool Smith clients include American Airlines, Ericsson, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), Halliburton, Lennox International, Nationstar, Nokia, ParkerVision, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, TIAA-CREF, TiVo, and Verizon, among many others. [DB1]Verify the latest stats for 2019.

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  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax

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