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McKool Smith PC

300 Crescent Court, Suite 1500
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: 214-978-4000

With more than 180 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America's leading trial firms. The firm has won more National Law Journal and VerdictSearch “Top 100 Verdicts” over the last five years than any other law firm. McKool Smith represents leading clients across a broad range of practice areas, including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense.        


Complex Commercial Litigation:

McKool Smith’s commercial litigators are experienced in all facets of complex commercial litigation, including matters involving antitrust claims, business torts, class actions, complex contract and business tort litigation, fiduciary litigation, information technology and outsourcing disputes, insurance recovery, investment fund and fund advisor litigation, merger and acquisition litigation, oil and gas royalty disagreements, securities litigation, shareholder litigation, whistleblower litigation, and structured finance and derivatives litigation. Our attorneys have represented clients in complex commercial litigation in every available forum, including state and federal trials and appeals, and domestic and international mediations and arbitrations.  

Intellectual Property Litigation:

McKool Smith represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including patent infringement, trademarks, trade secrets, patent licensing, and copyright matters. The firm employs skilled and experienced trial attorneys who have the legal and technical expertise to persuade judges and juries who decide technologically complex issues. Several firm attorneys also hold technical degrees and have worked as engineers themselves, providing clients with an enhanced level of experience in complex intellectual property matters. Additionally, the firm’s attorneys include 10 former Federal Circuit clerks. The firm also maintains a practice before the International Trade Commission, and has significant expertise in Section 337 litigation.  The firm was named the South’s top patent litigation firm by Managing IP and received the publication's 2011 “Patent Case of the Year” honor for securing a $290 million judgment for i4i Inc. against Microsoft. The judgment was unanimously affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court, and reportedly represents the largest U.S. patent infringement award to be affirmed by the Supreme Court. In 2012, the firm was named intellectual property “Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation, and previously was recognized as “IP Firm of the Year” by Law360.

White Collar Defense:

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

Bankruptcy Litigation:

McKool Smith's bankruptcy and restructuring practice focuses on the defense and prosecution of complex lawsuits arising under bankruptcy and related state and federal laws on behalf of 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 United States, and were among the first called before congress to provide insights on proposed changes to the Federal Bankruptcy Code. 


Client Comments

Courtland L. Reichman

"Courtland stands out amongst other lawyers I have worked with for his ability to understand the key commercial drivers, quickly identify the relevant legal issues, and provide clear and succinct advice."

Brett Piper
Les Mills International

Hugh M. Ray

"Hugh Ray is not only a top-notch expert bankruptcy attorney, but he brings with him a top-notch team of lawyers. Moreover, Hugh knows everyone who is anyone in the field of bankruptcy law. He has participated in one way or another in the vast majority of bankruptcy cases over the last 30 years. He knows the players and he knows the plays. You can't do better than Hugh Ray if you need help in a bankruptcy case."

Ben Branch
Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts

Mike McKool

"Mike McKool for years has represented the pinnacle of trial lawyers. His preparation is legendary and his command of the courtroom is incomparable. Mike has uncanny instincts which add to his amazing recall, yielding an orchestrated trial experience. His passion for the law coupled with an unyielding commitment to his clients has earned him a larger than life respect and a reputation as one of the top trial lawyers in the United States. He has assembled and leads a team of incredible attorneys that have won more verdicts over the past several years than any other law firm regardless of size. I give Mike my highest recommendation. It's about results and he delivers."

John Amend
The Amend Group

"Mike McKool is a first-rate litigator and the consummate professional. His depth of experience in high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation, coupled with his dedication, integrity, and determination to get the best possible results for his clients, truly makes for a winning combination. I have had the privilege of working with Mike and his firm on a number of significant patent infringement cases. I have always been very impressed by his personal investment in each case, as well as his focus and attention to detail. I can honestly say that I have never met a "better prepared" trial lawyer in my 24 years of practice. As gifted and talented as he may be as a litigator, I happen to know firsthand that Mike's personal qualities are equally impressive."

Frank Vecella
Ericsson Inc.

"Mike McKool, Jr. is a tremendous litigator. He handles complex litigations with aplomb. We are impressed with his proactive approach to litigation, his attention to detail, and the thoroughness of his preparation for trial. He has demonstrated the ability to quickly identify and comprehend significant legal issues and facts so as to develop winning strategies and arguments. He is a superb advocate and we look forward to each opportunity we have to work with Mike."

Moses Mares
Acacia Technologies

"I want Mike McKool next to me anytime one of my companies is at the courthouse. His preparation, reputation, and skilled advocacy give me an edge that I can't get with other lawyers or other firms. He brings an intensity and focus to my cases that make me feel like I am his most important client and I have the full resources of the firm behind me. Mike is the lawyer I trust to take care of cases that must be won. "

Les Ware
Monts & Ware

"Mike McKool brings a valuable mix of experience, trial skills, attention to detail, and common sense in handling some of American's most complex litigation. We have been expanding our relationship with Mike and his firm over the last few years, and the work and the results have been excellent. Mike understands the importance of being responsive to client needs and inquiries, and works well with inside counsel and other counsel in achieving good results."

Bruce Wark
American Airlines

"Mike McKool played a crucial role in quarterbacking a large litigation matter a few years ago that was of great importance to my Company's future. Mike led a trial team that included lawyers from major law firms located in several parts of the country. In addition to critical personal contributions in the trial, Mike's leadership brought out the best in each of the lawyers on the team. The result for my Company was a successful outcome obtained as quickly as circumstances permitted."

W. John Glancy
Holly Corporation

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United States
  • Los Angeles, CA
    865 South Figueroa Street, Suite 2900
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    Phone: 213-694-1200
  • Silicon Valley, CA
    255 Shoreline Drive, Suite 510
    Silicon Valley, CA 94065
    Phone: 650-394-1400
  • Washington, DC
    1999 K Street, NW, Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20006
    Phone: 202-370-8300
  • New York, NY
    One Bryant Park, 47th Floor
    New York, NY 10036
    Phone: 212-402-9400
  • Austin, TX
    300 West Sixth Street, Suite 1700
    Austin, TX 78701
    Phone: 512-692-8700
  • Dallas, TX
    300 Crescent Court, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201
    Phone: 214-978-4000
  • Houston, TX
    600 Travis Street, Suite 7000
    Houston, TX 77002
    Phone: 713-485-7300
  • Marshall, TX
    104 East Houston, Suite 300
    Marshall, TX 75670
    Phone: 903-923-9000

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • 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