Mike McKool - McKool Smith PC

Mike McKool

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993
Phone: 214-978-4002

Mike McKool has tried over 100 jury trials and earned a national reputation for rigorous case preparation and superlative trial skills. During his 38 year legal career, he has secured billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients. Since founding McKool Smith in 1991, Mr. McKool's leadership and courtroom achievements have helped the firm grow from an eleven attorney litigation boutique in Dallas to a national litigation powerhouse with 175 trial lawyers across eight offices coast to coast. He is consistently recognized as one of the top litigators in the country by leading legal publications, including Best Lawyers, The Legal 500, Lawdragon, and Chambers USA, where he is ranked as a leading national trial lawyer and “Band 1” in commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation. He is also ranked as a “Band 1” patent litigator in the United States by Chambers Global. Mr. McKool is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Advisory Council of the Federal Circuit, and serves on the Advisory Board for the “Patent Case Management Judicial Guide,” used by federal district judges..

University of Notre DameBA 1971University of Texas Law SchoolJ.D. 1974

Client Comments

"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
Associate General Counsel - Litigation
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
Vice President
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
Associate General Counsel
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
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Holly Corporation

Office Location

300 Crescent Court, Suite 1500
Dallas, TX 75201
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Dallas Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions of the Dallas Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Dallas Metro Area
Mike McKool has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Mike McKool has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Mike McKool has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation (Intellectual Property)
Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation)
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Litigation - Patent
Litigation - Securities