McKool Smith

Intellectual Property Department

USA
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What the team is known for Excellent patent litigation offering, particularly dominant in the IP dispute hotspot of the Eastern District of Texas. Recommended for complex and high-stakes cases in the life sciences and hi-tech sectors, and especially noted for its work on behalf of plaintiffs. Recognised for experience before federal and district courts, as well as before the ITC and PTAB.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Cawley offers decades of experience representing major clients in complex patent litigation, with recent work including matters pertaining to the technology and telecommunications industries. Interviewees label him "a tremendous litigator."

Firm founder and chair Mike McKool is described by one source as "a real Texas powerhouse" and "a national go-to for patent litigation." He enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of the state's leading exponents of patent litigation, handling such matters as part of a broader practice that also encompasses general commercial disputes.

Samuel Baxter is described as "a legend in the field" who "has really made his mark on patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas." He is deeply experienced in acting in patent infringement disputes for clients from a diverse range of industries, including the telecoms, medical device and automotive sectors.

Theodore Stevenson is widely renowned for his trial work both for and against major players in a broad range of industries, including oil and gas, technology and telecommunications. One client says: "He has a great ability to break down a case and pick out what will be important to a jury, and focus on that so they can really identify with the case."