McKool Smith

Intellectual Property Department

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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 ITC and PTAB.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Cawley is "head and shoulders above the rest, probably the finest IP lawyer in the state," peers say. He is a standout trial lawyer with considerable expertise in handling major complex cases.

Mike McKool is renowned for his extensive trial experience, handling an array of high-profile IP disputes. Clients say that "Mike always has practical and sound advice to help guide us through the disputes we're involved in."

Samuel Baxter is a highly regarded figure in Texas patent litigation with a reputation that also extends nationally. "Sam Baxter has been an incredible individual to work with," says a source; "he listens to our business strategy and challenges and helps us implement a legal strategy around them."

Theodore Stevenson is sought by sources for his "unparalleled trial experience. He is incredibly familiar with litigation tactics and jury presentation and is excellent at taking complex concepts and breaking them down into readily understandable terms for a jury." He handles IP litigation at multiple levels, with notable appellate experience.