McKool Smith

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly experienced litigation outfit with an extensive roster of accomplished trial lawyers adept at representing sophisticated clients in a variety of commercial disputes. Particularly well known for its expertise in patent disputes, with additional experience in securities, antitrust and bankruptcy matters. Possesses a breadth of practice that takes it beyond Texas, with its lawyers having conducted trials nationwide. Acts for governmental entities as well as businesses from a broad range of industries including manufacturing, energy and financial services.

Strengths A client comments: "It is a pleasure working with them. They understand when to be aggressive and when not to be, and that decision-making ability is rare."

Another client reports: "The firm has excellent client service and delivers great results."

"They are incredibly experienced, very approachable and responsive," according to one source.

Work highlights Served as lead counsel for the trustees of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System in a dispute with the City of Dallas over who bears responsibility for a potential multibillion-dollar shortfall in the assets of the pension system.

Notable practitioners

Lewis LeClair
is "an excellent and well-respected trial lawyer," according to market sources. One source says: "He is extremely experienced and particularly adept at matching the law to your objectives and achieving them in a very efficient manner." He handles a range of commercial disputes, including energy and antitrust claims.

Mike McKool
is held in high regard as "a very serious trial threat." He is known for his deft handling of a wide range of commercial disputes, including intellectual property, securities and breach of contract disputes.

Samuel Baxter
skillfully represents blue-chip corporate clients in commercial, antitrust and intellectual property litigation. A market commentator notes: "He is one of the best trial lawyers I have ever seen."

William Wood
is a highly respected litigator with considerable expertise in the oil and gas sector. His experience includes arbitrations as well as trials.