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McKool Smith


McKool Smith - Dallas
  • 300 Crescent Court
  • Suite 1500
  • Dallas
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 75201
  • Tel:+1 214 978 4000
  • Fax:+1 214 978 4044
  • Email:Contact Us
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  • www. mckoolsmith.com
  • Managing Partner: Mike McKool
  • Number of partners: 89
  • Number of lawyers: 185

Main Areas of Practice:  

Complex Commercial Litigation:
McKool Smith’s commercial litigators are experienced in all facets of complex commercial litigation, including matters involving antitrust; appellate; arbitration; bankruptcy; business and stock valuation; class actions; contract; corporate governance; energy; fiduciary duty; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and whistleblower actions, among others. The firm’s 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’s courtroom track record in intellectual property cases is unrivaled. The firm represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including patent litigation; ITC/Section 337 disputes and investigations; copyright, trademark and false advertising litigation; and trade secret disputes. McKool Smith employs skilled and experienced trial lawyers with the legal and technical expertise necessary to persuade judges and juries who decide technologically complex issues. Many of the firm’s attorneys hold technical degrees and have previously worked as engineers or scientists, which offers clients an enhanced perspective in complex technological matters. Additionally, the firm’s attorneys include 10 former Federal Circuit clerks. In 2012, McKool Smith was named the top patent litigation firm in the south by Managing IP. The firm has also been named an “IP Firm of the Year” by Law360.

Bankruptcy Litigation:
McKool Smith’s bankruptcy litigation 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.

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. The firm’s attorneys also effectively guide major corporations, boards, and committees through sensitive internal investigations.

McKool Smith represents international clients in U.S. courts and international arbitration proceedings. The firm has represented many international businesses in countries across the globe, including Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

McKool Smith clients have included Affiliated Computer Systems; American Airlines; Ericsson, Inc.; Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac); HM Capital; Hunt Oil; KB Home; Koch Industries; Halliburton; Hunter Douglas; Lennox International, Inc.; Lockheed Martin; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Medtronic, Inc.; Novartis; Oaktree Capital Management; Rambus, Inc.; State of New Mexico; TiVo, Inc.; Toll Brothers; US Synthetic Corp.; and Versata Software, among others.


  • 300 West 6th Street,
  • Suite 1700,
  • Austin,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 78701
  • Tel 512 692 8700
  • Fax 512 692 8744
  • 600 Travis Street,
  • Suite 7000,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002
  • Tel 713.485.7301
  • 104 E Houston Street,
  • Suite 300,
  • Marshall,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • Tel 903 923 9000
  • Fax 903 923 9099
  • 865 South Figueroa Street,
  • Suite 2900,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90017
  • Tel 213 694 1200
  • Fax 213 694 1234
  • 255 Shoreline Drive, Suite 500,
  • Redwood City,
  • Silicon Valley,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94065
  • Tel 650 394 1400
  • Fax 650 394 1422
  • One Bryant Park,
  • 47th Floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10036
  • Tel 212 402 9400
  • Fax 212 402 9444
  • 1999 K Street,
  • NW Suite 600,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • DC 20006
  • Tel 202 370 8300
  • Fax 202 370 8344

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

THE FIRM McKool Smith is gaining increasing national prominence beyond the firm's Texas heartland. Already a go-to practice for clients dealing with the 'rocket docket' Eastern District of Texas, McKool Smith and its trial team is much sought after for its patents skills in state and federal courts nationwide, and for representations before the ITC. The team is sought out by clients such as American Airlines, Ericsson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and WiLAN. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mike McKool in Dallas is a principal and founding partner.

Intellectual Property - Texas

THE FIRM McKool Smith is widely regarded as one of the leading firms for IP and particularly patent litigation, in a state that remains a prime venue for such disputes. As well as representing defendants in patent and other IP right infringement cases, the firm is also well known for its work representing plaintiffs bringing claims. Areas of strength include computer and software technology, telecom, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Sources say: "Enormously talented trial lawyers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Samuel Baxter is one of the firm's most effective trial attorneys, and is described by a source as "the real deal." Primarily a patent litigator, he is a seasoned veteran of the Eastern District of Texas courts. 

Douglas Cawley is roundly considered to be a "superb" IP litigator in the pantheon of contemporary Texas-based trial attorneys. He has had a number of recent successes for plaintiffs, acting against household names in consumer technology.

Theodore Stevenson acts for globally recognized clients in significant patent cases. He is particularly renowned for his understanding of computer, software and telecom technology, as well as oilfield equipment and medical devices. 

Gordon White is the principal in charge of the firm's Austin office. He has a long-established reputation as a persuasive and highly successful trial lawyer in cases of great technical complexity, often regarding electrical engineering patents.

Kevin Burgess is a veteran patent litigator with a PhD in electrical engineering. He has excelled in defense and plaintiff infringement actions, frequently involving very complex technical applications.

Mike McKool is lauded by all commentators, with one saying: "He is a great leader of the firm and has encouraged its growth very deftly." A leading trial lawyer, McKool is sought by companies needing a powerful and effective litigator for their most sensitive cases.

Litigation - Texas

THE FIRM This large litigation practice has a reputation for fielding high-quality lawyers and working on high-profile general commercial litigation. The team has experience in dealing with joint venture litigation, IP litigation and bankruptcy matters. The firm's impressive client list includes Ericsson, Freedom Medical and Lennox International.

Sources say: "It's a firm that is always extremely well prepared. They take their task very seriously and have great attention to detail." "For a bet-the-company, or a case you have to win, they're unquestionably the firm to hire."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mike McKool maintains an eminent reputation for his work in general commercial litigation. "Mike McKool is the best litigator in the city, he's great," say sources, with one commentator in particular mentioning: "I have tons of respect for him; he's a warrior in the courtroom."

Samuel Baxter is highly regarded for his management of IP and antitrust litigation. "Incredibly impressed" observers label him "a giant of the Texas litigation Bar."

Lewis LeClair is renowned for being "capable and smart," and for having "a great eye for detail" in general commercial litigation matters. One source noted: "He has great intuition for what will and won't work; he is able to anticipate what the other side will do in ways I've not seen before."

Tom Bayko recently joined the team from Hogan Lovells US LLP. Bakyo represents clients in a range of general commercial litigation, and has particular expertise in energy-related matters. He recently represented a key energy client in significant matters pertaining to a pipeline explosion.