Profile submitted by Mike McKool
Complex commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation.
Member, Advisory Council of the Federal Circuit; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates; Advisory Board for the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide.
As Chairman and a Founder of McKool Smith, Mike McKool is largely responsible for creating what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” Since founding the firm in 1991, Mr. McKool’s leadership and courtroom achievements have helped McKool Smith grow from an 11-attorney litigation boutique to a national litigation powerhouse with 185 trial lawyers across eight offices coast to coast. Over the course of his 40-year career, Mr. McKool has tried more than 100 jury trials and developed an enhanced understanding of the psychology that governs how juries decide cases. He was recognized as The American Lawyer's "Litigator of the Week" following his success as lead counsel for legendary music producer Quincy Jones in securing a $9.4 million jury verdict against the Michael Jackson estate in a breach of contract and royalty dispute and was awarded the 2017 Benchmark Litigation "Lifetime Achievement Award" for outstanding achievements in the practice of law. In 2015, Mr. McKool received the Texas Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award for "Professional Excellence." He was also included in Benchmark Litigation’s listing of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America,” and Law360’s listing of the Top 50 U.S. trial attorneys. This same year, he received the “Outstanding Alumnus Award” from the University of Texas Law Alumni Association for outstanding contributions to the legal profession. He is the recipient of the Dallas Bar Association “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award. Mr. McKool is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been selected by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to serve on the Federal Circuit Advisory Council.
University of Texas School of Law (JD, with honors, Order of the Coif, 1974); University of Notre Dame (BA, magna cum laude, 1971).