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McKool Smith

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United States: Industry focus

Insurance: advice to policyholders
Insurance: advice to policyholders - ranked: tier 2

McKool Smith

McKool Smith is rated by clients as ‘one of the top policyholder practices in the country’. The team handles arbitration and litigation, including class actions, and is experienced in environmental pollution, securities and defective construction mandates. The firm acted for key client Warren Pumps in a significant New York Court of Appeals case on the issue of allocation regarding long-tail claims; the firm won a landmark ruling, with the court applying an ‘all sums’ allocation. It also acted for former FIFA official Eduardo Li in a claim against insurers Lloyd’s of London and Axis to cover Li’s criminal defense costs. Other significant clients are Verizon, Cushman & Wakefield and Maxus Energy. In a huge coup for the firm, market heavyweight Robin Cohen joined as head of practice from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, bringing with her eight other attorneys, including ‘top-notch trial lawyer and strategist’ Kenneth Frenchman, the ‘very effective’ Natasha Romagnoli and the recommended Keith McKenna. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Robin Cohen - McKool Smith

Next generation lawyers

Keith McKenna - McKool Smith

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 2

McKool Smith

The ‘outstanding’ practice at McKool Smith is known for its strength in plaintiff-side cases and has solid experience acting for clients across numerous venues, including the ITC, PTAB, district courts and the Federal Circuit. Dallas-based Mike McKool heads the practice, and along with Douglas Cawley and Theodore Stevenson, recently acted as lead counsel to Ericsson in infringement actions against Apple concerning standard essential technology. In another highlight, Samuel Baxter represented IT systems management provider BMC Software in a suit brought by ServiceNow, where challenges to several of the client’s patents were argued before the PTAB. Courtland Reichman is managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices; Robert Cote is a key figure in New York; and Houston-based William LaFuze is a dean of the Texas IP bar.

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