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McKool Smith

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United States: Dispute resolution

Leading trial lawyers
Leading trial lawyers

Mike McKool - McKool Smith

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United States: Industry focus

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

McKool Smith

The ‘spectacular’ team at McKool Smith ‘fields some of the top lawyers in the area’ and is regularly engaged in high-profile insurance mandates for policyholders. Practice head Robin Cohen, who is ‘brilliant, strategic and exceptionally good in court’, and Keith McKenna are representing Verizon in a case against five insurance carriers seeking insurance coverage for nearly $50m in defense costs that Verizon incurred in defending against a bankruptcy lawsuit. Cohen, Adam Ziffer, who ‘achieves strategic goals’, and Michelle Migdon are representing Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association, College Retirement Equities Fund and other members of TIAA-CRE in a coverage action against multiple insurers seeking coverage for defense costs and settlement payments arising out of three class actions alleging wrongdoing in connection to its investment management operations. Cohen and Ziffer are also representing Pfizer and Pharmacia Corporation in the recovery, under three different towers of D&O insurance, for three different underlying claims. Givaudan Fragrances Corporation, Medidata Solutions and AR Capital are also key clients. Kenneth Frenchman, Natasha Romagnoli, Elizabeth Sherwin, Burt Garson, the recently promoted Marc Ladd and Michael Miguel in Los Angeles are also key figures in the practice. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Robin Cohen - McKool Smith

Next generation lawyers

Keith McKenna - McKool Smith

Marc Ladd - McKool Smith

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United States: Intellectual property

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

McKool Smith

Noted for its ‘overall excellent service level’ and ‘top-notch legal advice’, McKool Smith acts for clients from the electronics, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, telecoms, technology and consumer product sectors. Key players Theodore Stevenson and Scott Hejny, both in Dallas, ‘are skilled oral advocates’ and have ‘a wealth of trial experience’. Practice head Mike McKool acted for Sanofi and Regeneron in litigation against Amgen regarding patents on new biologic antibody Dupixent® as well as in IPR proceedings against Immunex regarding interleukin-4 receptor antibodies. Together with Dallas’Samuel Baxter and Austin’s Kevin Burgess, Stevenson acted for Nokia in multiple infringement actions against Apple regarding, among others, video coding patents, eventually ending with a high-value settlement. In Los Angeles, Roderick Dorman is representing TiVo in a combined ITC and district court litigation against Comcast in relation to set-top box patents. The client base also includes Halliburton, AT&T and Eolas.

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