The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

McKool Smith

300 CRESCENT COURT, SUITE 1500, DALLAS, TX 75201, USA
Tel:
Work +1 214 978 4000
Fax:
Fax +1 214 978 4044
Email:
Web:
www.mckoolsmith.com

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

[back to top]

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.

[back to top]


Further information on McKool Smith

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about McKool Smith in other jurisdictions.

United States

Offices in Dallas, Marshall, Austin, New York, Houston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Redwood Shores

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • New requirement for all issuers operating on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange

    On 10 August 2017 the Luxembourg Stock Exchange announced that all domestic and foreign issuers operating on the regulated market (Bourse de Luxembourg) or on the multilateral trading facility (Euro MTF) of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange must provide their legal entity identifier (“LEI ”) codes to the Luxembourg Stock Exchange before 15 September 2017.
  • Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources entered into force

    The Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources of 20 July 2017 entered into force on 2 August 2017 and placed Luxembourg among the most innovative space-oriented nations in the world.
  • VAT in the GCC – Q&A updates from the UAE Ministry of Finance

    On 9 July the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Finance (MOF) published an update of the Value Added Tax (VAT) FAQ section of its website.
  • PRIIPs KID: The final pieces of the puzzle

    The pieces of the puzzle are finally falling into place. The long-awaited level 3 and 4 measures have been published earlier this week, half a year before the PRIIPs KID becomes compulsory.
  • MiFID II: Further guidance on product governance requirements

    Amongst the numerous topics covered by the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II), the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has decided to provide further guidance on the requirements regarding product governance through its guidelines dated 2 June 2017 which focus on the target market assessment by manufacturers and distributors of financial products.     
  • Arendt & Medernach is again the “Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year”

    The partners of Arendt & Medernach are pleased to announce that their firm has been awarded once again the prestigious “Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year” title during the International Tax Review’s European Tax Awards ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel in London on 18 May.
  • Signature of the Multilateral instrument – reservations made by Luxembourg

    On 7 June 2017, the official ceremony for the signing of the multilateral instrument (“MLI”) took place bringing to a close a process initiated last year when a consensus was reached on the wording of the MLI on 24 November 2016 (see also our newsflash dated 2 December 2016, available on our website www.arendt.com section Publications/Newsflash).
  • Arendt & Medernach: Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year

    Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.
  • First VAT EU case law on the cost-sharing VAT exemption

    The question of the scope of the cost-sharing VAT exemption, also referred to in the Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 as amended ("EU VAT Directive") as “Independent Groups of Persons” or “IGPs”, is currently being debated at the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) in several cases. Last Thursday marked the first milestone regarding this specific VAT exemption since the CJEU released its judgment in the case Commission v Luxembourg (C-274/15).
  • An Introduction to Corporate Guarantee

    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.