Firm Profile > McKool Smith > Dallas, United States

McKool Smith
SUITE 1500
DALLAS, TX 75201
United States

Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 1

The insurance recovery attorneys at McKool Smith 'are strong advocates for their clients and achieve results', advising on a range of claims relating to  property, natural disasters or construction defects, as well as bankruptcy-related litigation, cyber fraud incidents and asbestos cases. Robin Cohen, who 'has developed a deep bench of talent', collaborated with Elizabeth Sherwin and Keith McKenna on successfully helping Verizon Communications recover more than $50m in unreimbursed defense costs from several insurance carriers who had denied coverage for a 2010 securities claim. Cohen also advised Ken Frenchman on a longstanding declaratory relief and breach of contract claim from client QBE against its professional liability insurers. Marc Ladd and Adam Ziffer regularly work alongside the lead partners on their matters. All mentioned attorneys are based in New York.

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

McKool Smith is especially active in the telecoms sector, where it recently represented Ericsson in a district court case against TCL Communications Technology Holdings, obtaining $75m in damages for patent infringement and an additional $35m for prejudgment interest and willfulness of infringement of a patent covering platform access technology for various products. A recent highlight from the pharmaceutical sector involved acting for Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in patent litigation against Amgen concerning the new biologic Dupixent. The group also represented Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in two IPRs against Amgen subsidiary Immunex, securing institution of both IPRs challenging an Immunex patent. TiVo, Unwired Planet and Nokia are also clients. Theodore Stevenson and Douglas Cawley direct the practice which includes firm founder Mike McKool, Ashley Moore, Los Angeles' Roderick Dorman and Austin's Kevin Burgess.Kat Li in Austin, Nicholas Mathews and New York's Lauren Fornarotto made partner. Unless otherwise stated, all practitioners are based in Dallas. Lawrence Hadley joined Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP.

With more than 185 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. Since 2006, the firm has secured ten nine-figure jury verdicts, as well as 12 eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more VerdictSearch ‘Top 100 Verdicts’ over the last ten years than any other law firm in the country. Courtroom successes like these have earned McKool Smith critical acclaim and helped the firm become what The Wall Street Journal describes as ‘one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.’

Main areas of practice: Commercial litigation: McKool Smith specializes in complex commercial litigation. The firm litigates and, more importantly, tries complex cases involving a broad range of disputes, including antitrust, appellate, arbitration, bankruptcy, business and stock valuation, class actions, contract, corporate governance, energy, fiduciary duty, insurance recovery, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, securities and whistleblower actions, among others.

Intellectual property litigation: in intellectual property cases, McKool Smith’s courtroom track record is unrivalled. Since 2006, the firm has secured eight nine-figure patent infringement verdicts, more than any other law firm in the country. These courtroom victories have amounted to more than $1.7bn in verdict awards for the firm’s clients. In March 2017, McKool Smith was awarded US ‘Plaintiff IP Firm of the Year’ by Managing IP. The firm was also named the 2016 US ‘Intellectual Property Firm of the Year’ by Benchmark Litigation (for the second year in a row), and was previously named an ‘IP Group of the Year’ by Law360.

Insurance recovery: the firm’s insurance recovery practice comprises an all-star team of formidable trial lawyers who develop creative and cutting-edge solutions to ensure that their clients’ interests are protected, and that their recoveries for losses and liabilities are maximized. Collectively, the firm’s lawyers have obtained more than $8bn in insurance-related recoveries for clients across a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, chemical, entertainment, pharmaceutical, financial, education and healthcare, among others. McKool Smith has been awarded 2017 ‘Insurance Litigation Department of The Year’ by The New York Law Journal and was recognized as a 2016 and 2017 ‘Insurance Practice Group of the Year’ by Law360.

White-collar defense: the firm’s white-collar defense practice is led by former federal prosecutors with experience in virtually every type of government investigation and prosecution. They have handled a variety of matters, including allegations involving securities fraud, insider trading, bank fraud, tax violations, antitrust violations, FCPA, environmental violations, OFAC, and criminal antitrust investigations, among others. The firm’s attorneys also guide corporations, boards, and committees through internal investigations. In 2015, The American Lawyer named McKool Smith an honoree in the ‘Global Dispute of the Year’ category for achievements in handling investigations related to Swiss tax settlements.

Bankruptcy: the firm’s bankruptcy practice focuses on complex disputes 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial litigation
Intellectual property litigation
Insurance recovery
White-collar defense
Bankruptcy litigation
Photo Name Position Profile
 Douglas Cawley  photo Douglas Cawley
 Mike McKool  photo Mike McKool
 Thedore Stevenson  photo Thedore Stevenson
Number of Partners : 90
Number of other Fee-Earners : 91
Total Staff : 208
Co-founder/Chairman : Mike McKool
Other Offices : Austin
Other Offices : Dallas
Other Offices : Houston
Other Offices : Los Angeles
Other Offices : Marshall
Other Offices : New York
Other Offices : Silicon Valley
Other Offices : Washington, DC