With more than 120 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall (TX), New York, and Washington, DC, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. The firm has secured 13 nine-figure jury verdicts and15 eight-figure jury verdicts, obtaining more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal “Top 100 Verdicts” than any other law firm. 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.” McKool Smith represents leading clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.
Commercial litigation: McKool Smith specializes in complex commercial litigation. The firm litigates and regularly tries complex cases across a broad range of practice areas including antitrust, bankruptcy, entertainment, class action, contract, corporate governance, energy, fiduciary duty, insurance recovery, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, securities, and qui tam/whistleblower, among others. The firm’s attorneys also routinely appear in leading arbitral forums (e.g., JAMS and AAA) and appellate courts nationwide, including the US Supreme Court.
Intellectual property litigation: McKool Smith’s courtroom track record in intellectual property (IP) cases is unrivaled. Over the past 20 years, this distinguished trial team has won more patent litigation damages than any other firm (3 billion+). The firm represents both plaintiffs and defendants in all aspects of IP litigation including patent litigation; ITC/Section 337 disputes and investigations; copyright, trademark, and false advertising litigation; and trade secret disputes. The firm’s attorneys also represent clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The IP practice has been recognized as the US “Plaintiff IP Firm of the Year” by Managing IP, “Intellectual Property Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation, and “IP Group of the Year” by Law360, among other honors.
Insurance recovery: McKool Smith’s litigators have more than 30 years of experience effectively leading clients through high-stakes coverage and liability disputes against their insurance providers. Collectively, the firm’s lawyers have obtained more than $5 billion in insurance-related recoveries for clients across a broad range of industries including manufacturing, chemical, entertainment, pharmaceutical, financial, education, and healthcare, among others.
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 defend alleged art, bank and securities fraud; insider trading; and antitrust, environmental, FCPA, OFAC, and tax violations, among other matters. The firm’s attorneys have also been appointed to monitorships and guided corporations, boards, and committees through internal investigations.
Bankruptcy: The firm’s bankruptcy practice focuses on complex disputes arising under bankruptcy and related state and federal laws, representing trustees, debtors, creditors’ committees, and other parties. The firm also handles complex reorganization proceedings and out-of-court restructurings.
Diversity & Inclusion:McKool Smith is the proud home of a team of top-notch lawyers who, without limitation, celebrate diversity and the creativity and innovation it promotes. The firm understands the value of collaboration among lawyers with a range of backgrounds and experiences and the synergies gained by drawing from a variety of perspectives. Our commitment to hiring and retaining a diverse team enables us to provide superior service to our clients in a workplace where elite trial attorneys attain the highest level of professional satisfaction.
Communicating with juries is at the heart of what we do, and no two jurors are the same. Top to bottom, McKool Smith has taken steps to ensure, that our lawyers can make connections where it matters most, that we reflect the communities we serve, and that diversity is woven into every stitch of the firm’s fabric. Together. Stronger.
Diversity is a core value and a force multiplier. Study after study has shown that diverse teams perform better, irrespective of industry or geography. Diverse companies attract top talent, enjoy greater employee retention, and elevate decision making and customer service to achieve better results. It’s how you win.
As outlined in our Diversity Policy, McKool Smith is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting a diverse team of lawyers and legal professionals and fostering a culture of inclusion. To honor this commitment, our Diversity Committee is charged with ensuring the continuous improvement of the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts and oversees the administration of our Diversity Action Plan, which features strategies to help meet these goals. The action plan includes mandates for:
Monitoring and promoting the Diversity Policy;
Communicating the firm’s diversity initiatives internally and externally;
Focusing on inclusion, mentoring and diverse staffing on client matters;
Enhancing our diversity recruiting efforts for both law students and laterals; and
Improving, expanding, and promoting our relationships with organizations supporting the interests and advancement of minorities, women, and other communities that are underrepresented in the legal industry.
In January 2020, McKool Smith retained Coston Consulting, a certified minority/Black-owned business advisory firm, to oversee development and implementation of the firm’s diversity initiatives in collaboration with the Diversity Committee. Michael Coston, the firm’s CEO, acts as McKool Smith’s external diversity & inclusion officer.
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The Susman Godfrey Difference: Susman Godfrey is America’s premier litigation boutique. Our talented group of lawyers handle high-stakes litigation for plaintiffs and defendants nationwide. With over 170 trial lawyers in four offices from coast to coast, we handle the most challenging cases throughout the country. We offer a broad range of creative, flexible fee structures which align our and our clients’ interests. Traditional hourly billing accounts for a small percentage of our work. Because we often share risk with our clients, we are committed to their success. At Susman Godfrey, we approach each case as if it is headed for trial. Everything that we do is designed to prepare our attorneys to persuade a jury. When you are represented by Susman Godfrey, the opposing party will know that you are willing to take the case all the way to a verdict if necessary—this fact alone can make a good settlement possible.
We’re Number 1: Susman Godfrey has a longstanding reputation as one of the premier firms of trial lawyers in the US. We have been named the nation’s best litigation boutique by Vault 13 years in a row (every year since they started ranking). Benchmark Litigation named us Trial Firm of the Year in 2022 and Commercial Litigation Firm of the Year in 2023. The American Lawyer named us Boutique Litigation Firm of the Year in 2019. Our lawyers are regularly recognized by legal media and researchers as leaders in their field.
Unique Perspective: Susman Godfrey represents both plaintiffs and defendants. We thrive on variety, flexibility, and creativity. Clients appreciate the insights that our broad experience brings. Our dual perspective informs not just our trial tactics, but also our approach to settlement negotiations and mediation presentations. We are successful in court because we understand our opponent’s case as well as our own.
Unparalleled Talent: Susman Godfrey prides itself on a talent pool as deep as any firm in the country. Clerking for a judge in the federal court system is considered to be the best training for a young trial attorney. Over 95% of our lawyers served in these highly sought-after clerkships after law school. Ten of our trial lawyers have clerked at the highest level—for Justices of the United States Supreme Court.
A Record of Winning: No matter the practice area or side of the courtroom, our lawyers are adept at becoming experts on the relevant subject matter, committing to the client’s ultimate goal, and working tirelessly to exceed expectations. Major victories include:
Secured historic $787.5 million deal with Fox News Network to resolve defamation claims brought by client, Dominion Voting Systems.
Secured landmark win for Flutter Entertainment in multi-billion dollar arbitration against Fox Sports Group.
Secured a $600 million settlement for residents of Flint, Michigan in the nationally followed Flint Water Crisis litigation.
Serve as National Trial Counsel for Walmart in many high stakes legal matters.
Won a $25.25 million jury verdict for client, Steven Lamar, in a contract and IP dispute with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine over the iconic Beats headphones – this verdict was also included on The National Law Journal’s ‘Top 100 Verdicts of the Year’ list.
Secured a favorable settlement for defendant, Uber, in its epic battle against Google’s Waymo over self-driving car technology.
Won a jury verdict valued at $160 million for client General Electric, in its legal battle against the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority.
Secured one of the largest settlement awards ever to a single whistleblower in a False Claims Act case – over $450 million from Novartis Pharmaceuticals, who was accused of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid by illegally paying kickbacks to pharmacies so they would recommend Novartis’s medications to doctors and patients.
Secured a settlement valued at $100 million for a certified class of plaintiffs in a copyright infringement class action against well-known music streaming service, Spotify.
Won a defense-side jury verdict on behalf of The Rawlings Company in a certified class action challenging the company’s classification of its employees. After a three-week jury trial in Kentucky state court, the jury decided in favor of the defense.
Won a $50.3 million federal jury verdict for Green Mountain Glass, in a patent infringement lawsuit against Ardagh Glass. The verdict was #34 on National Law Journal’s “Top 100 Verdicts of 2017” list.
Secured a $91.25 million settlement for insurance policy owners in 37 Besen Parkway, LLC v. John Hancock Life Insurance Company.
Secured over $1.2 billion with several international automobile parts suppliers in the In Re Automotive Parts price-fixing class action.
Recovered $40 million for a class of derivatives investors in a securities class action against Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. The deal is believed to be the largest recovery ever obtained on behalf of derivative investors in history.
Hicks Thomas LLP is one of Houston’s premier litigation boutiques and is led by experienced senior trial lawyers whose talents rival those in the litigation departments of any of Houston’s global law firms. The firm handles client matters across the country. With a commitment to client service, Hicks Thomas offers superior value to clients facing the significant costs and uncertainty inherent in complex litigation.
Here are some things that the firm’s clients typically say:
The firm’s lawyers are relentless advocates and fearless in court.
They are ready for the courtroom and the boardroom.
They understand our business.
We get their undivided attention.
There are no surprises.
Hicks Thomas lawyers have extensive experience representing clients in and out of the courtroom in a broad range of industries and litigation practice areas. Clients hire the lawyers at Hicks Thomas not only for their broad range of subject-matter expertise but also, and more especially, for their strategic insights in managing disputes from prelitigation advice through trial and appeal. Senior management hires Hicks Thomas for its track record and dedication to delivering results. In-house litigation managers want to work with Hicks Thomas because they know they will have the benefit of top-notch trial lawyers who are collaborative, are easy to work with, and will understand how to succeed both in court and for the business.
The firm’s lawyers are widely recognized as part of the upper echelon of the trial bar. Several of the firm’s attorneys are Board Certified in specialties such as Civil Trial Law, Civil Appellate Law, and Personal Injury Trial Law. The firm is also consistently recognized as a top law firm by publications such as Chambers USA, U.S. News – Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, and Super Lawyers.
Hicks Thomas’ track record of success has made it a go-to firm for clients facing complex litigation challenges. Founded in 1997, Hicks Thomas celebrates its 25th year of operation this year and has offices in Houston, Austin, Beaumont, and Amarillo, Texas, and Sacramento, California.
McGinnis Lochridge is a highly experienced, multi-practice Texas law firm with more than 70 attorneys. Founded in 1927, McGinnis Lochridge has maintained strong ties to its judicial and legislative traditions for over 90 years. The Firm has been fortunate to count among its lawyers distinguished leaders in judicial and governmental positions, including state and federal trial judges, a Texas Supreme Court justice, a Fifth Circuit justice, state and federal legislators, a past president of the Texas Bar, and even a governor of Texas. The Firm has continued to grow and adapt to meet clients’ needs in a changing and increasingly complex business environment.
Today, from offices in Austin, Houston, Dallas, McAllen, and Decatur, the Firm’s attorneys maintain a broad civil law practice in all Texas state and federal courts. Our major practice areas include oil and gas, complex commercial litigation, public utility regulation, electric energy, class actions, corporate, environmental, labor and employment, trust and estates, intellectual property, and international law. The Firm’s clients range from individuals and small businesses to some of the world’s largest corporations.
At McGinnis Lochridge, each client and every legal matter receives partner-level attention. This client focus ensures maximum value, efficiency, and results. At the same time, the breadth of our practice areas enables clients to rely on McGinnis Lochridge as a comprehensive resource — a single-source, trusted advisor able to address the most challenging business and legal needs.