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McKool Smith has a long-standing reputation as the go-to firm for patent trials because of its deep bench of litigators. The firm has strong expertise in electronics and telecommunications, but its team can also deal with disputes in the healthcare sector. It has offices in Dallas, Austin, Marshall and Houston, with additional locations in New York and Los Angeles. The key practitioners for patent litigation include Samuel Baxter, William LaFuze, Mike McKool and Steve Pollinger.


2022 client testimonials

"First-class trial attorneys. Very responsive to the client. Aggressive while being ethical and efficient."

"The firm takes a practical approach to preparing cases for trial. Efficient and focused trial strategy and execution."

"The firm has patent trial expertise, with emphasis on trial work as opposed to just vanilla litigators."

"Practical and singularly focused on winning the cases."


The firm has acted in high-profile patent disputes involving clients such as PanOptis and WiLan. Other clients include Halliburton, Ericsson, Rovi, Sanofi, Regeneron and Nokia.

Patent star Douglas A Cawley retired in 2022.