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About McKool Smith

McKool Smith is a trial firm with a reputation for victory in the courtroom in “bet-the-company” cases and beyond. With seven offices coast-to-coast, the firm’s experienced trial attorneys represent both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial cases, intellectual property disputes, bankruptcy litigation, and white collar defense. The firm also features a leading policyholder-side insurance recovery practice.

Strategic Growth

McKool Smith set up shop in 1991 as a small Dallas firm of 13 trial lawyers. Not long after, the firm strategically and rapidly expanded to include offices in Austin, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, and Washington, DC. In 1996, the firm opened its Marshall office, which quickly established a reputation as a “rocket docket” for patent infringement cases in the Eastern District of Texas. This led the firm to open its Austin office and launch an intellectual property litigation practice in anticipation of the patent litigation boom. In 2007, the firm added an International Trade Commission (ITC) litigation practice and a new Washington, DC office in response to the popularity of the ITC’s popularity for resolving infringement disputes. Later that year,  the firm opened an office in New York and to develop financial litigation and white collar defense practices. In 2011, the firm completed its nationwide expansion when it combined with Los Angeles-based Hennigan Dorman.

Behind the Trial

McKool Smith’s trial prowess speaks for itself. The firm has achieved 19 “Top 100 Verdicts” in the past decade, which according to McKool Smith, is more than any other firm. Recent high-profile victories include multimillion-dollar verdicts for clients like producer Quincy Jones in a contract and royalty dispute against Michael Jackson, WiLAN in a patent infringement suit against Apple, and Ericsson in a patent infringement suit against TCL. The firm also recently represented New Jersey Transit in an appellate win enabling it to recover up to $400 million in insurance proceeds stemming from losses related to Superstorm Sandy.

McKool Smith is serious about resources, such as an in-house jury consulting service that provides pre-trial feedback and real-time consulting during trial. The firm also helps produce the Behind the Trial podcast, which dives into topics like presenting a case to a jury and judge, trial pitfalls to avoid, and the art of persuasion.

Diversity Initiatives

McKool Smith embraces diversity from all angles. The firm is a partner with numerous associations, including the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity and local associations embracing diversity of all kinds. The firm’s internal practices include staffing diverse lawyers on the most substantive roles working with clients, hiring of consultants who specialize in diverse recruiting, and incorporating mandatory diversity training into existing presentations and workshops.

McKool Smith

300 Crescent Court
Suite 1500
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 978-4000

Firm Stats

Chairman: Mike McKool
Hiring Partner: Michael Fritz
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
100 - 150

Base Salary

1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer Associate: $3,700/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
8 out of 10 (2Ls) (2019)

No. of Summer Associates:
11 total (10 2Ls; 1 1Ls) (2019)

Employment Contact

Susan H. Stanislav
Recruiting Coordinator
(214) 978-4034
sstanislav@mckoolsmith.com

Major Office Locations

Austin, TX
Dallas, TX (HQ)
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Marshall, TX
New York, NY
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Bankruptcy
Commercial Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
White Collar Defense
Insurance Recovery
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.