McKool Smith
McKool Smith

McKool Smith

4 Star Rating     2 reviews 
Main Office:

300 Crescent Court, Suite 1500 | Dallas | TX | 75201

Phone: 214-978-4000 | Fax: 214-978-4044

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Year of establishment 1991 Number of partners 80
Number of offices 7 Partner to associate ratio 1.30
Biggest office Dallas Percentage of women attorneys 14.90
Number of attorneys 146
Number of associates 62
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McKool Smith Reviews

- Reviewed on September 29, 2018

Advice to law firm management: Require more partners to develop books of business. You need more institutional clients who regularly provide work, rather than hoping folks walk in the door for one-off litigation.

Pros: The people are nice and skilled at what they do. The firm has a desire to expand and be one of the "big dogs."

Cons: The firm made way too many partners into service partners with zero books of business. For decades, the firm relied on contingency fee work in patent litigation. When the contingency fee work was no longer profitable, the firm switched to focus on its insurance practice and shed a lot of associates, of counsel, and partners in their patent litigation practice.

Partners to Avoid and Why: None to avoid. But find out which are the service partners and which are the few that bring in business.

Favorite Things About this Firm: The work was great while it lasted. The firm will let you get substantively involved in discovery and early case issues, though it is much harder to get actual in-court experience.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2016

Job type: Full time

- Reviewed on July 28, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Work-life balance in a firm might sound like a ridiculous thing, but there are only so many hours in a day a person can work. There has to be some greater empathy for the lawyers.

Pros: This firm is really going places, it has grown tremendously fast over the past few years and working there I really get a sense of optimism and the potential for the future. The legal talent working there is often brilliant, and being part of that team fills me with confidence as well as always being helped by very smart colleagues when I come across problems.

Cons: It's stressful to work in a place with so many smart, talented people because I don't know when, if ever, I'll be able to move up the ladder. The competition is intense and I know that there are many there who simply are better lawyers than me.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


McKool Smith was founded in 1991 with a group of 13 trial lawyers in Dallas. Over the last 20 years, we have attracted and retained the highest caliber of legal talent, which has enabled McKool Smith to increase to over 170 trial lawyers and open offices in Austin, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC. The firm’s ability to grow and succeed is a direct reflection of the growth and success of our clients.

Practice Areas

McKool Smith practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Recovery Litigation
  • Contract Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Whistleblower
  • False Claims Act Litigation
  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Fiduciary Duty Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Business And Securities Valuation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Arbitration And Adr
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Patent Litigation
  • Itc
  • Section 337 Litigation
  • Copyright Trademark And False Advertising Litigation
  • Trade Secrets And Restrictive Covenant Litigation
  • White Collar Defense
  • Government Investigations
  • Internal Investigations
  • Antitrust Investigations
  • Bankruptcy

Hiring Criteria

McKool Smith follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

We are seeking high-achievers who are interested in becoming successful trial lawyers. A top-tier law school, grades in the top 20% percent of the candidate's law school class, journal experience, moot court/mock trial, and high undergraduate grades are all preferred.

Pro bono

The firm has not reported whether it counts pro bono hours towards the minimum billable hours requirement. Pro bono hours are counted the same as billable hours for the purposes of year-end bonuses.

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McKool Smith Awards and Recognitions

Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America

Ranked nationally as a leading firm for Intellectual Property - Patent Litigation.


McKool Smith is, and has been, committed to creating an inclusive, open and respectful culture comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds, where each and every individual is given a platform for success. We recognize that true diversity encompasses an infinite range of individual characteristics and experiences, including race, color, religion, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, and other factors. The firm's goal is to create a work environment where the unique attributes, perspectives, backgrounds, skills, and abilities of each employee are valued.

Summer associate program

Our summer associate program is similar to our associate program. We have substantive work to do, and we enlist summer associates to do that work. Summer associates draft motions and discovery requests, meet with clients, attend depositions, and assist with trial preparation. They work directly with attorneys at all levels, from the first year associate to the corner-office principal. Along the way, they receive meaningful feedback and guidance. Each summer associate is assigned two mentors, one associate and one principal, who ensure that the summer associate has diverse work assignments and is introduced to the attorneys in the firm.


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