McKool Smith Principals Highlighted Among Best Lawyers in Dallas

DALLAS – – McKool Smith co-founder Mike McKool and firm principal Robert M. Manley have earned spots on D Magazine’s 2009 listing of the “Best Business Lawyers in Dallas.”

To compile the “Best Business Lawyers” list, D Magazine editors solicited nominations from attorneys across the city. A blue-ribbon panel of attorneys worked with D Magazine’s staff to create the final list, which highlights 226 of Dallas’ top lawyers who devote most of their practice to representing businesses. The complete list will be featured in the July 2009 edition of D Magazine, and will be available throughout the year at

This marks the sixth consecutive time Mr. McKool has been highlighted on D Magazine’s listing of Dallas’ best lawyers. Mr. McKool serves as trial counsel for some of the world’s largest corporations, including major airlines, energy companies, telecommunications firms and investment banking houses. He has been recognized by Texas Lawyer newspaper as one of the state’s “Go-To Lawyers” for civil litigation, and the Dallas Business Journal has profiled him as one of the city’s top business defense attorneys.

Mr. Manley has repeatedly earned recognition in D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers” list, as well as the publication’s separate ranking of city’s top young lawyers. His practice focuses on complex business and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on cases involving cutting-edge telecommunications and technology advances and applications. Additionally, he is the founder and chairman of the McKool Smith Pro Bono Criminal Trial Program, where the firm’s attorneys donate their time as trial counsel for the underprivileged in misdemeanor criminal cases.

McKool Smith has more than 100 attorneys in Dallas, Austin, Marshall, Texas, New York, and Washington, D.C., handling commercial, intellectual property and white collar litigation for national and international clients. The firm is recognized as one of the premier trial law firms in the United States, having earned significant courtroom victories for clients such as American Airlines, Ericsson, Electronic Data Systems, Medtronic Inc., and Sony Ericsson. McKool Smith is recognized in The National Law Journal for winning more of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2008 than any firm in the nation.

For more information, please visit the firm’s Web site at, or contact Alan Bentrup at 214-559-4620 or [email protected]

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