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TEXAS TEXAS Local litigation firms Local litigation stars Paul Ferguson Provost Umphrey Law Firm Personal Injury, Product Liability Highly recommended Jeffery Angelovich Nix Patterson & Roach Jean Frizzell Baron & Budd Antitrust, Commercial, Intellectual Property, Reynolds Frizzell Black Doyle Allen & Oldham Securities Commercial Gibbs & Bruns Michael Angelovich Robin Gibbs McKool Smith Nix Patterson & Roach Gibbs & Bruns Commercial, Intellectual Property Commercial, Securities Nix Patterson & Roach Kurt Arnold Lee Godfrey Susman Godfrey Arnold & Itkin Susman Godfrey Personal Injury, Product Liability Commercial The Buzbee Law Firm Ashton Bachynsky Marc Gravely The Lanier Law Firm Carter & Bachynsky Gravely & Pearson Employment/Labor Insurance Recommended Camp Bailey Grant Harvey Bailey Perrin Bailey Gibbs & Bruns Arnold & Itkin Civil, Personal Injury, Toxic Tort Commercial Bailey Perrin Bailey Ken Bailey Geoffrey Harrison Bailey Perrin Bailey Susman Godfrey Carter & Bachynsky Civil, Personal Injury, Toxic Tort Commercial Gravely & Pearson Steve Baron Wesley Hill Baron & Budd Ward & Smith Provost Umphrey Law Firm Asbestos, Environment, Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property, Oil & Gas Reynolds Frizzell Black Doyle Allen & Oldham Bradley Beckworth Jason Itkin Nix Patterson & Roach Arnold & Itkin Smyser Kaplan & Veselka Class Action, Intellectual Property, Securities Personal Injury, Product Liability Ward & Smith Vineet Bhatia W. Mark Lanier Susman Godfrey The Lanier Law Firm Antitrust, Commercial Civil, Personal Injury, Toxic Tort Anthony Bruster Robert Madden Nix Patterson & Roach Gibbs & Bruns Intellectual Property, Product Liability Securities Russell Budd Kenneth Marks Baron & Budd Susman Godfrey Asbestos, Environment Commercial Tony Buzbee Mike McKool The Buzbee Law Firm McKool Smith Environment, Mass Tort Commercial, Intellectual Property Darryl Carter Harold Nix Carter & Bachynsky Nix Patterson & Roach Employment/Labor Personal Injury, Product Liability, Toxic Tort Johnny Carter David Oliver Susman Godfrey Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease Antitrust, Securities Personal Injury Jeffrey Carter Karen Oshman McKool Smith Susman Godfrey Intellectual Property Commercial, Securities Doug Cawley Brady Paddock McKool Smith Nix Patterson & Roach Intellectual Property Intellectual Property THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO AMERICA’S LEADING LITIGATION FIRMS & ATTORNEYS 155 TEXAS Kathy Patrick Katherine Treistman Gibbs & Bruns Susman Godfrey Securities Commercial C. Cary Patterson Max Tribble Nix Patterson & Roach Susman Godfrey Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Product Commercial, Intellectual Property Liability, Toxic Tort Thomas Walter Umphrey Matthew Pearson Provost Umphrey Law Firm Gravely & Pearson Employment/Labor, Personal Injury Insurance T. Gordon White Mike Perrin McKool Smith Bailey Perrin Bailey Intellectual Property Civil, Personal Injury, Toxic Tort Steven Wolens Barrett Reasoner McKool Smith Gibbs & Bruns Class Action, Commercial Commercial T. John “Johnny” Ward, Jr. Shawn Raymond Ward & Smith Susman Godfrey Commercial, Intellectual Property, Oil & Gas, Class Action, Commercial, Personal Injury Personal Injury Chris Reynolds Mark Wawro Reynolds Frizzell Black Doyle Allen & Oldham Susman Godfrey Commercial Commercial, Securities, Intellectual Property Nelson Roach Nix Patterson & Roach Antitrust, Commercial, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Toxic Tort Mary Kathryn Sammons Susman Godfrey Commercial Brad Seidel Nix Patterson & Roach Class Action, Commercial, Securities D. Neil Smith Nix Patterson & Roach Commercial, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury Craig Smyser Smyser Kaplan & Veselka Business, Personal Injury, Securities Theodore Stevenson III McKool Smith Commercial, Intellectual Property Scott Summy Baron & Budd Environment Harry Susman Susman Godfrey Commercial Stephen Susman Susman Godfrey Commercial 156 TEXAS Texas concentrates his practice on oil and gas litigation, legal and professional malpractice, securities, and intellectual property. He has played leading roles in many notable cases including a lawsuit filed on behalf of an individual investor against JPMorgan Chase, Highly recommended firms depth expertise and a consistent record of related to roughly $35 million of asset- winning results for both plaintiffs and backed sewer revenue securities from the Baron & Budd defendants. Named by Benchmark Litigation bank. The case settled two days into trial on Dallas-based Baron & Budd is a nationally as a 2012 Firm of the Year in the realm of favorable terms to the investor. recognized plaintiffs’ firm specializing in the securities, Gibbs & Bruns handles virtually prosecution of environmental claims. every area of commercial litigation in McKool Smith Founded more than 40 years ago, the firm addition to antitrust, employment, oil and Since its founding in 1991, Dallas-based built its reputation early on handling asbestos gas, intellectual property, insurance and trust McKool Smith has undergone aggressive litigation and continues its aggressive and estate litigation. Peers and clients alike growth, today employing more than 165 representation of mesothelioma victims. consistently heap on praise, with one recent litigators in offices Texas, New York, Employing more than 35 attorneys and client enthusing, “They did an outstanding Washington, DC, and most recently, Silicon maintaining additional offices in Austin, Los job. They were always available, responsive Valley and Los Angeles. The latter mentioned Angeles and Baton Rouge, the firm has and helpful, and worked closely with their office came about after the firm’s much- expanded into a range of other practice areas clients to explain complex legal issues. They publicized announcement in September 2011 including commercial litigation, product produced excellent results in all of the cases that it was joining forces with the Hennigan liability, dangerous drugs, consumer scams, they were involved in. In all of the Dorman firm. McKool Smith represents securities fraud and more. Still, the Baron & depositions and pleadings, they seemed to be clients on both sides of the aisle in litigation Budd name is associated most strongly with far ahead in the depth and breadth of their involving commercial disputes, antitrust, environmental matters, particularly in research and in the quality of their briefs; bankruptcy, intellectual property, white- regards to asbestos, water contamination and they also were excellent negotiators in a collar crime and more. The firm prides itself class action litigation. One New York-based highly politicized environment.” Despite a on employing litigation generalists who can peer states unequivocally, “They are one of significant amount of defense representation, master many different types of cases. On the the top firms in Texas.” a large portion of Gibbs & Bruns’ caseload plaintiffs’ side of the aisle, McKool Smith is In May 2008, the firm, serving as co-lead involves plaintiffs’ litigation. The firm, in this particularly well known for expertise in counsel for the plaintiffs’ steering committee, capacity, has racked up an extensive list of intellectual property matters. One peer says, obtained a landmark $420 million class wins in recent years. One major highlight is “In Texas they seem to have the most robust settlement on behalf of more than 150 water the $8.5 billion settlement obtained in 2011 docket by far.” Attorney Doug Cawley providers and 17 states regarding claims of on behalf of 22 institutional investors with recently won a $290 million jury verdict on methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) claims against Countrywide and its corporate behalf of i4i Limited Partnership in a case contamination in drinking water. The parent, Bank of America, related to against Microsoft, alleging that the litigation named as defendants some of the securitization pools that issued billions of technology used in Microsoft Word infringed nation’s top oil and gas companies, including dollars of Countrywide-issued mortgage- on an i4i patent. The matter was appealed to BP. This year, Baron & Budd served as co- backed securities. The settlement received the US Supreme Court and the verdict lead counsel in a class case against atrazine extensive media attention with one leading unanimously upheld by justices. In another manufacturer and distributor, Syngenta, publication proclaiming it as “likely to be the notable matter, the firm, in 2011, secured a related to claims of surface water single biggest settlement tied to the subprime $391 million judgment for Versata Software contamination in the Midwest. In that matter mortgage boom and subsequent financial in a patent infringement lawsuit against the attorneys played a central role negotiating a crisis of 2008.” In another notable case that major global software company, SAP proposed $105 million settlement for public went to trial, the firm obtained a $4.58 America and its German-based parent water providers in the region. The firm has million jury verdict on behalf of SourceGas company, SAP AG. Firm founder Mike also recently played a lead role in the Gulf oil Distribution regarding claims that Noble McKool is a highly respected trial lawyer spill litigation against BP, serving on the Energy breached its Gas Purchase Agreement who handles many of the firm’s biggest plaintiffs’ steering committee and plaintiffs’ with SourceGas by selling the company litigation matters, frequently representing executive committee. natural gas at prices that were above the clients such as Lockheed Martin, American Steve Baron is a highly respected trial lawyer market price and not required under the Airlines and Excel Communications. in Texas who heads up the firm’s asbestos agreement. Theodore Stevenson III has more than 20 and pharmaceutical litigation groups. Among Kathy Patrick, named a Female Litigator of years of litigation experience handling his many successes, Baron served as the point the Year this March by Benchmark intellectual property disputes. One peer says man in negotiating a landmark $4 billion Litigation, is acclaimed for aggressively “Ted Stevenson is a really fine, mostly settlement with Halliburton on behalf of representing clients’ interests while also plaintiffs’, IP lawyer.” Gordon White and thousands of asbestos cancer victims. Russell bringing intelligence and creativity to the Steven Wolens are also recognized as Budd is a nationally acclaimed plaintiffs’ negotiating table. She served as lead counsel litigation stars. lawyer who has played a central role in many in the above-mentioned settlement with Bank of the firm’s most notable wins. He serves on of America and continues to play a central Nix Patterson & Roach the Board of Governors of the American role in the firm’s securities litigation on behalf Nix Patterson & Roach is a revered Association for Justice and formerly served of individual and institutional investors. In plaintiffs’ firm that prides itself on the ability on the board and executive committee of the May, Patrick and other attorneys helped to “stand toe-to-toe with the biggest and Texas Trial Lawyers Association. obtain an agreement with Residential Capital most powerful corporations in the world.” and affiliated debtors for an $8.7 billion The firm is able to achieve such an objective Gibbs & Bruns allowed claim for nearly 400 residential through a combination of resources, Houston-based Gibbs & Bruns is a top-tier mortgage backed securities trusts. The expertise, and dedication to “withstand long litigation boutique, nationally recognized for litigation was related to Residential Capital’s and expensive litigation.” The firm has employing attorneys with intelligence, in- bankruptcy filing in 2012. Barrett Reasoner undergone substantial growth since its THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO AMERICA’S LEADING LITIGATION FIRMS & ATTORNEYS 157 TEXAS founding in Daingerfield in 1965, today alleging Comcast conspired with cable TV renowned trial lawyer who consistently employing 27 attorneys and operating operators to monopolize the market. The represents clients in high-stakes matters additional offices in Texarkana, Austin, case is seeking some $2.7 billion in treble involving pharmaceuticals, defective medical Dallas, and most recently, Florida. A support damages and was recently granted class products and toxic exposure. He has received staff of more than 50 professionals further certification, which was later upheld on extensive praise from legal media outlets deepens the firm’s ability to achieve the best appeal by the Third Circuit. around the country for his work on behalf of possible results for clients. Attorneys handle a Stephen Susman is one of the most plaintiffs. In one notable result, he obtained a wide range of litigation including toxic tort, distinguished plaintiffs’ lawyers in the US. $253 million recovery for a client with claims securities, personal injury, commercial, Consistently recognized by peers and legal against Merck over the company’s nursing home negligence, product liability, media outlets, he has recently concentrated prescription drug, Vioxx, which was pulled automobile accidents, wrongful death and much of his litigation on environmental from the market after being linked to strokes intellectual property. The firm is currently issues, emerging as a major player in global and heart attacks. In the late 1990s he serving as interim lead counsel in a class warming litigation. In one example he obtained a $188.3 million verdict on behalf action brought by Compsource Oklahoma successfully represented a coalition of 37 of more than 20 asbestos victims. That case is against BNY Mellon seeking to recover losses cities opposing the permitting of coal-fired reportedly considered one of the largest suffered in BNY Mellon’s investments in electric generating plants by TXU. He is also asbestos verdicts in US history. One peer says medium-term notes of Sigma Finance. known for his skill attracting top talent to the “Mark Lanier is the guy, and Lanier is head Serving as co-lead counsel, attorneys at Nix firm. One competitor acknowledges “Steve and shoulders above most firms.” Patterson also obtained settlements valued at Susman hires very smart people.” Lee more than $320 million on behalf of the Godfrey is a widely praised attorney who one Recommended firms Teachers Retirement system of Oklahoma peer describes as “one of the finest trial and the Oklahoma Law Enforcement System lawyers in the US.” Gravely & Pearson in a securities fraud case against Delphi. The Since its 2003 founding, the five-lawyer San case was related to Delphi’s restatement of all The Buzbee Law Firm Antonio firm Gravely & Pearson has gained financial statements for a five-year period The Buzbee Law Firm has emerged as a a national reputation for its strong dating back to its spin-off from General leading plaintiffs’ firm known for highly policyholder-side insurance litigation. In Motors. In April 2011 the firm helped selective case selection and aggressive May, the firm won a $1.4 million settlement obtained approval of a $2.6 million representation for clients. Operating with the from United National Insurance Company settlement with BP on behalf of the Bay motto of “winning is the only option,” the for underpayment in connection with County, Florida Tourist Development eight-person, Houston-based firm has a track damages to a policyholder’s seven-story office Council in litigation over the 2010 oil spill in record of consistently winning high-stakes building incurred during Hurricane Ike in the Gulf of Mexico. The deal was reached matters, particularly in the realm of mass September 2008. Name partner and local apart from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, torts. The firm’s reputation as a nationally litigation star Marc Gravely consistently wins which is managing the claims on behalf of recognized leader in toxic tort matters was multimillion-dollar settlements on behalf of individuals and businesses affected by the further solidified on the heels of a highly businesses and private individuals in claims disaster. D. Neil Smith, C. Cary Patterson publicized $100 million jury verdict in 2009 denial, underpayment and bad faith cases. He and Harold Nix are all litigation stars who against BP regarding claims that BP Texas also handles construction, general contribute to the firm’s continuing success. City exposed more than 100 workers to toxic commercial and technology matters; chemicals. The firm has aggressively pursued including a $40 million settlement on behalf Susman Godfrey BP in host of other cases related to the 2010 of a recent national certified class action From New York to California to Texas, peers Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In total, attorneys consisting of small and large businesses consistently mention Susman Godfrey in have reportedly recovered more $500 million against VeriSign in connection with deceptive discussions regarding the nation’s top from BP. marketing of its digital encryption litigation boutiques. Based in Houston, the Tony Buzbee is one of Texas’s most well- certificates. firm employs some 89 attorneys and known trial lawyers, having represented maintains additional offices in Dallas, New clients ranging from the musician Jimmy York City, Los Angeles and Seattle. Although Buffett to ordinary workers and residents litigators do represent defendants in certain harmed by the negligence of others. He has matters, the firm is primarily known for its obtained a long list of multimillion-dollar aggressive plaintiffs’ practice, particularly its recoveries, regularly handling matters work in class-action matters involving involving personal injury, wrongful death, antitrust, securities, consumer protection and environmental pollution, intellectual product liability. In one example of a notable property, commercial matters, industrial win, the firm recovered more than $150 plant accidents and more. million in a nationwide antitrust class suit regarding allegations of price fixing for The Lanier Law Firm Vitamin B4. Attorneys also secured The Lanier Law Firm is a prominent, settlements of more than $150 million Houston-based law firm recognized stemming from securities class actions against throughout the nation for its work handing Fleming and Alcatel Corporations. In May litigation involving pharmaceuticals, 2011, the firm obtained a $23 million verdict asbestos, intellectual property, product in the Eastern District of Texas representing liability, maritime law, bad faith, insurance, the Spanish company Fractus in an IP case sports entertainment law, commercial against Samsung and other defendants who disputes and more. The firm, which employs were found liable for infringing patents more than 60 attorneys, maintains additional covering mobile phone antenna technology. offices in Los Angeles, New York and Palo The firm is currently serving as co-lead Alto and is particularly renowned for its counsel in a class action against Comcast on work in the personal injury arena. Firm behalf of cable subscribers in Philadelphia founder W. Mark Lanier is a nationally 158
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