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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

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      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
                                                           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
                                                           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

      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

      Harry Susman
      Susman Godfrey

      Stephen Susman
      Susman Godfrey


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

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      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


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