Dallas Attorney Mike McKool Named to Federal Patent Advisory Board

May 21, 2008, 01:00 ET from McKool Smith

    DALLAS, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney Mike McKool, founder of the
 national law firm of McKool Smith, has been named as a member of the
 Advisory Board for the "Patent Case Management Judicial Guide." The Guide
 is a project of the Federal Judicial Center, a research and education
 agency established by Congress in 1967 to promote improvements in judicial
 administration for all federal courts in the United States.
 
     Mr. McKool joins a select group of distinguished federal judges,
 practicing attorneys and academicians on the board, which will refine the
 specific case management recommendations for a publication scheduled for
 early 2009. The "Patent Case Management Judicial Guide" is intended to
 provide judges, federal prosecutors and outside legal counsel with
 recommendations and details on the distinctive procedures and practices of
 patent cases.
 
     Mr. McKool notes that judges in some districts have partially codified
 their guidelines in the form of local rules, standing orders and jury
 instructions but there may be inconsistencies in these practices.
 Additionally, patent litigation often involves sophisticated technology,
 difficult discovery issues, extensive use of experts and other factors that
 increase the challenges of patent case management.
 
     "The number and complexity of patent cases continues to grow across the
 country, but much of the experience in managing this litigation is isolated
 in a small number of federal jurisdictions," says Mr. McKool. "I'm honored
 to be a part of this board and this project."
 
     During his legal career of more than 30 years, Mr. McKool has built a
 reputation for rigorous trial preparation and superlative trial skills. He
 is consistently listed in the Best Lawyers in America, and has been
 recognized as one of D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas" four different
 times. Last year, local attorneys and judges named him as one of the top 15
 business litigation attorneys in North Texas, and Texas Lawyer newspaper
 named him as one of only five "Go-To" civil litigation attorneys in the
 state.
 
 
Other practicing attorneys joining Mr. McKool on the advisory board are: -- Kenneth R. Adamo of Jones Day, Cleveland -- Morgan Chu of Irell & Manella, Los Angeles -- John M. Desmarais of Kirkland & Ellis, New York -- William F. Lee of WilmerHale, Boston -- Mark Lemley of Keker & Van Nest, San Francisco -- Roderick McKelvie of Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C. -- George Pappas of Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C. Judicial advisors on the board are scheduled to include federal court judges from California, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, Delaware, Illinois and New York. McKool Smith has more than 90 attorneys in Dallas, Austin, Marshall, New York and Washington, D.C., handling commercial and intellectual property litigation for national and international clients. The firm is recognized as one of the premier litigation law firms in the United States, having earned significant courtroom victories for clients such as American Airlines, BearingPoint, Ericsson, Electronic Data Systems, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic Inc., and Sony Ericsson. For more information, please contact Bruce Vincent at 800.559.4534 or bruce@androvett.com.

SOURCE McKool Smith
    DALLAS, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney Mike McKool, founder of the
 national law firm of McKool Smith, has been named as a member of the
 Advisory Board for the "Patent Case Management Judicial Guide." The Guide
 is a project of the Federal Judicial Center, a research and education
 agency established by Congress in 1967 to promote improvements in judicial
 administration for all federal courts in the United States.
 
     Mr. McKool joins a select group of distinguished federal judges,
 practicing attorneys and academicians on the board, which will refine the
 specific case management recommendations for a publication scheduled for
 early 2009. The "Patent Case Management Judicial Guide" is intended to
 provide judges, federal prosecutors and outside legal counsel with
 recommendations and details on the distinctive procedures and practices of
 patent cases.
 
     Mr. McKool notes that judges in some districts have partially codified
 their guidelines in the form of local rules, standing orders and jury
 instructions but there may be inconsistencies in these practices.
 Additionally, patent litigation often involves sophisticated technology,
 difficult discovery issues, extensive use of experts and other factors that
 increase the challenges of patent case management.
 
     "The number and complexity of patent cases continues to grow across the
 country, but much of the experience in managing this litigation is isolated
 in a small number of federal jurisdictions," says Mr. McKool. "I'm honored
 to be a part of this board and this project."
 
     During his legal career of more than 30 years, Mr. McKool has built a
 reputation for rigorous trial preparation and superlative trial skills. He
 is consistently listed in the Best Lawyers in America, and has been
 recognized as one of D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas" four different
 times. Last year, local attorneys and judges named him as one of the top 15
 business litigation attorneys in North Texas, and Texas Lawyer newspaper
 named him as one of only five "Go-To" civil litigation attorneys in the
 state.
 
 
Other practicing attorneys joining Mr. McKool on the advisory board are: -- Kenneth R. Adamo of Jones Day, Cleveland -- Morgan Chu of Irell & Manella, Los Angeles -- John M. Desmarais of Kirkland & Ellis, New York -- William F. Lee of WilmerHale, Boston -- Mark Lemley of Keker & Van Nest, San Francisco -- Roderick McKelvie of Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C. -- George Pappas of Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C. Judicial advisors on the board are scheduled to include federal court judges from California, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, Delaware, Illinois and New York. McKool Smith has more than 90 attorneys in Dallas, Austin, Marshall, New York and Washington, D.C., handling commercial and intellectual property litigation for national and international clients. The firm is recognized as one of the premier litigation law firms in the United States, having earned significant courtroom victories for clients such as American Airlines, BearingPoint, Ericsson, Electronic Data Systems, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic Inc., and Sony Ericsson. For more information, please contact Bruce Vincent at 800.559.4534 or bruce@androvett.com. SOURCE McKool Smith