HOUSTON, May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its rankings of law firms and lawyers, again rating Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC as a top IP firm in Texas. Chambers USA also rated each of the firm's name partners—Mike Sutton, Bob McAughan, and Al Deaver—as top practitioners in IP law.
Chambers USA described Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC as a "specialist litigation firm concentrating on patent, trademark and trade secret disputes." Sources interviewed by Chambers USA described the firm as "a very talented group."
Chambers USA also highlighted the high regard in which each of the firm's named partners are held by clients and the legal community. Mike Sutton was described as a "very strategic thinker" and a "very effective trial lawyer." Sources commented that Bob McAughan is "very bright, hard-working and energetic" and a "super trial lawyer," and SMD managing partner Al Deaver was lauded for his "magnificent" work.
Since 1999, Chambers has been identifying the leading lawyers and law firms in the United States through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. Chambers' research for its 2014 rankings was in-depth, client-focused, and based on independence and objectivity. Firms and individuals must be recommended to merit inclusion. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.
"We are gratified that our clients and peers recognize the quality and personal attention our talented and dedicated group of lawyers and staff provide on every matter," said Al Deaver.
About Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC
Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC is a premier intellectual property boutique focusing exclusively on IP litigation and strategic counseling in a fee sensitive environment. SMD's five partners have more than 100 years of combined experience handling complex IP matters in the courts and in arbitration proceedings, as well as identifying and cultivating IP rights in a variety of industries and technologies. Having managed and practiced in the IP sections at leading AmLaw 100 firms, SMD's partners formed the firm because they were convinced that a smaller, more focused platform dedicated to IP law could provide more effective, more efficient, higher quality representation than available in a traditional law firm model. In addition to its rankings by Chambers USA, SMD has been named as a Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies by Corporate Counsel magazine. The firm has also been recognized nationally for IP litigation—and ranked Tier 1 in Houston for multiple practice areas—by U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms." Its lawyers have additional been recognized by Texas Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Top Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell.
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