HOUSTON, Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Houston-based intellectual property boutique Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC has again been named one of the country's "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America.
SMD was listed as "Tier 1" in Houston for IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, and Patent Law and in "Tier 3" of National law firms for these same three specialties. SMD was also listed in the second tier in Houston for Copyright Litigation.
This is the third time in as many years since its founding in February 2012 that Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC has been recognized by U.S. News – Best Law Firms.
"We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish in our first three years as a firm," said partner Mike Sutton. "We believe that the recognition by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers of our regional and national success validates our vision in creating our firm—that a focused group of highly-skilled and experienced IP attorneys can provide clients with exceptional legal representation from a small, focused platform that is completely dedicated to intellectual property law."
According to a U.S. News & World Report press release, "The 2015 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the US."
All four of the partners at SMD are listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
Regarding its rating system, U.S. News & World Report states: "Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity."
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. Chambers USA as ranked SMD as a top IP law firm in Texas, and SMD has been named as a 2013 Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies by Corporate Counsel magazine. Its lawyers have additional been recognized by Texas Super Lawyers, Top Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and Best Lawyers in America.
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