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Lewis T. LeClair

McKool Smith

Dallas, TX, USA


Lew LeClair has been a trial lawyer for more than 35 years with a focus on commercial and intellectual property litigation on both the plaintiff and defense side. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Lew has been recognized by a number of organizations during his career, including Chambers USA, a global organization that evaluates lawyers for business, which ranked him in commercial litigation for 2006, describing him as "exceptionally talented and experienced." Other notable recognition includes a listing in LawDragon’s national 2006 listing for "500 Leading Plaintiffs  awyers" and special recognition in the 2006 Dallas Business Journal listing of 15 leading business defense lawyers.

Representative Matters
  • Enron Creditors Committee and Enron Creditors Recovery Corporation. Served as lead litigation counsel for the Creditors Committee in Official Committee of Unsecured Committee v. Fastow, et. al., and in multi-district proceedings in Houston involving claims arising from the Enron Corp. bankruptcy. This litigation, one of the largest, if not the largest in American judicial history, involved massive discovery and multiple claims and parties. Successfully resolved numerous claims and suits brought on behalf of the bankruptcy estate against various defendants connected with the financial collapse of Enron.
  • Options Backdating Litigation -Serving as lead counsel for certain officers and directors defendants in connection with several pending cases alleging that options of a public company were improperly backdated.
  • Parrish, et. al. v. NFL Players, Inc. Serving as co-lead counsel in nationwide class action relating to sharing of licensing income with retired professional football players.
  • Securities Litigation - Lew has served as counsel in a significant number of securites cases, including merger and acquisition, Ponzi scheme, and failed investment cases. He has also tried two matters in the Delaware Chancery Court and resolved numerous other matters in that court.

EDUCATION
J.D., University of Texas School of Law, with high honors, 1976.
   Law Review, Chancellors, Teaching Quiz Master
B.B.A., Accounting, with honors, University of Texas at Austin, 1973


COURT ADMISSION
State of Texas
State of California
The U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
The U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


BAR ASSOCIATION
Texas Bar Foundation
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