DALLAS, March 25, 2013 -- McKool Smith, one of America’s leading trial firms, announced today that appellate attorney Daniel L. Geyser has joined the firm as a principal in its Dallas office.

Mr. Geyser has served as lead appellate counsel in more than 20 cases in both federal and state courts over the course of a decade. His experience covers a sweeping array of issues, including patent law, bankruptcy, securities law, class actions, arbitration, antitrust, ERISA, constitutional law, and white-collar and criminal-law issues.  Mr. Geyser has argued six times in the Texas Supreme Court (including four arguments in a single Term); multiple times each in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits; and three times in intermediate state appellate courts.  He has also represented parties in every capacity—petitioners, respondents, and amici curiae—at every major stage of litigation before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Geyser served for four years in the Office of the Solicitor General of Texas, where he conducted and supervised appellate litigation for the State of Texas.  In addition to handling his own docket, his experience in the office included advising other divisions on appellate and trial strategy, revising countless briefs in cases across all subject areas, and extensively preparing other attorneys (in moot courts and otherwise) for oral argument.

“Daniel’s many years of trial and appellate experience, including appearances before the Texas Supreme Court, will be invaluable to our clients and the firm,” explained Mike McKool, co-Founder and Chairman of McKool Smith. “We are pleased that he has decided to join the firm.”

“McKool Smith is home to many of our nation’s finest litigators,” said Mr. Geyser.  “The firm’s track record confirms its reputation as a legal powerhouse, and I believe my appellate and trial experience will be an ideal fit.”

An honors graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Geyser clerked for the Hon. Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a three-time winner of the National Association of Attorneys General’s Best Brief Award for excellence in brief-writing before the Supreme Court of the United States.

With more than 180 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. The firm has won more National Law Journal and VerdictSearch "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last five years than any other law firm. McKool Smith represents leading clients across a broad range of practice areas, including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense.