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Sam Baxter is a Principal in the Marshall office of McKool Smith. Mr. Baxter is a former Texas State District Judge and District Attorney for Harrison County, Texas. Few people know the Eastern District of Texas – an important venue in intellectual property litigation – as well as he does. Mr. Baxter’s unique ability to connect with jurors and skillfully cross-examine witnesses has helped him secure hundreds of millions of dollars for clients. Four of these victories have been recognized in The National Law Journal’s annual listing of the “Top 100 Verdicts.” Most recently, Mr. Baxter served as lead counsel in securing a $131.4 million jury verdict on behalf of Red Lion Medical Safety, Inc. and 16 other plaintiffs against General Electric Company (“GE”) in a jury trial concerning allegations that GE engaged in anticompetitive conduct in the servicing of anesthesia machines.
Mr. Baxter is consistently recognized among the top lawyers in his field by many of the country’s leading legal publications and rankings, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500, and Lawdragon, which recognized him as a 2016 “Legend of the 500.” Mr. Baxter was profiled in Law360’s “Trial Aces” special feature, which recognized the Top 50 trial lawyers in the United States. Law360 noted that Mr. Baxter has a “charm” and an “ability to touch the hearts of jurors.” He was also awarded 2015 “Outstanding IP Litigator – Texas” by Managing IP, and included in Benchmark Litigation’s listing of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America.” Law360 has recognized Mr. Baxter as one of the “10 Most Admired Intellectual Property Attorneys” and an “Icon of IP.” He also received the Texas Lawyer “Lifetime Achievement Award” for Professional Excellence in September 2016.
Mr. Baxter’s professional activities include the American College of Trial Lawyers, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and East Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
Key Practice Areas:
- Business & Commercial
- Intellectual Property
Last Updated 12th September 2017