Ward, Smith & Hill Law Firm Founder Named to Top Litigators List

LONGVIEW, Texas – The publishers of Benchmark Litigation have recognized Ward, Smith & Hill founder Johnny Ward as a top Texas attorney in the publication’s 2018 edition highlighting the nation’s best firms and lawyers, singling him out as a “Local Litigation Star 2018” for his intellectual property work.

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The publication also included name partner Wesley Hill as a “Future Star” for his work in the practice areas of energy and natural resources, as well as intellectual property litigation.

Benchmark Litigation is a leading legal guide that ranks the nation’s top firms and attorneys. The list is compiled after an extensive interview process with trial lawyers and their clients, an examination of casework and feedback from peers.

The Benchmark Litigation recognition is the latest honor for the East Texas attorney, who is widely known for his expertise in the courtroom. Earlier this year, Verdict Search and The National Law Journal featured Mr. Ward’s 2016 verdict on behalf of VirnetX Holding Corp. in the nation’s Top 100 verdicts. The $302 million infringement verdict against technology giant Apple was recognized as last year’s fourth-largest intellectual property verdict and ninth-largest verdict overall in the U.S.

Mr. Ward’s reputation as a successful trial attorney frequently lands him alongside some of the best litigators in Texas. Texas Super Lawyers included him on its prestigious list for 2017, a spot Mr. Ward has earned every year since 2003, and this year recognized him among the Top 100 attorneys in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Mr. Ward is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Longview, Texas-based Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC, has tried more than 350 cases to verdict, earning a national reputation in high-stakes claims involving complex commercial litigation, intellectual property law, oil and gas matters, bad faith insurance claims, and serious personal injury claims. The firm frequently assists lawyers nationwide in complex cases before Texas juries. To learn more about the firm, visit http://www.wsfirm.com.