Benchmark Litigation Names Johnny Ward to Top Litigators List, Recognizes Wesley Hill as Future Star

LONGVIEW, Texas – Benchmark Litigation, a leading legal guide that recognizes the nation’s best law firms and attorneys, has recognized Ward, Smith & Hill founder Johnny Ward as a top Texas attorney in the 2019 edition for his intellectual property trial expertise. The guide named Mr. Ward a Local Litigation Star.

The publication also selected name partner Wesley Hill as a Future Star for his accomplishments in energy and natural resources litigation as well as his intellectual property work.

Benchmark Litigation highlights the nation’s top firms and attorneys through an extensive interview process with trial lawyers and their clients, an examination of casework and feedback from peers.

Among the state’s top intellectual property litigators, Mr. Ward has a track record of winning big jury verdicts in some of the highest-stakes patent trials. Recent successes include a $502.6 million patent infringement win against tech giant Apple Inc. on behalf of VirnetX for infringing on four patents used for VPN on Demand and Facetime in Apple products.

Earlier this year, Mr. Ward and Mr. Hill were named to the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers list, with Mr. Ward earning selection to the Top 100 lawyers in Texas and in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Additionally, The Best Lawyers in America 2019 edition recognized Mr. Ward and Mr. Hill for their intellectual property practices.

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