Best Lawyers Legal Guide Honors Seven from Ward, Smith & Hill

LONGVIEW, Texas – Trial law firm Ward, Smith & Hill is proud to announce that seven firm partners have been selected to the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers in America, including three attorneys who were named Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas in the Longview/Tyler region.

Partner Bruce Smith earned Lawyer of the Year honors for his expertise representing plaintiffs in personal injury disputes. Partner Wesley Hill received the Lawyer of the Year honors for his work in intellectual property litigation and was also recognized for his expertise in patent law. Partner Chad Everingham earned the Lawyer of the Year selection for his patent litigation practice and was also recognized for his intellectual property litigation expertise.

The 2023 edition marks the seventh straight year that firm founder Johnny Ward has been recognized for his expertise in intellectual property litigation. Of Counsel T. John Ward also earned recognition for intellectual property litigation, while partner Claire Abernathy Henry received Best Lawyers honors for her work in patent litigation.

Best Lawyers researchers included partner Andrea L. Fair among its “Ones to Watch” in intellectual property litigation for the third year in a row. That designation recognizes attorneys in practice five to nine years who exemplify outstanding professional excellence.

The oldest and one of the most highly respected peer review legal guides in the nation, Best Lawyers conducts a thorough selection process based on peer nominations and input from attorneys in the same practice areas and geographic regions. View a complete list of the 2023 Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch honorees here:

Known for high-stakes intellectual property trials, Ward, Smith & Hill serves as local counsel for legal teams in patent infringement litigation. The firm served on a team that secured a $41.8 million patent infringement victory for bio tech company Seagen Inc. The firm was also involved in the $502.8 million patent infringement win against Apple Inc. for infringing on VirnetX’s patents.

Longview, Texas-based Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC, has tried more than 350 cases to verdict, earning a national reputation in high-stakes disputes 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