East Texas Law Firm Ward, Smith & Hill Earns 2022 Best Law Firms Honors

LONGVIEW, Texas – Trial law firm Ward, Smith & Hill has earned recognition as a leading intellectual property and patent litigation firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in America, making the 2022 Best Law Firms listing. 

The firm received top honors in the Tyler metro area for expertise in intellectual property and patent litigation with additional recognition for the firm’s work representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury litigation. 

Best Law Firms develops its list based on input from client and attorney evaluations, peer review, and editorial staff review. Eligibility requires at least one attorney to be included in the 2022 issue of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest peer-review legal guide in the nation. Seven Ward, Smith & Hill lawyers made the 2022 listing for their intellectual property, patent and personal injury litigation work.  

Firm founder Johnny Ward earned recognition for his work in intellectual property litigation, an honor he has received since 2016. Name partner Wesley Hill and Of Counsel T. John Ward earned the same recognition, with Mr. Hill also recognized for his patent law work.  

Name partner Bruce A. Smith was honored for his personal injury litigation on both the plaintiff and defense sides.  

Partner Charles “Chad” Everingham IV was recognized for his intellectual property and patent litigation work, and partner Claire Abernathy Henry also was recognized for patent litigation.  

Partner Andrea L. Fair made the Best Lawyers: “Ones to Watch” list for the second year for intellectual property litigation, which recognizes midcareer attorneys practicing for five to nine years. 

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 https://www.wsfirm.com.