Four Ward, Smith & Hill Attorneys Honored in 2020 Best Lawyers in America

LONGVIEW, Texas – Four attorneys with the intellectual property and business trial firm Ward, Smith & Hill have been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America guide for 2020.

Firm founder Johnny Ward earned recognition for his litigation work in intellectual property cases, an honor he has secured each year since 2016. Firm partner Wesley Hill and Of Counsel T. John Ward also won honors in that practice area. Firm partner Bruce A. Smith was recognized for his work in personal injury litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.

This year the firm also earned special recognition in the Top-Listed Awards for having more honorees on the Best Lawyers list than any other firm in Longview.

“Our firm appreciates the recognition from our peers,” said Mr. Ward. “We work hard every day to produce solutions for the clients we represent, and I’m honored that others recognize that hard work.”

 The Best Lawyers in America, the nation’s oldest peer-review legal guide, is compiled through a process of independent nominations. Prior nominees who handle similar cases vote on the nominations, and the editors make the final selections.

Ward, Smith & Hill is a widely respected firm known for high-stakes intellectual property trials, most recently serving as local counsel for the trial team that secured a $502.6 million win on behalf of VirnetX in its patent infringement case against tech giant Apple.

The firm has received several professional accolades, including a recent spot in the 2019 edition of the legal guide IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2019, which features top global patent firms.

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