Four Ward, Smith & Hill Attorneys Honored on 2018 Texas Super Lawyers List

LONGVIEW, Texas – Four attorneys with East Texas trial law firm Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC, have earned spots on the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers list recognizing the state’s top lawyers.

Firm founder Johnny Ward earned selection to the lists of the Top 100 lawyers in Texas and in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Among the state’s top intellectual property litigation attorneys, he has a track record of winning big jury verdicts in some of the highest-stakes patent litigation trials.  He has been selected to Super Lawyers list every year since 2003.

Name partners Wesley Hill and Bruce A. Smith as well as of counsel and former federal Judge T. John Ward also are featured in the 2018 edition of the peer-review legal guide. Judge Ward has been selected to the list each year since retiring from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in 2011.

Both he and Mr. Hill earned recognition for their intellectual property litigation work. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hill earned repeat honors on the Texas Rising Stars list of the state’s top young attorneys. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Smith was selected by Super Lawyers for his expertise in personal injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. He has tried more than 60 cases to verdict and is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.

The Texas Super Lawyers list recognizes the state’s top attorneys based on more than 70,000 peer nominations and extensive editorial research. No more than 5 percent of Texas lawyers are selected each year.

Known for high-stakes intellectual property trials, Ward, Smith & Hill’s recent successes include a $502.6 million patent infringement win against tech giant Apple Inc. on behalf of VirnetX. The firm recently earned a spot in IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2018. The global guide described Ward, Smith & Hill as a “litigation specialist well-known and respected among those who make regular appearances in the Eastern District of Texas.”

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.