Global Patent Legal Guide Recognizes East Texas Law Firm Ward, Smith & Hill

LONGVIEW, Texas – The East Texas trial law firm Ward, Smith & Hill once again earned a place in IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2018, a unique legal guide that spotlights top patent firms and professionals around the globe.

The guide describes Ward, Smith & Hill as a “litigation specialist well-known and respected among those who make regular appearances in the Eastern District of Texas.”

The guide also notes: “Patent infringement has become a central plank of the boutique’s broad commercial disputes practice – it is a discipline in which founding partners Johnny Ward and Wesley Hill excel.”

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Mr. Ward is widely regarded as “one of the state’s most experienced orators.” Respected for his success as a trial lawyer, he is often recognized among the best litigators in Texas.

Mr. Hill is included in the legal guide for the first time, earning his debut “on the back of his peers’ praise.” The guide says that “‘outstanding’ and ‘exceptional’ are commonly-used superlatives when describing Hill, who is board certified in civil trial law and who has litigated more than 30 trials.”

Ward, Smith & Hill is known for high-stakes intellectual property trials. Recent firm successes include a $502.6 million patent infringement win against tech giant Apple Inc. for infringing on VirnetX’s four patents used for VPN on Demand and Facetime in Apple products.

 IAM Patent 1000 guide is distributed through intellectual property management magazine IAM (Intellectual Asset Management). Its annual list is compiled by following an extensive research process and interviewing 1,800 attorneys and in-house counsel to identify potential firms and individual honorees. Those selected have received positive feedback from peers and clients.

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