Texas Attorney Johnny Ward of Ward, Smith & Hill Earns Best Lawyers Honors

LONGVIEW, Texas – Accomplished attorney Johnny Ward of the East Texas law firm Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC, is being recognized as one of the nation’s top Intellectual property lawyers by earning selection to The Best Lawyers in America for 2016.

This is the first time that Mr. Ward has been chosen for the annual listing of leading U.S. lawyers. His selection was based on independent nominations and a review of his work by other attorneys who handle intellectual property cases. That review was then analyzed by Best Lawyers before Mr. Ward’s final selection.

“Intellectual property cases are a big focus for our firm, so it is an honor to be selected to Best Lawyers based on what other attorneys think about my work,” says Mr. Ward. “I’m proud to represent our clients in the Eastern District of Texas, which is one of the best venues in the country for patent cases.”

In addition to the recent Best Lawyers honor, Mr. Ward also is regularly recognized as one of the top attorneys in the state on the annual Texas Super Lawyers list.

Mr. Ward and Ward, Smith & Hill have compiled an impressive track record for clients in intellectual property cases, including helping three different clients win substantial patent infringement verdicts in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas this year alone.

In February, Mr. Ward and firm attorneys Wesley Hill, Claire Abernathy Henry, and T. John Ward helped Tyler, Texas-based Smartflash LLC win a sizeable patent infringement verdict against Apple Inc. In June, Mr. Ward and Ms. Henry helped client DataQuill Ltd. score a significant verdict against China-based ZTE Corp. in a dispute over mobile phone technology. Less than a month later, Mr. Hill helped the surviving family members of Dallas inventor Charles Freeny Jr. secure a multimillion-dollar infringement verdict against Arkansas-based Murphy USA Inc.

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.