Ward & Smith Attorneys Named to 2013 Texas Super Lawyers List

LONGVIEW, Texas – Three attorneys from Longview, Texas-based Ward & Smith have been named to the exclusive 2013 Texas Super Lawyers list in recognition of their civil litigation work for clients.

 Ward & Smith founders T. John “Johnny” Ward Jr. and Bruce Smith earned spots on the annual list based on their work in intellectual property litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury law, respectively. Mr. Ward has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list since it debuted in 2003. Mr. Smith earned his fourth selection in this year’s edition.

 Firm attorney and former federal judge T. John Ward also earned selection to the 2013 edition of Texas Super Lawyers based on his work in intellectual property matters. He has been selected to the list each year since retiring from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in 2011.

 The Texas Super Lawyers list recognizes the state’s top attorneys based on more than 70,000 peer nominations and extensive research by the publication. Selections are limited to the top 5 percent of all lawyers statewide.

 “East Texas is home to some of the top attorneys in the state, and we are proud to be included in the Texas Super Lawyers list,” says Mr. Ward Jr. “To be honored by your peers in the once-a-year list is truly special.”

 In March, Ward & Smith attorneys Claire Abernathy Henry and Wesley Hill earned selection to the 2013 Texas Rising Stars listing of the top young attorneys in the state.

 Earlier this year, Ward & Smith successfully defended an Arkansas-based tortilla chip manufacturer against claims of trademark infringement, patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation filed by Plano, Texas-based Frito-Lay North America Inc. The firm also was named a Fortune 500 “Go-To” Intellectual Property Law Firm in 2013.

 Longview, Texas-based Ward & Smith 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, and serious personal injury claims. Ward & Smith frequently assists lawyers nationwide in complex cases before Texas juries.