About Us

Trial Lawyers, Strategic Counselors

Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC is a team of experienced and dedicated lawyers practicing exclusively in intellectual property litigation, client counseling, and transactional representation. We believe that highly-skilled and experienced IP attorneys can provide clients with more efficient and effective legal representation from a smaller platform that is focused exclusively on intellectual property law.


Everyone is extremely knowledgeable about IP issues and how the US Patent Office works. They love to win.
— Chambers USA

The heritage of SMD reaches back to the iconic IP boutique of Arnold White & Durkee, PC, where all three name Principals were shareholders. Since then, Mike Sutton, Bob McAughan, and Al Deaver have practiced law—together and apart—at large AmLaw 100 firms. But as the practice of law continues to evolve, they have become convinced that the most effective way to provide the highest quality IP representation is through a firm that specializes in intellectual property law and has the flexibility to customize legal services and fee arrangements to the individualized needs of its clients.


They have always exceeded our expectations . . . I certainly recommend them to anyone.
— Chambers USA

The lawyers and staff of SMD have over a century of combined experience in all areas of intellectual property law, covering a wide range of technologies, including neural networks and industrial process control; board-level digital power management; oil & gas exploration, drilling, and production technologies; architectural copyrights; medical devices and compounds; global positioning systems; consumer electronics; children's products; consumer products; signature authentication; and lighting. The range and depth of our experience are exemplified by our attorneys' representative cases.

From the courtroom to the boardroom, SMD is equipped and dedicated to providing the most efficient and effective intellectual property representation possible.

The Sutton McAughan Deaver law firm is very knowledgeable, efficient with time, and results oriented.
— U.S. News & Best Lawyers