Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its rankings of law firms and lawyers, again rating Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC as a top IP firm in Texas. Chambers USA also rated each of the firm's name principals—Mike Sutton, Bob McAughan, and Al Deaver—as top practitioners in IP law.
In this most recent publication, Chambers USA described Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC as an "IP boutique devoted to patent and trademark litigation, prosecution and rights strategy." Sources interviewed by Chambers USA commented about the firm: "Everyone is extremely knowledgeable about IP issues and how the US Patent Office works. They love to win." One source commented about SMD: "They have always exceeded our expectations—I certainly recommend them to anyone."
Chambers USA also highlighted the high regard in which SMD's clients and the legal community hold each of the firm's named principals. Sources interviewed by Chambers USA described Mike Sutton as an "outstanding trial lawyer." As a result of its extensive research, Chambers USA reported that Bob McAughan"is much lauded for his abilities as a patent litigator and authority on IP law." Managing principal Al Deaverwas recognized by sources for his ability to "explain complex technical issues clearly to the court."
Since 1999, Chambers has been identifying the leading lawyers and law firms in the United States through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. Chambers' research for its 2015 rankings was in-depth, client-focused, and based on independence and objectivity. Firms and individuals must be recommended to merit inclusion. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.
"We are very pleased that Chambers USA has again recognized our firm for the quality of legal representation we provide our clients," said SMD principal Jeff Andrews.