Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its ranking of law firms and lawyers, and again rated 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 2016 publication, Chambers USA described Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC: "Highly reputable boutique with an enviable track record on the full range of IP matters. Vastly experience lawyers handle litigation, licensing and patent filings amount a host of other matters for clients active in sectors including energy, medical devices and electronics."
Chambers USA also emphasized the reputations held by clients and the legal community by the name principals of SMD, stating that "Mike Sutton is described by his peers as an 'effective' and 'very charismatic litigator.'"
About Bob McAughan, Chambers USA noted that he "impresses clients, who report him to be 'very smart, very practical, and efficient.' He earns 'well-deserved recognition' on the back of a practice that sees him engaged in everything from trade secrets and trade dress disputes to general counseling and patent matters."
Chambers USA provided a particularly notable quote from one of its sources about Al Deaver: "What Al Deaver brings is the ability to grasp complicated issues and translate them into a form that the jury can understand."
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 2016 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.
Principal Jeff Andrews commented about the new rankings: "We are pleased that Chambers USA has continued to recognize the strength of our firm, now in its fourth year. The recognition provided by Chambers USA, along with the feedback from our clients and recognition by our peers, demonstrates the success of our model. We formed our firm with the belief that highly skilled and experienced IP attorneys can provide clients with more efficient and effective representation from a smaller platform that is focused exclusively on intellectual property law."