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Aug 15, 2019

3 Cooper & Scully Lawyers Included in 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Cooper & Scully, is pleased to congratulate R. Brent Cooper, John Scully and Kevin Oncken, who have been recognized in the The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. Brent has been named in the fields of Insurance and Appellate Law, while John and Kevin have both been named in the field of Medical Malpractice Law for the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

Lawyers named to The Best Lawyers in America© publication were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 146 practice areas. For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in the inclusion of more than 62,000 lawyers, or approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice in the United States.

Brent Cooper has been named by Best Lawyers for the fifteenth consecutive year and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, insurance and appellate law. He has tried numerous cases covering areas of business litigation, construction litigation, catastrophic personal injuries, complex litigation, intellectual property, constitutional and business tort cases. In his 42 years of practice, he has been at the forefront of Texas law, particularly in the area of bad faith. Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Cooper has been appellate counsel of record in over 300 published court opinions and honored by the State Bar of Texas Insurance Section as a “True Texas Legend.” He has been recognized as a leading attorney in insurance law by Chambers USA for 2007-2018 and Texas Super Lawyers since it’s inception in 2003.

John Scully is a founding shareholder of Cooper & Scully.  John has been selected to Texas Super Lawyers® list of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas in 2018. He has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and has been selected to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas (2015-2019). John is AV Preeminent Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been featured in the Texas Super Lawyers® list by Thomson Reuters Legal from 2003-2018. John is Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. John is licensed in Texas, Montana, and Oklahoma, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.  He is routinely retained to try high-dollar exposure cases in the areas of business litigation, catastrophic injury and wrongful death and professional liability. Over the past 35 years, John has developed a diverse civil trial practice involving an array of industries, including health care, insurance, real estate, construction, oil and gas, financial and pharmaceuticals.

Kevin Oncken has been named by Best Lawyers since 2014 and has been in practice for 31 years.  He has tried to jury verdict, more than 100 cases across Texas. Kevin has often been asked to step into cases outside of Texas via Pro Hac Vice. While the majority of his practice has focused on the defense of medical negligence cases, Kevin has also successfully represented plaintiffs in non-malpractice injury cases as well as commercial cases.  At the pretrial stage, Kevin is known for meticulous preparation of his clients for deposition, conducting precision cross examinations of experts, and for thinking outside of the box with respect to ethically advancing his client’s interests.  He is a member of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys and is also a credentialed mediator with the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association.  In that regard, he has served as the neutral mediator in more than 75 cases involving serious injuries, toxic torts, products liability and commercial matters.

Best Lawyers was founded in 1981 with the purpose of recognizing extraordinary lawyers in private practice through an exhaustive peer-review process. Almost 40 years later, we are proud to continue to serve as the most reliable, unbiased guide to legal talent worldwide,” says Phil Greer, CEO of Best Lawyers.  The process begins when lawyers are nominated for consideration. They are divided by geographic region and practice area, and are evaluated by their peers on the basis of professional expertise. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo an additional verification process to make sure they are currently practicing and in good standing. Only then can these top lawyers be recognized by Best Lawyers.

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