- Rice University (B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 1994)
- Yale Law School (J.D., 1997)
I am a trial lawyer who has handled cases in every corner of the country – from San Francisco to San Juan. I combine a passion for getting on my feet before judges and juries with the work ethic necessary to master the facts and the law before “showtime.”
Much of my practice focuses on high-tech litigation. I have extensive experience handling patent, trade secret, and tech-related antitrust cases, and I have had the privilege of representing clients in some of the nation’s highest profile intellectual-property disputes – from battles over self-driving cars to mediaprocessors to broadband satellites. Whether high-tech or not, however, I have litigated a broad range of high-stake cases:
Sketch of me at the Waymo v. Uber trial by courtroom artist Vicki Behringer.
My strong academic background has armed me to handle such a diverse caseload. I graduated from Rice University in 1994 with three majors, conferred summa cum laude. I then received my law degree from Yale Law School, where I was Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal and I won the school’s mock trial competition. After law school, I clerked on the Fifth Circuit for the Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham.
I’m fortunate to have received the kind of accolades that come with a high-profile law practice. I have been named “Litigator of the Week” by The Texas Lawyer (Sept. 2013) and a “Super Lawyer” (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019) and “Rising Star” (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011) by Thomson Reuters/Texas Monthly. I have been named one of Lawdragon’s Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers since 2019, and IAM 1000 deemed me one of the “World’s Leading Patent Professionals” in 2017 and 2020. Benchmark Litigation Report (published by Legal Media Group) recognized me in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017 as a “future star” in Texas. It also labeled me a “future star” in 2010, and commented that I was viewed as a “prominent complex commercial litigator.” Likewise, in 2009 it noted that I had “receive[d] praise for an array of intellectual property matters.” H Texas Magazine (published by Bayou City Publishing LL) named me a “Top Lawyer” in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013; a “Top Lawyer for the People” in 2009, and a “Professional on the Fast Track” in 2004 and 2005. I was recognized in the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists (published by Law Business Research Ltd) in 2014, and I also was named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020 (published by Euromoney Legal Media Group). And, perhaps most impressive of all, I am responsible for one of the “Nine Most Ridiculous Moments” from the high-profile Waymo v. Uber trial.
When not practicing law, I have volunteered regularly at Rice University, where I served as Chair of the Rice Annual Fund, co-chair of Rice’s Centennial Gala, the alumni representative on the University Committee on Teaching, and co-chair for my class’s 25th Reunion. I am also an amateur – i.e., unsuccessful – screenwriter. Nevertheless, I have won recognition in numerous screenplay competitions, including the Atlanta Film Festival, the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival, the Georgia Shorts Film Festival, the Harlem International Film Festival, the Houston Comedy Film Festival, the Marfa International Film Festival, the New York Screenplay Contest, and the WorldFest-Houston International Film and Video Festival.