Chief Judge Priscilla Owen joined the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 2005 after serving on the Supreme Court of Texas for more than ten years. Born in Matagorda County, Texas, she attended primary and secondary schools in Waco, Texas.
Judge Rodney Gilstrap was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas and was confirmed in 2011. He assumed the position of Chief Judge in 2018.
Michael Truncale was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 14, 2019, and appointed by President Donald J. Trump on May 16, 2019. As a nominee, he received the unanimous well-qualified rating by the American Bar Association.
Jeremy Kernodle is a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler. Before taking the bench, Judge Kernodle was a partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Dallas, where he practiced complex commercial litigation and appeals.
Judge Thad Heartfield was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. After graduating from St. Mary’s School of Law in 1965, he began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.
The Honorable W. Royal Furgeson, Jr., United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, was named as the founding Dean of the UNT Dallas College of Law in January 2012. He assumed his position as Dean in mid-year 2013, after retiring from the federal district bench.
Caroline M. Craven has served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division, since May 1998. She served as law clerk for United States District Judge David Folsom.
Circuit Judge, Raymond T. Chen was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack H. Obama in 2013, confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2013 and assumed his office on August 5, 2013.
Judge Mitchell was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge on August 16, 2013. In her time on the bench and while working with Chief Judge Davis, Judge Mitchell has overseen numerous patent and general civil litigation cases. She also mediates cases pending in the Eastern District of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Joshua P. Searcy is a 2005 graduate from the Baylor University School of Law. In March, 2021, he was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Texas overseeing the Tyler, Marshall, Lufkin, and Beaumont divisions.
James C. Ho is a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before his appointment on January 4, 2018, he was co-chair of the national Appellate and Constitutional Law practice group of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Anna Rebecca “Becca” Skupin is an Associate in Scheef & Stone’s Litigation section and represents clients before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas, as well as Texas state courts in Grayson and Collin Counties and the surrounding areas.
Tom Irving has some 45 years of experience in intellectual property law. His U.S. pharma practice includes America Invents Act (AIA) post-grant proceedings, due diligence, counseling, patent prosecution, reissue, and reexamination.
Andrea Fair joined Ward, Smith & Hill in 2016 after practicing complex commercial litigation in Houston for five years, where her practice focused on patent infringement, construction disputes, and insurance coverage and defense work.
Danielle Williams is a litigation partner in Winston's Charlotte office. She has extensive experience in handling high-risk, multi-patent, multi-product, and multi-defendant cases in a broad range of technologies, in federal courts across the country.
David Leonardi, M.D., is a world authority in Vitality and Longevity Medicine. A graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine, he completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at an affiliate hospital of UC, San Francisco.
Deron Dacus is a trial lawyer and a native East Texan. His legal practice is focused primarily on business, commercial, and patent litigation. He also has experience in catastrophic personal injury cases.
Mr. Findlay has been practicing law and helping people for more than 25 years. He began his practice as a trial lawyer, focusing much of his energy on personal injury cases, and was Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Indy has represented a “who’s-who” of the world’s leading companies from North America, Asia, and Europe against competitors, non-practicing entities (NPEs), and patent assertion entities (PAEs) alike.
Travis is an associate attorney at Gillam & Smith with experience beyond his years. Before joining the firm in 2021, Travis was an associate at Winston & Strawn LLP in Dallas, where he litigated complex commercial disputes, patent cases, trade secrets and unfair competition cases, False Claims Act cases, employment disputes, products liability cases, and class actions.
James “Tripp” Fussell is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office. He is a member of our Intellectual Property practice where he focuses on litigating complex patent cases in federal courts throughout the country involving a wide variety of technologies.
Co-Director, Baylor Law Executive LL.M in Litigation Management | Leon Jaworski Chair of Practice and Procedure
Professionally, Jim Wren is a trial lawyer first and foremost. Before becoming a law professor, he was designated each year as a Texas Super Lawyer in business litigation, former national president of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and board certified nationally and in Texas in multiple trial specializations.
Joe Mueller is a first-chair trial lawyer who has worked on dozens of trials in courts across the country. Many of his cases involve intellectual property disputes, and he has led trial teams in high-stakes trials for some of the world’s top technology companies.
Kathi Vidal is one of the leading IP litigators and Federal Circuit strategists in the country. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in U.S. district courts, the International Trade Commission, and at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Lisa Blue has been named one of the top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, one of the top 50 Women Litigators in the U.S. by National Law Journal, and received numerous other state and national recognitions for her legal expertise.
Rose has over 30 years of intellectual property law experience. More specifically, she has experience in patent preparation, patent prosecution, patent licensing, patent litigation, commercial litigation, general legal transactions and support, and patent-related counseling.
Tom Melsheimer tries lawsuits in state and federal courts, emphasizing intellectual property, business torts, and False Claims Act (FCA) litigation. His trial experience is unusually broad and extensive.
Travis E. DeArman is a trial lawyer and Principal in McKool Smith's Dallas office. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration and intellectual property litigation, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation.
Natalie Bennett is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on high-stakes patent infringement, breach of contract, and trade secret disputes. She has tried IP disputes in district courts before a jury, at the International Trade Commission, and before Arbitration panels.
Assistant United States Attorney Eastern District of Texas
Ryan Locker is a federal prosecutor and the Deputy Criminal Chief for National Security and Cybercrime for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas. Mr. Locker first became an Assistant United States Attorney with the Eastern District of Texas in 2012.
Attorney, Rafael De La Garza is a Board-Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has handled over 500 federal cases, including more than 25 federal jury trials and over 250 state jury trials.
Jeff Bragalone is a founder of Bragalone Olejko Saad in Dallas, Texas. Bragalone Olejko Saad PC has a nationwide complex commercial litigation practice, with an emphasis on patent and intellectual property litigation matters, technology related cases, and cases brought under the False Claims Act.
Jeannie Heffernan is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried and won more than a dozen cases in federal district courts across the country and at the International Trade Commission, with victories affirmed at the Federal Circuit.
Board certified in civil trial law, Wesley Hill balances a successful practice in intellectual property and business litigation. With more than 30 trials to his credit, including over 20 patent cases, Mr. Hill brings broad courtroom experience to every case he handles.
Rocky Schwartz has more than 40 years of legal experience on both sides of the docket pertaining to patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret disputes. A Fort Worth native, he is an IP attorney who focuses mainly on federal work.
Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Richard Murray manages the FBI Dallas Cyber Task Force (CTF), a multi-disciplinary team of Special Agents, Analysts, Computer Scientists, Task Force Officers, and Forensic Accountant.
Partner, Jackson Walker’s Litigation practice group
David Folsom is a partner in Jackson Walker’s Litigation practice group, and he leads the firm’s Texarkana office. As former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, David brings his experience and insight to cases both in and out of the Eastern District.
Born in the Land of Oz (Kansas), and raised on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi like Huckleberry Finn, and in the shadows of the Gateway Arch (St. Louis, Missouri), Alan headed west to Texas more than 30 years ago.