James Boone Baxter
James Boone Baxter is an experienced litigator with a focus on intellectual property disputes in district courts and before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). His background in engineering and his business experience before becoming a lawyer provide him with keen insight in highly technical issues and an appreciation for business-oriented solutions for clients. Mr.Baxter’s experience includes litigation related to electronics, software, pharmaceuticals, oilfield technology and semiconductor processing. In addition to patent litigation, Mr. Baxter represents clients in litigation against pharmaceutical companies engaging in anti-competitive behavior related to controversial reverse payments to generic suppliers. He is part of a Heim, Payne & Chorush team that has successfully represented numerous clients in antitrust litigation targeting pharmaceutical companies for stifling competition by preventing or delaying others from entering the market.
Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Baxter had a career as an engineer for a global oilfield services company where he worked directly with large international energy clients. In that capacity, he was involved in operating and designing patented technology, an experience that provides valuable business perspective and technical expertise for his litigation practice. In addition to his law degree, he holds a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering and master’s degrees in materials engineering and management.
Prior to joining Heim, Payne & Chorush, Mr. Baxter completed judicial clerkships for two U.S. District Courts in the IP-focused Eastern District of Texas. He served as law clerk for Judge Robert William Schroeder III and later served as law clerk and chief staff attorney for Chief Judge Leonard Davis, a position in which he managed all orders, including intellectual property, antitrust, FLSA, and criminal matters during a time when the Eastern District of Texas was the busiest and most important patent litigation venue in the nation.