Joseph F. Cleveland, Jr.
Joseph F. Cleveland, Jr. is a partner in Brackett & Ellis, P.C. located in Fort Worth, Texas. He has practiced in the area of commercial and intellectual property litigation for over 20 years. He is board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Cleveland was instrumental in drafting the proposed legislation, preparing the bill analysis and testifying before Senate and House Committees of the 83rd and the 85th Texas Legislatures in support of the adoption of the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act and amendments thereto. As Chair of the Trade Secrets Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Mr. Cleveland helped draft the Texas Pattern Jury Charges for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets published in the Texas Pattern Jury Charges, which is used by state and federal courts throughout Texas. In the preface to the 2016 edition of the Texas Pattern Jury Charges, Justice Brett Busby, Chair of the Committee on Pattern Jury Charges, noted that “the Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee was indebted to the Trade Secrets Committee for its work on the pattern jury charges for trade-secret misappropriation. Under the leadership of Joseph F. Cleveland, Jr., the Trade Secrets Committee reviewed and provided significant feedback on the committee’s jury charges on misappropriation of trade secrets. The Trade Secrets Committee’s input was invaluable and helpful to ensure the accuracy of those questions and instructions.” In 2018, Mr. Cleveland received the Chair’s Award for outstanding service to the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Mr. Cleveland is fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a fellow of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation and serves as its chair. Mr. Cleveland has been named a Texas Super Lawyer since 2005 and recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation since 2011. In 2019, Mr. Cleveland was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals.