Linda Addison is Immediate Past Managing Partner of the United States practice and Immediate Past Chair of the US Management Committee.
An exceptional legal strategist and negotiator, she is skilled at resolving disputes and advising clients on how to avoid the courtroom; but when a dispute must be resolved at the courthouse, her peers acknowledge her as the lawyer to handle a "bet-the-company" case.
Linda was profiled in the stories, "Able to Defy Long Odds" and "Tough as Nails."
Linda has more than three decades of experience trying cases in US federal and state courts and before arbitration panels. She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and has tried more than 50 cases to judgment as lead counsel. Linda has tried cases involving patent and trademark infringement, trade secrets, breach of contract, business torts, partnership and joint venture disputes, international disputes, securities, common law and statutory fraud, banking disputes, bankruptcy, and debtor/creditor disputes. She also has first-chaired Markman hearings.
Linda is also an experienced arbitrator and has presided over and represented parties in arbitration proceedings. She is a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and the AAA's Large, Complex Case Panel of Arbitrators. She has presided over domestic as well as international arbitrations. Linda is also a member of the World International Patent Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center's Domain Name Panel. She has argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, as well as the appellate courts of Texas, including the Texas Supreme Court, where two cases she won made new law.
Linda advises General Counsel, CEOs, and corporate boards on matters involving litigation, corporate governance and ethics. In the boardroom and the courtroom, her philosophy of early evaluation of risks and corporate exposure consistently produces cost-effective resolution of disputes.
Linda is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Federal Circuit, in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas, in the States of Texas and New York, and in Washington, D.C. In addition, she handles cases throughout the United States by pro hac vice admission.