Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
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Chris counsels clients on trademark, unfair competition, trade secret, copyright, and related intellectual property matters, with a focus on disputes and litigation. He has broad experience litigating in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the National Arbitration Forum, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. In addition, Chris works with several clients to manage, protect, and police their international trademark portfolios. In this role, Chris regularly evaluates watch notices, negotiates settlement and consent agreements, and coordinates multi-jurisdiction opposition, cancellation, and infringement proceedings. He also counsels clients on trademark searching, clearance, and prosecution.
Fluent in Spanish, Chris has assisted clients in litigation, investigations, and foreign proceedings as bilingual counsel, coordinating Spanish-language witness interviews, depositions, and document review, among other things. He regularly advises foreign clients in domestic proceedings and assists U.S. companies seeking to assert their rights abroad.
During his time with the firm, Chris has also assisted financial institutions and health‑service providers in responding to investigations by federal regulatory agencies and state attorneys general, served as lead counsel on discovery issues in multimillion dollar class action litigation, acted to protect client's rights in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, and litigated numerous commercial disputes involving claims such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and others.
JD, high honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 2009
BA, History, and American Studies, Wesleyan University, 2003
While in law school, Chris served as an Articles Editor for the Texas Law Review, and as the Society Coordinator for the Gus Hodges Society. He was also a member of the U.S. - Mexico Bar Association (UT Law Chapter) and the Order of the Coif.
Chris currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
- Texas State Bar
Successfully defended major retailer of health and wellness products against preliminary injunction seeking to remove products from shelves nationwide for alleged trademark infringement
Representing consumer beverage distributor as plaintiff against Mexican defendant in pending trademark infringement litigation
Representing Canadian multinational electronics manufacturing services company in pending trade secret and trademark litigation
Providing strategic counsel to holders of international trademark portfolios on issues such as clearance, protection, enforcement, of trademark and related IP rights
Recouped .MX ccTLD domain names from former distributor in disputed LDRP proceedings where all pleadings and evidence were submitted in Spanish
Assisted with jury trial and subsequent appeals on trade secret misappropriation claims in Texas state court
Counseled clients in numerous trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB
Assisted major national retailers to obtain early dismissal and favorable settlements of class action litigation involving consumer claims
Represented major metropolitan provider of tourist and transportation services in federal court litigation over its trademark, with claims affirmed on appeal by the 7th Circuit
Served as local counsel in several trademark infringement proceedings in Texas federal courts
Obtained grants of asylum for victims of political violence, domestic violence, and torture in multiple pro bono representations
- The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2019 - 2020
- Texas Rising Star, IP litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2014 - 2016, 2018 - 2019
- Pro Bono Attorney of 2014, American Gateways, 2014
- Access to Justice Award: Pro Bono Attorney nominee, American Gateways (formerly the Political Asylum Project of Austin), 2012 - 2013
Author, "Trademark Licenses in Bankruptcy Proceedings," The Brand Protection Blog, Sept. 27, 2012
Contributor, "Considerations When Drafting and Negotiating Coexistence Agreements From Both Sides of the Border – A United States Perspective," presented by Alicia Morris Groos to the State Bar of Texas 25 Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, Houston, Texas, March 2012
Co-author, "Licensing Intellectual Property in Australia: An Overview from a U.S. Perspective," presented by Alicia Morris Groos to Law Seminars International's Advanced Conference on Current Issues in IP Licensing, Houston, Texas, October 2012
Co-Author, "An Update and Refresher of Constructing and Proving Damages," 34th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation CLE, October 25-26, 2012
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Moderator, "Corporate rebranding: tales from the trenches of company name changes," Austin Intellectual Property Law Association CLE presentation, August 18, 2015
- International Trademark Association (INTA), Unfair Competition Committee, Member
- Chris sits on the Board of Directors of the Open Door Preschool, a non-profit preschool serving children of special needs.