Chris Patton is a client-focused commercial litigator with proven success in state and federal court. Licensed to practice in both Texas and New York, he specializes in litigation for businesses ranging from start-ups to global companies on a wide range of commercial topics, including antitrust, contracts, intellectual property, and business torts. Chris has distilled this experience in a published practice guide entitled Texas Trade Secret Litigation. His success has landed him on the “Under 40 Hot List” by Benchmark Litigation and earned him recognition as a “Rising Star Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters.
Before joining LPHS, Chris practiced commercial litigation in New York at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, representing high-profile technology companies, global banks, and investment companies.
Chris received his B.A. from Brigham Young University, and his J.D., with honors, from George Washington University Law School. As an accomplished jazz pianist, Chris brings a unique ear for detail and improvisational thinking to his commercial litigation practice.
- Brigham Young University, B.A.
- George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors
- Represented an online travel agency in an antitrust lawsuit brought against the eight largest hotels in the United States and, on summary judgment, convinced the court to apply the per se antitrust standard to the bid rigging and group boycott allegations—the first time any court has made such a finding in the context of online advertising auctions.
- Represented a pipeline company in a breach of contract case and, after three years of litigation, obtained complete dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims by arguing that the claim belonged in an administrative proceeding such that the district court lacked subject matter jurisdiction.
- Represented a national law firm defending against legal malpractice claims and obtained complete dismissal on summary judgment on statute of limitations grounds.
- Represented an oil and gas investor alleging claims of fraud and breach of contract against a former operator and, after winning injunctive relief, settling the case on favorable (but confidential) terms.
- Represented a private equity firm in a fraud lawsuit brought in federal court and obtained a complete dismissal of the case at the pleading stage.
- Represented a pipeline company in bankruptcy proceedings related to contract claims that the client failed to take reasonable precautions during the construction of a major northeast pipeline and, after establishing the flawed nature of the alleged claims, obtained a favorable, confidential settlement.
- Represented a pipeline company in a jury trial related to the alleged formation of a partnership to market and operate a multi-billion dollar pipeline project, which resulted in the jury awarding substantial damages in the client’s favor.
- Represented a payment processing company against claims for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation related to a power outage and, after years of discovery, obtained summary judgment on all claims just before trial.
- Represented a multi-national manufacturer in a federal jury trial against 17 plaintiff independent service providers in complicated antitrust case in the Eastern District of Texas, and obtained a take nothing judgment against 2 of the plaintiffs while convincing the court to award a new trial against the remaining plaintiffs.
- Represented an international retailer against participants in the company’s bond debt alleging claims of fraudulent conveyance and obtained early dismissal of all claims.
- Represented a pipeline company in a 13-day trial for damage sustained by two of its pipelines following the sudden formation of a sinkhole in Southern Louisiana and obtained an allocation of liability resulting in a confidential settlement agreement.
- Represented a medical billing company in a trade secret/breach of fiduciary duty case involving claims by an emergency room against its former billing company, and obtained partial summary judgment which reduced the available damages and led to a settlement on confidential terms prior to trial.
- Represented a New York-based design and advertising firm in a contract and copyright infringement dispute filed in federal court in New York, and settling on favorable terms.
- Represented a health supplements company in a bet-the-company, multi-party arbitration related to a former CEO’s departure, ending in a favorable settlement allowing the client to continue operations.
- Represented an investment fund in a securities fraud class action related to the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
- Represented a prominent Swiss bank in a suit seeking to compel the disclosure of account holders’ names in violation of Swiss privacy law.
- “Super Lawyer Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters as seen in Texas Monthly, 2015-2018
- “Under 40 Hot List” by Benchmark Litigation, 2018-2019
- Flowers on a Court Opinion: How the Trial of My Great-Grandmother’s Murderer Changed Me, My Family, and the Law, Litigation Journal, Winter 2022 / Link
- Texas Trade Secret Litigation (3rd Ed.) / Purchase
- Give the Jury What It Wants: Decision-Making in Trial Practice, Litigation Journal, Winter 2021 / Link
- Texas Flood: Protecting Against the Rising Tide of Trade Secret Litigation, Texas Lawyer, 2020 / Link
- When the Levee Breaks: Preparing for a Flood of Trade Secret Litigation, ABA Corporate Counsel Newsletter, 2020 / Link
- Defining Trade Secrets: What Passes the Test in Texas?, DBA Headnotes, 2020
- American Bar Association's Section of Litigation, Associate Editor of Litigation