James Smith is an associate who primarily focuses on intellectual property litigation. James has represented clients in district court cases across the country while concentrating on a variety of technology areas, including network gateway devices, continuous positive airway pressure masks, pulse oximeters, transcatheter heart valves, and graphical processing units.
James has helped develop and litigate cases starting at the pre-filing investigation stage all the way to pre-trial. He has extensive experience drafting dispositive motions, arguing discovery motions, creating and implementing case strategies, and working alongside technical experts.
Before joining the firm in 2022, James served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kimberly A. Moore at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also previously worked as a litigation associate at an intellectual property boutique.
James earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to law school, he earned his bachelor’s degree, with honors, in electrical engineering.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Brad Caldwell is a trial lawyer who focuses on patent infringement and complex commercial litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants. His courtroom success before judges, juries, and arbitration panels includes cases involving digital media, telecommunications and computer networking, data security, computer imaging, medical devices, enterprise software, banking technology, and oilfield services.
He has been named “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer magazine two different times based on record-setting patent infringement verdicts against Apple Inc. Those jury awards of $625.6 million and $302 million were ranked as the 6th and 9th largest verdicts in the nation during 2016. The year prior, Caldwell helped Smartflash LLC win a $532.9 million verdict against Apple that was the year’s top Texas verdict and the largest intellectual property verdict in the U.S., ranking third nationwide overall.
Before starting his legal career, Caldwell worked for a year as an electrical engineer at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, where he obtained a top-secret security clearance and was awarded multiple merit-based citations.
In addition to earning a spot in The Best Lawyers in America since 2016, Mr. Caldwell has been named one of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America since 2014. He also has earned selection to the annual Texas Super Lawyers list since 2015, including being named in 2019 as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth, and the affiliated Texas Rising Stars list (2006-2009, 2011-2015) based on his work in patent cases. His role in helping a client win a $250 million patent verdict was featured in a 2009 profile article published by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2012, Mr. Caldwell was named a leading U.S. patent litigator by the publishers of The Legal 500, and he previously was honored by D Magazine in its annual listing of the Best Lawyers in Dallas Under 40.
Mr. Caldwell is licensed to practice before all Texas and New York state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Prior to the formation of Caldwell Cassady & Curry, Mr. Caldwell was a principal at McKool Smith. At the University of Texas School of Law, he received the Dean’s Achievement Award in Patent Litigation. Before attending law school, Mr. Caldwell earned a degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University. He now serves as a member of the electrical engineering department’s External Advisory & Development Council. During an externship from Texas A&M, Mr. Caldwell worked for a year as an electrical engineer at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, where he obtained a top-secret security clearance and was awarded multiple merit-based citations.
- Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame (2019) – Texas Lawyer newspaper
- U.S. Firm to Watch (2018) – Managing Intellectual Property magazine
- Texas Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year (2017) – Texas Lawyer
- #1 U.S. Plaintiffs’ Patent Firm – IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals
- Top 100 U.S. Verdicts of 2016 (3 verdicts) – The National Law Journal/VerdictSearch
- #1 Texas Intellectual Property Verdict (2016) – The National Law Journal/VerdictSearch
- Top 50 Recoveries (2015-2016) – The National Law Journal
- Best Law Firms (2017) – The Best Lawyers in America/U.S. News & World Report
- Top Patent Damage Awards Won Since 2000 (2015) – Law360
- Top 100 U.S. Verdicts of 2015 – The National Law Journal/VerdictSearch
- #1 Texas Intellectual Property Verdict (2015) – The National Law Journal/VerdictSearch