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- EducationUniversity of Texas School of Law
J.D., 2011, with honors
Texas Law Review
University of Texas
B.A. in English and the Plan II Honors Program, 2008, with honors
Chris is a litigator whose practice focuses on patent and general commercial litigation. His experience includes conducting and coordinating discovery in complex cases, taking depositions, drafting pleadings and motions from case inception through post-trial, arguing summary judgment and pre-trial motions, and trial preparation/support. He has represented clients in the digital content distribution, secure communications, television tuner, and mobile payments spaces.
His expertise in intellectual property cases has helped Mr. Stewart earn a spot on the annual Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list of the state’s top young lawyers since 2016.
Prior to joining the firm, Chris practiced commercial and patent litigation at Vinson & Elkins, LLP. Before that, he was a law clerk to Justice Debra Lehrmann of the Texas Supreme Court.
Chris received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Texas Law Review and the Interscholastic Mock Trial Team. During the summer, he interned for then Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He received his bachelor’s degree, with honors, in English and the Plan II Honors Program from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Stewart is licensed to practice before all Texas state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
- VirnetX, Inc. v. Apple, Inc.Mr. Stewart represents VirnetX in the company’s ongoing litigation against Apple for infringement of VirnetX’s network security patents by Apple’s FaceTime, iMessage, and VPN On Demand features. In the first trial against Apple in 2012, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found VirnetX’s patents valid and awarded a $368 million verdict based on Apple’s infringement.
After the case was sent back for a new trial on damages, it was consolidated with a subsequent lawsuit covering newer products that Apple marketed after the first trial. In the consolidated trial, Mr. Stewart and other attorneys at Caldwell Cassady & Curry won again; securing a $625 million verdict for VirnetX in February 2016 after another Eastern District jury found that Apple continued to infringe VirnetX’s patents following the first trial. The jury also found that Apple’s infringement was willful regarding FaceTime and VPN on Demand.
The court later vacated its order to consolidate the matters and set the cases covering newer and older products for two separate jury trials.
In the first new trial heard in October 2016, Mr. Stewart helped VirnetX win once again, securing a $302 million verdict against Apple. The verdict was entered as a $439.7 million judgment in September 2017
In the second new trial heard in April 2018, a different Eastern District jury awarded a unanimous verdict of $502.6 million in favor of VirnetX after finding Apple’s infringement was willful. The entire verdict amount was entered as a judgment in August 2018.
- Acantha LLC v. DePuy SynthesMr. Stewart served as trial counsel for Acantha LLP in a patent infringement lawsuit against medical device manufacturer DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson. DePuy was sued based on its infringement of an Acantha patent that covers an orthopedic implant assembly used in surgical procedures. Following the August 2018 trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, a jury of five women and three men delivered a unanimous $8.2 million verdict in favor of Mr. Stewart’s client.
- Smartflash, LLC v. Apple Inc.Mr. Stewart was part of the trial team that secured a $532.9 million verdict against Apple for its infringement of Smartflash’s digital content distribution patents. During the litigation of this and related cases, he drafted pleadings, took depositions, argued summary judgment motions, motions in limine, and pre-trial objections, and assisted in trial and witness preparation. He continues to represent Smartflash in post-trial proceedings and related cases against Apple, Google, Samsung, HTC, and Amazon.
- VirnetX v. Microsoft Corp.Mr. Stewart represented VirnetX in a patent infringement dispute involving Microsoft’s Skype division. He drafted discovery motions, took several depositions, including of key witnesses, and coordinated discovery efforts in this complex case. VirnetX obtained a favorable settlement when Microsoft took a license to VirnetX’s patents.
- REM Holdings 3, LLC, et al. v. Square, Inc., et al.Mr. Stewart represents plaintiffs REM Holdings and university professor Dr. Robert Morley in this ongoing commercial and patent dispute over the founding of mobile payments company Square.