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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 Stewart is a trial lawyer who focuses on patent and general commercial litigation as a principal at Caldwell Cassady & Curry. His experience in all phases of litigation includes work as trial and appellate counsel in cases involving medical devices, mobile payments, semiconductors, and secure communications.
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 each year since 2016.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Stewart 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.
Mr. Stewart earned 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 law school, he interned for then Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Prior to law school, Mr. Stewart earned 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 Courts for the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Missouri, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
- 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.
- REM Holdings 3, LLC, et al. v. Square, Inc., et al.Mr. Stewart represented plaintiffs REM Holdings and university professor Dr. Robert Morley Jr. in his claims over the founding of mobile payments company Square. The parties entered into a mutually agreeable settlement in 2016. Mr. Stewart continues to represent Dr. Morley in connection with his patents covering mobile payments technology, and he also has argued on REM’s behalf before the Federal Circuit.
- VirnetX, Inc. v. Apple, Inc.Mr. Stewart has represented VirnetX, including as trial counsel, in the company’s patent infringement litigation against Apple over the infringement of VirnetX’s network security patents by Apple’s FaceTime, iMessage, and VPN On Demand features. In multiple trials, Mr. Stewart and other attorneys at Caldwell Cassady & Curry have repeatedly secured multiple nine-figure victories for VirnetX. In the most recent trial in April 2018, jurors awarded VirnetX $502.6 million in damages. In the willfulness phase of that trial, Mr. Stewart examined VirnetX’s technical expert, and the jury rendered a follow-on verdict of willful infringement in VirnetX’s favor.
- 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.