Chris Joe Phone
Direct Dial: 214.466.1272
Direct Fax: 214.635.1828
1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 4750
Dallas, Texas 75201
Chris' practice is focused primarily on high stakes intellectual property lawsuits and complex commercial litigation. He has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous clients in patent, trade secret, antitrust, contract, fraud, and other complex commercial lawsuits. Chris' practice includes the licensing of intellectual property. Notable trials include representation of a major oil and gas drill bit manufacturer against a competitor in a patent suit which resulted in a $41 million judgment in favor of the client and which was reported as the fourth largest patent judgment in 2004 by the National Law Journal. He has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2013 and as a Texas Rising Star from 2006 to 2008 and is AV Preiminent rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell.
Chris was formerly a shareholder at the Dallas office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where he was one of the founding members of that office’s intellectual property litigation section, and at the Dallas office of Godwin Gruber, LLP, where he helped found that firm’s intellectual property litigation practice group and served as its vice chairman. Chris was also formerly associated with the Dallas office of McKool Smith, P.C. where he litigated patent, antitrust and other complex commercial litigation matters.
Chris is a zealous Duke and University of Memphis basketball fan. His interests also include playing soccer, boating and waterskiing, snow skiing and snowboarding, golf, gourmet food and world travel.
Defended manufacturers of HVAC leak detector in patent suit in jury trial in Orange County, CA, resulting in jury verdict of non-infringement and take-nothing judgment in favor of clients.
Represented major oil and gas drill bit manufacturer in patent infringement suit resulting in $21 million jury verdict and $41 million final judgment after addition of enhanced damages, attorneys' fees and interest in favor of client.
Represented start-up company in lender liability lawsuit against major bank resulting in a $12 million jury verdict and judgment after a jury trial in favor of client.
Represented plaintiffs in breach of guaranty lawsuit against major electronics retailer over the failure to honor lease agreements held by a subsidiary resulting in jury verdict and judgment for clients of $2.23 million.
Represented general contractor against major oil and gas drilling company in contract and fraud litigation resulting in a jury verdict and judgment for client in excess of $1 million. Represented plaintiffs in antitrust class action against major photocopier manufacturer resulting in settlement in excess of $50 million.
Represented fiber optical connector manufacturer in patent case accusing competitor of infringement.
Defended nutritional supplement companies in patent lawsuits.
Defended international electronics manufacturer in multiple patent lawsuits.
Represented publicly held mobile telecommunications services company in lawsuit asserting contract, fraud, theft of trade secrets, and patent infringement claims against leading long distance carrier obtaining multimillion dollar settlement in favor of client.
Defended major manufacturer of mobile telecommunications equipment in patent infringement litigation obtaining dismissal with prejudice of three asserted patents.
Defended mobile telecommunications services company in suit asserting theft of trade secrets resulting in dissolution by court of ex parte TRO initially obtained by plaintiff and subsequent voluntary dismissal by plaintiff of all claims against client.
Defendant a multi-national manufacturer of microprocessors in patent litigation.
Defended major oil and gas services company in breach of contract and fraud case in which plaintiff sought $1 billion in damages resulting in a jury verdict and settlement favorable to client.
Represented major direct seller and multilevel marketer of home decorative and gift products in misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition lawsuit against competitor which resulted in several million dollar settlement in favor of client.
Defended mobile telecommunications services company in suit asserting contract, fraud, and DTPA claims resulting in dismissal with prejudice of most of the claims and subsequent settlement for nuisance value.
Defended major multinational carbon electrode manufacturer in multimillion dollar antitrust litigation which resulted in settlement favorable to client.
Prosecution of securities and investment suitability claims against major brokerage firm.
J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1993
A.B., Political Science, Duke University, 1990
All New York State Courts
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Current & Former Professional & Community Activities
Member, State Bar of Texas
Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Dallas Bar Association
Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Member, Dallas Asian American Bar Association
Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association
Member, Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
Member, The College of the State Bar of Texas
Member, National Asian American Bar Association
Member, Federal Bar Association
Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
Member, Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Mentor, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Mentor, University of North Texas School of Law
Council Member, SBOT Intellectual Property Section
Chair/Member, Diversity Committee SBOT Intellectual Property Section
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Speaker, “Successful Strategies for Managing Patent Litigation Involving Non-Practicing Entities (‘NPEs’),” Palo Alto, California (October 15, 2009)
Speaker, “Patent Litigation Strategy in the Eastern District of Texas: A View from the Trenches and the ‘Black Pearl’,” Palo Alto, California (June 26, 2008)
Speaker, "A Corporate Counsel’s and Executive’s Guide to Patent Litigation in the Eastern District of Texas," Dallas Bar Association, Belo Mansion, Dallas, Texas (February 22, 2006)
Speaker, "The Practice of Law – Litigation vs. Transactional Work," Southern Methodist University Asian American Law Students Association, Dallas, Texas (October 24, 2006)
Author, "Application of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to Attorneys," AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION CONSUMER & PERSONAL RIGHTS LITIGATION NEWSLETTER, December 1995, at 8
Author, Note, "Can We Express Ourselves Dancing Naked? – Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc.," 46:1 SMU LAW REVIEW 263 (1992)
Awards & Recognition
Texas “Super Lawyer” in Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine (2013 -Present)
“Texas Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Litigation by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Media’s “Super Lawyers” publication (2006 to 2008)
“AV Preeminent®” Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell/Lexis-Nexis. The “AV” and “AV Preeminent” marks are registered trademarks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.
"Top Attorney in Texas" by Texas Monthly magazine
"Best Lawyer" by Best Lawyers magazine
"Top Rated Litigator" by ALM Media