Practice Description and Exemplary Cases:
Darren Nicholson is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer, representing clients in state and federal courts across the country. Darren represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of matters, from intellectual property disputes and white-collar criminal defense to products liability and complex commercial litigation.
Darren’s work encompasses all phases of civil and criminal litigation, from investigation to aggressive trial advocacy and post-verdict appeals.
Darren’s clients know him as a tenacious advocate who invests the time and effort to develop and implement a specific strategy to achieve their objectives, whether negotiating a confidential settlement, developing a licensing strategy, trying a case on its merits, or pursuing another option altogether.
Examples of his cases include:
- A multimillion-dollar jury verdict for a client who was awarded 100% of requested damages, plus attorneys’ fees, in a case involving the breach of a patent licensing agreement
- A take-nothing judgment for a client who was wrongfully accused of fraud and tortious interference of a contract
- Negotiating multimillion-dollar patent licensing agreements in several ongoing patent infringement lawsuits currently set for trial
- Assisting multiple clients to protect and enforce their copyrights, trade secrets and other intellectual property
- Negotiating a favorable plea bargain – and no jail time – for a real estate agent indicted in a federal case involving mortgage fraud
- Representing multiple individuals involved in federal criminal investigations, with no charges being brought
- Obtaining a favorable settlement of a contested probate matter, securing significant tax advantages for the client
- Obtaining summary judgment orders on behalf of clients seeking information under the Freedom of Information Act
- Representing a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company in product liability cases before the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, including participation in multiple trials resulting in defense verdicts or low-dollar awards
- Representing a client in an arbitration before the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, resulting in a negotiated royalty on favorable terms
- Obtaining an acquittal on a seven-count indictment for a court-appointed client in Washington, D.C., Superior Court
- Obtaining an order on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that vacated a summary-judgment ruling against a client as part of a fraudulent trading enforcement action by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission
Darren began his legal career with Arnold & Porter, LLP, in Washington, D.C., where he practiced for more than seven years. There, Darren worked as a trial attorney, focusing on products liability defense, criminal defense and matters involving derivative markets and enforcement actions by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
A native Texan, Darren returned to Texas in 2008 to join Sayles Werbner and was elected as a shareholder in 2012.
Darren earned his law degree, with honors, from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he won the International Academy of Trial Lawyers award for appellate advocacy and served on the editorial board of the American Criminal Law Review. Darren earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Darren and his wife, Sarah, live in Dallas with their three daughters.
Professional Activities and Honors:
Since returning to Texas, Darren has earned repeated honors in the Texas Rising Stars list from the publishers of Texas Super Lawyers magazine. The Rising Stars distinction is reserved for the top 2.5% of all attorneys in Texas (2010-2015).
In 2009, Darren was elected as a Barrister to the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, a professional organization devoted to improving the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.
Darren is a member of the American Bar Association and serves on the Public Forum Committee of the Dallas Bar Association.
Articles and CLE Presentations:
Closing Arguments, judged for the Dallas Bar Association Trial Academy, October 2012
Exclude the Opposing Expert Witness on Qualifications and Reliability, presented to the Dallas Bar Association with State District Judge James M. Stanton, July 2010
The Ethics of Lawyer-Judge Interactions, presented to the Higginbotham Inn of Court, March 2010
Financial Institutions Fraud, 37 American Criminal Law Review 551, Spring 2000
State Bar of Texas
District of Columbia Bar
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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 Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
Darren Nicholson quoted in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram