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Darren Nicholson

Practice Areas:
Complex Business Litigation
Intellectual Property
Products Liability
White Collar Criminal Defense
Personal Injury/Wrongful Death

Practice Description:

Darren Nicholson is an experienced trial lawyer and litigator, 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 trial experience and wide-ranging practice provide a unique insight that allows him to achieve clients’ objectives efficiently and aggressively. Clients know Darren as a tenacious advocate who invests the time and effort to identify and achieve their objectives – whether negotiating a confidential settlement, trying a case on its merits, taking measures to avoid litigation, or pursuing another option altogether. Examples of his cases include:

Intellectual Property Cases:

  • Favorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., one of the highest profile patent infringement cases to reach the high court in years
  • Multimillion-dollar patent licensing agreements in several patent infringement lawsuits
  • 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
  • Representing numerous clients, from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurs, to protect and enforce their copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property

Wrongful Death and Products Liability Cases:

  • Significant confidential settlement for two minor children in a wrongful death case involving an electrocution on a West Texas oil rig
  • Substantial confidential settlement for a widow and minor child in a wrongful death case involving workplace electrocution
  • Successful defense of a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company in product liability cases, including multiple trials

Complex Business Cases:

  • Summary judgment recovery of $8.25M for client in a hotly contested breach of contract case stemming from the Texas Rangers Baseball Partners’ bankruptcy
  • Take-nothing judgment for client who was wrongfully accused of fraud and tortious interference of a contract
  • Numerous favorable settlements on behalf of clients in matters ranging from breach of contract and tortious interference to unfair competition and other business torts

Criminal Cases:

  • Favorable plea bargain – and no jail time – for a real estate agent indicted in a federal case involving mortgage fraud
  • Acquittal on a seven-count indictment for a court-appointed client in Washington, D.C., Superior Court
  • No charges brought against multiple individuals involved in federal criminal investigations

University of Texas, B.S., Mathematics
University of Texas, B.A., Psychology
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude

Professional Experience:
Sayles | Werbner PC, Dallas, TX, since 2008 (Shareholder since 2012)
Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, DC, 2001-2008

Professional Activities and Honors:
AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star (2010-present) by Thomson Reuters (as seen in Texas Monthly)
Barrister, Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court (2009-2012)
International Academy of Trial Lawyers award for appellate advocacy (2001)
American Bar Association, member since 2001
Dallas Bar Association, Public Forum Committee, since 2008

Articles and CLE Presentations:
Protecting Plaintiffs’ Wins from the IRS, Texas Lawyer, June 2014

Closing Arguments, 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

Bar Admissions:
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
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States

Related News:
Darren Nicholson quoted on need for regulation of oil field operators in Law360

Darren Nicholson quoted on FOIA filing in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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