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Adam Sanderson is a patent and trial attorney who represents companies, inventors, and entrepreneurs in complex, commercial lawsuits, especially cases involving software.

Adam is one of the few commercial trial attorneys in Dallas having a background in computer science and licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Before practicing as an attorney, Adam earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and worked as a software engineer where he designed system architectures, developed source code, and managed enterprise databases. As a trial attorney, Adam’s background in computer science has given him and his clients an advantage in and out of the courtroom.

In 2016, Adam successfully defended Unidine Corporation, one of the nation’s leading dining services companies, in a commercial dispute brought against Unidine by one of its corporate business clients. Unidine asserted a counterclaim for breach of contract. After an three day evidentiary hearing, the JAMS arbitrator denied all claims against Unidine and awarded Unidine money damages, past due interest (calculated at 18% annually), and attorneys’ fees on the counterclaim.

In 2015, Adam and his partner Joel Reese successfully helped their clients win a jury trial and judgment for $5.4 million, amounting to one of the largest securities verdicts in the State of Texas for 2015.

In a recent business fraud case, with his partner Pete Marketos, Adam represented two entrepreneurs in a high-stakes litigation involving the licensing of patented technology. The question at trial was whether the defendant, E. F. Johnson Company, had deceived the clients into giving up their exclusive right to market and sell the technology. After a two-week trial, the jury found that E. F. Johnson Company had committed commercial fraud and breach of contract. Based on the verdict, the court entered judgment in favor of Adam’s clients for more than $5 million, plus 18% interest. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Dallas affirmed the judgment in 2016.

Adam currently represents one of the nation’s leading providers of law enforcement video surveillance systems in a patent lawsuit pending in the Eastern District of Texas.

Adam also represents a technology company in an ongoing lawsuit pending in the District of Kansas.

The following matters are representative of some of Adam’s other successful litigation experience:

  • Represented two owners of a Dallas-based software and technology company in a high-stakes partnership breakup
  • Represented the owners of a software development company in a bet-the-business dispute over the right to own and control the company’s proprietary source code
  • Assisted in representing the owners of a five-star, nationally recognized hotel in Southern California in a two-week arbitration involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty and alleged damages of more than $50 million
  • Assisted in representing commercial tenants of a historic hotel in downtown Dallas in a suit involving claims for more than $50 million
  • Represented software owners in a high-stakes case for copyright infringement, breach of fiduciary duty, and theft of trade secrets
  • Represented an individual investor in her lawsuit against a Dallas hedge fund for claims of business fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Mr. Sanderson’s media interviews/commentaries include:

  • May 8, 2015, Law360.com interviewed Partner Adam Sanderson regarding his thoughts about a new Federal Circuit decision setting new disclosure standards for software patents. Click Here.
  • June 18, 2014, Texas Lawbook published the story “Experts: ZeniMax Case Against Oculus Looks Strong,” in which Mr. Sanderson analyzes the legal burden the plaintiff must meet to succeed in its IP litigation. Click here to read the full article.
  • June 19, 2014, Texas Lawbook published the story “SCOTUS Says Abstract Ideas Not Patentable, Even With Computer Help” in which Mr. Sanderson explains how the Alice Corp. ruling has helped strengthen his litigation. Click here to read the complete article.
  • August 27, 2014, Texas Lawbook explored patent litigation trends in its article “Patent Cases Pour into East Texas Despite Data Showing District Not So Plaintiff-Friendly.” In the article, Mr. Sanderson points to the reputation of Texas’ Eastern District for awarding higher damages, as a factor driving IP litigation to its dockets. Click here to read the full article.
  • Nov. 3, 2014, Law360.com published its story “Buying Patents To Thwart ‘Trolls’ Is A Tricky Strategy.” In the article (link here), Mr. Sanderson gives his thoughts about the effect patent acquisition groups could have on future software and patent litigation. Click here to read the full article.
  • Dec. 15, 2014, Texas Lawyer published Mr. Sanderson’s article “2014 Year in Review: Intellectual Property,” in which he discusses the significance of the SCOTUS Alice Corp. ruling for IP law. Click here to read the full text of Mr. Sanderson’s article.
  • May 4, 2015, Texas Lawyer published Mr. Sanderson’s article, “New Guidelines Clarify Software Patent Eligibility,” which examines how recent USPTO rules will impact how patents will be evaluated for validity. Click here to read the full text of Mr. Sanderson’s article.

Adam is licensed to represent litigants before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of Texas, and every State Court in the State of Texas.

Adam's individual brand of advocacy has earned him the respect of his peers, having been recognized in Texas Monthly as a “Rising Star" in business litigation for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

 

Adam Sanderson

Partner



Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2006

University of Texas at Arlington

M.B.A., 2002

Southern Polytechnic State University

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, 1995

Admissions

Texas Supreme Court; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas



Awards