Jason S. McManis

Associate

Jason S. McManis

Associate

Jason S. McManis is a skilled trial lawyer who helps individuals and businesses with high stakes intellectual property disputes and other complex business matters, including fiduciary and partnership disputes, real estate disputes, construction disputes, and employment disputes. Mr. McManis excels at presenting complex and often highly technical issues to state and federal courts and juries around the country.

Mr. McManis has been recognized as a Texas Rising Star for the four consecutive years for his excellence in intellectual property litigation. Rising Stars, a list compiled by Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers, honors leading attorneys age 40 and younger and those who have been in practice no more than 10 years.

Equally experienced representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Mr. McManis has taken on some of the largest companies in the world as lead counsel and as a key member of small trial teams. He has helped secure some of the largest patent infringement jury verdicts in the country in recent years, including one which has been recognized in the Texas Lawyer Verdicts Hall of Fame. In his business litigation practice, Mr. McManis has helped company founders fight to get their rightful share after their business partners have unlawfully forced them out of the company, successfully defended business partners against dissolution and breach of fiduciary duty claims in a jury trial, and helped numerous businesses enforce employment agreements to protect their valuable intellectual property and confidential information.

Mr. McManis is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and, before that, Dartmouth College, where he was a four-year letterman on the baseball team.

Jason S. McManis is a skilled trial lawyer who helps individuals and businesses with high stakes intellectual property disputes and other complex business matters, including fiduciary and partnership disputes, real estate disputes, construction disputes, and employment disputes. Mr. McManis excels at presenting complex and often highly technical issues to state and federal courts and juries around the country.

Mr. McManis has been recognized as a Texas Rising Star for the four consecutive years for his excellence in intellectual property litigation. Rising Stars, a list compiled by Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers, honors leading attorneys age 40 and younger and those who have been in practice no more than 10 years.

Equally experienced representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Mr. McManis has taken on some of the largest companies in the world as lead counsel and as a key member of small trial teams. He has helped secure some of the largest patent infringement jury verdicts in the country in recent years, including one which has been recognized in the Texas Lawyer Verdicts Hall of Fame. In his business litigation practice, Mr. McManis has helped company founders fight to get their rightful share after their business partners have unlawfully forced them out of the company, successfully defended business partners against dissolution and breach of fiduciary duty claims in a jury trial, and helped numerous businesses enforce employment agreements to protect their valuable intellectual property and confidential information.

Mr. McManis is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and, before that, Dartmouth College, where he was a four-year letterman on the baseball team.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Represents Douglas Elliman Texas and individuals in multiple contract and fraud claims and counterclaims related to a failed asset purchase agreement with John Daugherty Real Estate, Inc. John A. Daugherty v. Real Estate Associates of Houston, LLC, et al., No. 2020-22352 in Harris County’s 164th District Court; Griffin Partners v. Douglas Elliman of Texas, LLC et al., No. 2020-03683 in Harris County’s 157th Judicial District.
  • Represents W&T Offshore in defense of trade secret claims brought by Arena Energy. Arena Energy, LP v. W&T Offshore, Inc. and 31 Group, LLC, Adv. Proc. No. 20-03404 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
  • Represents Ruckus Energy in defense of trade secret claims brought by Blackbeard Operating related to exploration and production in Winkler County, Texas. The case is set for trial in April 2021. Blackbeard Operating, LLC et al. v. Ruckus Energy, Inc. et al., No. 342-316065-20 in Tarrant County’s 342nd District Court.
  • Represents Targa in a complex breach of contract dispute against Vitol involving over $200 million in claimed damages. The case was one of Texas’s first fully remote complex commercial trials conducted entirely by Zoom. It is currently on appeal.
  • Successfully defeated Ultra Premium Services’ applications for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction over allegations of theft of trade secret and confidential information on behalf of OFS International, LLC and related entities. The case was settled shortly before trial.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction on behalf of C&J Energy Services against its former employees and their newly formed competing business, West Texas Cementers. Cross examined WTC’s CEO at the TI hearing. The case was resolved by a favorable settlement. C&J Energy Services, Inc., et al. v. Jesse Ulate, et al., No. 2019-06048 in Harris County’s 151st District Court.
  • Obtained a total defense win on behalf of prominent Houston family business owner in complex, potentially $30 million dispute with a take nothing verdict after five-week jury trial. David Hotze v. IN Management, LLC et al. No. 2016-36300 in Harris County’s 61st District Court. The case was named among the largest Texas courtroom wins in 2018 by the Houston Chronicle in “The Biggest Courtroom Wins of 2018″ (subscription required) and Texas Lawbook in  “The Top Texas Litigation Stories of 2018” (subscription required).
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and negotiated a favorable final settlement on behalf of a Dallas businessman in a lawsuit against a former business partner for breach of fiduciary duty and diversion of corporate funds and assets to a competing company.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order, temporary injunction, and negotiated a final settlement on behalf of a large healthcare corporation in a lawsuit against former employees and their new employer for theft of confidential company information and breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
  • Represented Cellular Communications Equipment LLC in its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple Inc. during which the jury awarded CCE a $22 million verdict against Apple after a seven-day trial. Cellular Comms. Equipment LLC v. Apple Inc., et al., No. 14-cv-251, (E.D. Tex.).
  • Represented Washington University (St. Louis) Professor Robert E. Morley in his lawsuit against Square, Inc., Jack Dorsey, and Jim McKelvey for patent infringement, breach of joint-venture and fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, and exclusion of Dr. Morley from Square. Robert E. Morley, Jr., et al. v. Square, Inc., et al., No. 10-cv-2243/14-cv-172, (E.D. Mo.).
  • Represented Smartflash LLC in its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple Inc. during which the jury awarded Smartflash a $532.9 million verdict against Apple after a six-day trial. Smartflash LLC, et al. v. Apple Inc., et al., No. 13-cv-447, (E.D. Tex.).
  • Represented VirnetX Inc. in its patent infringement lawsuits against Apple Inc. during which a jury awarded VirnetX a $625 million verdict in February 2016 and, after a re-trial was ordered in October 2016, a $302 million verdict against Apple. VirnetX, Inc. v. Apple Inc., No. 10-cv-417/12-cv-855, (E.D. Tex.).

 

EDUCATION

  • University of Virginia School of Law, 2013
    • National Trial Advocacy College
    • Virginia Law & Business Review
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 2008

ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar 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 Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

LEGAL PUBLICATIONS AND CLE PRESENTATIONS

  • “Trials, Depositions, Hearings, and other Remote Proceedings,” State Bar of Texas Webinar, December 2020
  • “Polishing Your Evidence: Technology in the Courtroom, including Apps,” 2019 HBA Civil/Appellate Bench Bar Conference, Houston, April 2019
  • “Lost Profits Damages: Cost Behavior Analysis, Calculation Methods” webinar, Strafford Publications, March 2019

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
  • 2018 – 2021 Texas Rising Star honors for intellectual property litigation, a list compiled by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business

IN THE NEWS

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
  • Represents Douglas Elliman Texas and individuals in multiple contract and fraud claims and counterclaims related to a failed asset purchase agreement with John Daugherty Real Estate, Inc. John A. Daugherty v. Real Estate Associates of Houston, LLC, et al., No. 2020-22352 in Harris County’s 164th District Court; Griffin Partners v. Douglas Elliman of Texas, LLC et al., No. 2020-03683 in Harris County’s 157th Judicial District.
  • Represents W&T Offshore in defense of trade secret claims brought by Arena Energy. Arena Energy, LP v. W&T Offshore, Inc. and 31 Group, LLC, Adv. Proc. No. 20-03404 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
  • Represents Ruckus Energy in defense of trade secret claims brought by Blackbeard Operating related to exploration and production in Winkler County, Texas. The case is set for trial in April 2021. Blackbeard Operating, LLC et al. v. Ruckus Energy, Inc. et al., No. 342-316065-20 in Tarrant County’s 342nd District Court.
  • Represents Targa in a complex breach of contract dispute against Vitol involving over $200 million in claimed damages. The case was one of Texas’s first fully remote complex commercial trials conducted entirely by Zoom. It is currently on appeal.
  • Successfully defeated Ultra Premium Services’ applications for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction over allegations of theft of trade secret and confidential information on behalf of OFS International, LLC and related entities. The case was settled shortly before trial.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction on behalf of C&J Energy Services against its former employees and their newly formed competing business, West Texas Cementers. Cross examined WTC’s CEO at the TI hearing. The case was resolved by a favorable settlement. C&J Energy Services, Inc., et al. v. Jesse Ulate, et al., No. 2019-06048 in Harris County’s 151st District Court.
  • Obtained a total defense win on behalf of prominent Houston family business owner in complex, potentially $30 million dispute with a take nothing verdict after five-week jury trial. David Hotze v. IN Management, LLC et al. No. 2016-36300 in Harris County’s 61st District Court. The case was named among the largest Texas courtroom wins in 2018 by the Houston Chronicle in “The Biggest Courtroom Wins of 2018″ (subscription required) and Texas Lawbook in  “The Top Texas Litigation Stories of 2018” (subscription required).
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and negotiated a favorable final settlement on behalf of a Dallas businessman in a lawsuit against a former business partner for breach of fiduciary duty and diversion of corporate funds and assets to a competing company.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order, temporary injunction, and negotiated a final settlement on behalf of a large healthcare corporation in a lawsuit against former employees and their new employer for theft of confidential company information and breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
  • Represented Cellular Communications Equipment LLC in its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple Inc. during which the jury awarded CCE a $22 million verdict against Apple after a seven-day trial. Cellular Comms. Equipment LLC v. Apple Inc., et al., No. 14-cv-251, (E.D. Tex.).
  • Represented Washington University (St. Louis) Professor Robert E. Morley in his lawsuit against Square, Inc., Jack Dorsey, and Jim McKelvey for patent infringement, breach of joint-venture and fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, and exclusion of Dr. Morley from Square. Robert E. Morley, Jr., et al. v. Square, Inc., et al., No. 10-cv-2243/14-cv-172, (E.D. Mo.).
  • Represented Smartflash LLC in its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple Inc. during which the jury awarded Smartflash a $532.9 million verdict against Apple after a six-day trial. Smartflash LLC, et al. v. Apple Inc., et al., No. 13-cv-447, (E.D. Tex.).
  • Represented VirnetX Inc. in its patent infringement lawsuits against Apple Inc. during which a jury awarded VirnetX a $625 million verdict in February 2016 and, after a re-trial was ordered in October 2016, a $302 million verdict against Apple. VirnetX, Inc. v. Apple Inc., No. 10-cv-417/12-cv-855, (E.D. Tex.).

 

EDUCATION
  • University of Virginia School of Law, 2013
    • National Trial Advocacy College
    • Virginia Law & Business Review
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 2008
ADMISSIONS
  • State Bar 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 Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
LEGAL PUBLICATIONS AND CLE PRESENTATIONS
  • “Trials, Depositions, Hearings, and other Remote Proceedings,” State Bar of Texas Webinar, December 2020
  • “Polishing Your Evidence: Technology in the Courtroom, including Apps,” 2019 HBA Civil/Appellate Bench Bar Conference, Houston, April 2019
  • “Lost Profits Damages: Cost Behavior Analysis, Calculation Methods” webinar, Strafford Publications, March 2019
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
  • 2018 – 2021 Texas Rising Star honors for intellectual property litigation, a list compiled by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business

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