Jason S. McManis

Partner

Jason S. McManis

Partner

  • P: 713-600-4969
  • F: 713-655-0062
  • jmcmanis@azalaw.com
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Jason S. McManis is a partner at AZA and the head of AZA’s intellectual property group. He is a skilled trial lawyer with extensive experience in front of the jury in courtrooms across the United States. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes patent infringement and trade secret disputes, and his history of success includes cases involving all types of technologies, including wireless networking, digital media, data security, app development, medical devices, and oilfield services.

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 and other plaintiff’s jury verdicts in the country in recent years, including over $1 billion in patent infringement verdicts against Apple and a $62.65 million verdict against United Healthcare. Many of these verdicts have been recognized in the Texas Lawyer Verdicts Hall of Fame and among the Top 100 verdicts in the country by VerdictSearch and the National Law Journal.

Mr. McManis excels at simplifying complex and often highly technical issues for presentation to judges and juries. In addition to his intellectual property expertise, Mr. McManis handles complex commercial disputes across the oil and gas, healthcare, commercial and residential real estate, automotive, and aviation industries. He also represents plaintiffs and defendants in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.

In recognition of his work, Mr. McManis has been named a Texas Rising Star for five consecutive years. 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.

Jason S. McManis is a partner at AZA and the head of AZA’s intellectual property group. He is a skilled trial lawyer with extensive experience in front of the jury in courtrooms across the United States. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes patent infringement and trade secret disputes, and his history of success includes cases involving all types of technologies, including wireless networking, digital media, data security, app development, medical devices, and oilfield services.

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 and other plaintiff’s jury verdicts in the country in recent years, including over $1 billion in patent infringement verdicts against Apple and a $62.65 million verdict against United Healthcare. Many of these verdicts have been recognized in the Texas Lawyer Verdicts Hall of Fame and among the Top 100 verdicts in the country by VerdictSearch and the National Law Journal.

Mr. McManis excels at simplifying complex and often highly technical issues for presentation to judges and juries. In addition to his intellectual property expertise, Mr. McManis handles complex commercial disputes across the oil and gas, healthcare, commercial and residential real estate, automotive, and aviation industries. He also represents plaintiffs and defendants in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.

In recognition of his work, Mr. McManis has been named a Texas Rising Star for five consecutive years. 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.

PATENT AND TRADE SECRET LITIGATION

  • 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.
  • Represented Ruckus Energy in defense of trade secret claims brought by Blackbeard Operating related to exploration and production in Winkler County, Texas. The case was resolved by settlement prior to trial. Blackbeard Operating, LLC et al. v. Ruckus Energy, Inc. et al., No. 342-316065-20 in Tarrant County’s 342nd District Court.
  • Successfully defeated three rounds of trade secret and breach of contract allegations brought by Ultra Premium Services against OFS International, LLC and related entities. After defeating Ultra’s applications for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in federal court, the first case was settled shortly before trial. Following extensive briefing in two follow-on disputes, Ultra voluntarily dropped and dismissed its pursuit of all remaining claims pending in bankruptcy court and state court.
  • Represented Acantha LLC v. DePuy Synthes Sales and other Johnson & Johnson affiliates in patent infringement suit related to spinal implant devices. No. 15-cv-1257 (E.D. Wisc.).
  • 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, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Robert E. Morley, Jr., et al. v. Square, Inc., et al., No. 10-cv-2243/14-cv-172 (E.D. Mo.).
  • Won jury verdicts of $625.6 million and $302 million on behalf of VirnetX Inc. in its patent infringement lawsuits against Apple Inc. VirnetX, Inc. v. Apple Inc., No. 10-cv-417/12-cv-855 (E.D. Tex.).
  • Won a jury verdict of $532.9 million on behalf of Smartflash LLC in its patent infringement suit against Apple, Inc. Smartflash, LLC v. Apple Inc., No. 13-cv-447 (E.D. Tex.).

COMMERCIAL & OTHER LITIGATION

  • Represents a widow on behalf of herself and her three children in a wrongful death case stemming from a fatal helicopter crash in Leesburg, Florida.
  • Won a jury trial on behalf of Nevada-based emergency room physician groups against United HealthCare for systematic underpayment for emergency room services. After a seven-week trial, the jury awarded $2.65 million for underpayment of claims and an additional $60 million in punitive damages for United Healthcare’s fraud, oppression, and malice against the emergency room physicians. This verdict against a cluster of United Healthcare affiliates will serve as a bellwether for more than two dozen similar cases around the nation against various insurers.
  • Successfully obtained complete dismissal of all claims and sanctions against a key competitor under the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute on behalf of a co-founder of Houston-based real estate private equity firm. The case settled while on appeal. No. 2020-52067 in Harris County’s 215th District Court.
  • Represented a business owner in a fraud and breach of contract suit relating to the sale of his automotive finance and insurance agency business to a large, national competitor. After successfully obtaining dismissal of multiple counterclaims brought by the national competitor, the case was resolved by settlement. Powers v. IAS, No. 6:20-cv-01136 (W.D. Tex.).
  • Represents Targa in a complex fraud and breach of contract dispute against Vitol involving over $200 million in claimed damages, including the successful defense against a $150 million fraud damages claim in a bench trial. The case was one of Texas’s first fully remote complex commercial trials conducted entirely by Zoom. It is currently on appeal.
  • 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, following cross-examination of the 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 a 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).

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

  • “Protective Orders: What You Don’t Know May Hurt You” Houston Bar Association CLE, April 2022
  • “Personal Injury Damages: Addressing Pain and Suffering, Pre-Impact Damages, Conscious Suffering Before Death” webinar, Strafford Publications, April 2022
  • “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 – 2022 Texas Rising Star honors for intellectual property litigation, a list compiled by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business

IN THE NEWS

PATENT AND TRADE SECRET LITIGATION
  • 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.
  • Represented Ruckus Energy in defense of trade secret claims brought by Blackbeard Operating related to exploration and production in Winkler County, Texas. The case was resolved by settlement prior to trial. Blackbeard Operating, LLC et al. v. Ruckus Energy, Inc. et al., No. 342-316065-20 in Tarrant County’s 342nd District Court.
  • Successfully defeated three rounds of trade secret and breach of contract allegations brought by Ultra Premium Services against OFS International, LLC and related entities. After defeating Ultra’s applications for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in federal court, the first case was settled shortly before trial. Following extensive briefing in two follow-on disputes, Ultra voluntarily dropped and dismissed its pursuit of all remaining claims pending in bankruptcy court and state court.
  • Represented Acantha LLC v. DePuy Synthes Sales and other Johnson & Johnson affiliates in patent infringement suit related to spinal implant devices. No. 15-cv-1257 (E.D. Wisc.).
  • 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, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Robert E. Morley, Jr., et al. v. Square, Inc., et al., No. 10-cv-2243/14-cv-172 (E.D. Mo.).
  • Won jury verdicts of $625.6 million and $302 million on behalf of VirnetX Inc. in its patent infringement lawsuits against Apple Inc. VirnetX, Inc. v. Apple Inc., No. 10-cv-417/12-cv-855 (E.D. Tex.).
  • Won a jury verdict of $532.9 million on behalf of Smartflash LLC in its patent infringement suit against Apple, Inc. Smartflash, LLC v. Apple Inc., No. 13-cv-447 (E.D. Tex.).
COMMERCIAL & OTHER LITIGATION
  • Represents a widow on behalf of herself and her three children in a wrongful death case stemming from a fatal helicopter crash in Leesburg, Florida.
  • Won a jury trial on behalf of Nevada-based emergency room physician groups against United HealthCare for systematic underpayment for emergency room services. After a seven-week trial, the jury awarded $2.65 million for underpayment of claims and an additional $60 million in punitive damages for United Healthcare’s fraud, oppression, and malice against the emergency room physicians. This verdict against a cluster of United Healthcare affiliates will serve as a bellwether for more than two dozen similar cases around the nation against various insurers.
  • Successfully obtained complete dismissal of all claims and sanctions against a key competitor under the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute on behalf of a co-founder of Houston-based real estate private equity firm. The case settled while on appeal. No. 2020-52067 in Harris County’s 215th District Court.
  • Represented a business owner in a fraud and breach of contract suit relating to the sale of his automotive finance and insurance agency business to a large, national competitor. After successfully obtaining dismissal of multiple counterclaims brought by the national competitor, the case was resolved by settlement. Powers v. IAS, No. 6:20-cv-01136 (W.D. Tex.).
  • Represents Targa in a complex fraud and breach of contract dispute against Vitol involving over $200 million in claimed damages, including the successful defense against a $150 million fraud damages claim in a bench trial. The case was one of Texas’s first fully remote complex commercial trials conducted entirely by Zoom. It is currently on appeal.
  • 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, following cross-examination of the 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 a 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).
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
  • “Protective Orders: What You Don’t Know May Hurt You” Houston Bar Association CLE, April 2022
  • “Personal Injury Damages: Addressing Pain and Suffering, Pre-Impact Damages, Conscious Suffering Before Death” webinar, Strafford Publications, April 2022
  • “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 – 2022 Texas Rising Star honors for intellectual property litigation, a list compiled by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business

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