Jason S. McManis

Associate

Jason S. McManis

Associate

Jason S. McManis is a trial lawyer who helps individuals and businesses with high stakes patent and trade secret disputes and other complex business matters, including fiduciary and partnership litigation and real estate litigation.

Mr. McManis has tried cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, including as lead counsel against one of the largest oil companies in the world. He was a key member of trial teams that have secured some of the largest patent infringement 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 and successfully defended business partners against dissolution and breach of fiduciary duty claims in a jury trial.

In recognition of his work, Mr. McManis was named to the Texas Rising Stars list for the third consecutive year in 2020 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.

Mr. McManis has experience presenting complex intellectual property and business matters to state and federal courts and juries around the country. He has assisted clients in obtaining multiple temporary restraining orders and temporary injunctions protecting against theft of company information and preventing confidential information from being used by his clients’ competitors. Mr. McManis has also defended against similar claims and protected his clients’ rights to continue their business while fighting claims brought by their competitors.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, he attended the National Trial Advocacy College while a third-year law student. Before law school, he graduated from Dartmouth College, where he was a four-year letterman on the baseball team.

Jason S. McManis is a trial lawyer who helps individuals and businesses with high stakes patent and trade secret disputes and other complex business matters, including fiduciary and partnership litigation and real estate litigation.

Mr. McManis has tried cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, including as lead counsel against one of the largest oil companies in the world. He was a key member of trial teams that have secured some of the largest patent infringement 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 and successfully defended business partners against dissolution and breach of fiduciary duty claims in a jury trial.

In recognition of his work, Mr. McManis was named to the Texas Rising Stars list for the third consecutive year in 2020 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.

Mr. McManis has experience presenting complex intellectual property and business matters to state and federal courts and juries around the country. He has assisted clients in obtaining multiple temporary restraining orders and temporary injunctions protecting against theft of company information and preventing confidential information from being used by his clients’ competitors. Mr. McManis has also defended against similar claims and protected his clients’ rights to continue their business while fighting claims brought by their competitors.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, he attended the National Trial Advocacy College while a third-year law student. Before law school, he graduated from Dartmouth College, where he was a four-year letterman on the baseball team.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Represents Targa complex breach of contract dispute against Vitol involving over $200 million in claimed damages. The case is ongoing, Vitol Americas Corp. v. Targa Channelview LLC/Targa Channelview LLC v. Vitol Americas Corp., No. 2018-90859 in Harris County’s 80th District Court.
  • 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 is ongoing, Ultra Premium Services, LLC et al. v. OFS International, LLC et al., No. 19-cv-227 (S.D. Tex.).
  • 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. Gave opening statement for the defense and conducted direct and cross examinations. 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).
  • Represented frac sand mining company Northern Frac Proppants and four shareholders in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Northern Frac Proppants II, its former executives, and Badger Mining Corporation for breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and fraudulent transfer in connection with sale of company’s assets in Wisconsin.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and negotiated a final settlement on behalf of a local 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.
  • Represented a patent owner in a patent infringement lawsuit against a prominent medical device company for infringement of a patent covering an orthopedic implant for joining bone segments.
  • 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

  • “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 – 2020 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 Targa complex breach of contract dispute against Vitol involving over $200 million in claimed damages. The case is ongoing, Vitol Americas Corp. v. Targa Channelview LLC/Targa Channelview LLC v. Vitol Americas Corp., No. 2018-90859 in Harris County’s 80th District Court.
  • 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 is ongoing, Ultra Premium Services, LLC et al. v. OFS International, LLC et al., No. 19-cv-227 (S.D. Tex.).
  • 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. Gave opening statement for the defense and conducted direct and cross examinations. 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).
  • Represented frac sand mining company Northern Frac Proppants and four shareholders in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Northern Frac Proppants II, its former executives, and Badger Mining Corporation for breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and fraudulent transfer in connection with sale of company’s assets in Wisconsin.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and negotiated a final settlement on behalf of a local 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.
  • Represented a patent owner in a patent infringement lawsuit against a prominent medical device company for infringement of a patent covering an orthopedic implant for joining bone segments.
  • 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
  • “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 – 2020 Texas Rising Star honors for intellectual property litigation, a list compiled by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business

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