Chris L. Gilbert is a trial and business attorney who devotes his practice primarily to high-stakes, complex litigation. The General Counsel for one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world describes Chris as “in the top 5” of all outside counsels. Other clients, as “outstanding,” “responsive,” a “total professional,” delivering “great successes and results” in litigation, a “master strategist and negotiator” and “tough as nails.” Chris uses state-of-the-art legal technology and jury expertise in the courtroom to put his clients in the best position to win at trial or on appeal. Chris makes extensive use of focus groups and mock trials for case evaluation, discovery planning and trial preparation. A jury consultant notes, “Chris’ talent for storytelling and his gift for understanding what is important to jurors make him a very strong advocate for his clients at trial.”
For over 23 years, he has litigated cases across the country in trial and appellate courts from New York to California, as well as multidistrict litigation panels, bankruptcy courts, the International Trade Commission, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, mediations and arbitrations before panels at JAMS, the AAA, the IAC and the ICC, among others. Chris focuses his trial practice on business litigation (particularly protecting the interests of investors), intellectual property, entertainment and art law. Chris has substantial experience in the defense of patent infringement litigation brought by non-practicing entities (NPEs) in numerous venues, including the Eastern District of Texas. Over the years, the total amount in controversy of the cases he has handled is in the billions of dollars. Chris regularly co-counsels with the most prominent law firms and attorneys worldwide forming formidable trial teams on high stakes matters.
Chris also represents business owners and entrepreneurs in business transactions, governance and ventures. As a business attorney, Chris uses the skills he has developed in the courtroom to negotiate for and advise management and board members on corporate governance, transactions and protection of business assets. He routinely provides his expertise in negotiating the sale and purchase of businesses that are subject to litigation or material litigation risk as well as counseling owners and management of distressed companies. The firm has recovered millions of dollars of assets for clients.
Prior to starting Gilbert PC, Chris was a partner in three AmLaw 100 firms – K&L Gates; Patton Boggs and Bryan Cave – serving on numerous committees and also a chair of litigation and intellectual property sections. After law school, Chris began his legal career in the prominent Nashville law firm Boult Cummings Conners & Berry (now Bradley Arant Boult Cummings), where he was a summer associate, associate and partner, before returning to his home state of Texas. While in Nashville, Chris served as the North American Litigation Co-Chair for TAGLaw®, an international alliance of independent law firms recognized as “Elite” in the Chambers Global rankings guide.
Chris is a native Texan whose family settled in Texas in the 1860s. Chris is also an entrepreneur involved in a number of for-profit and charitable ventures. He is a member of the Dallas Business Journal Leadership Trust. Chris is the Chair of The Sam Gilbert Foundation (thesamgilbertfoundation.com) supporting ranching, agribusiness education and the Western lifestyle in honor of his late son Samuel. Chris writes, lectures frequently and has taught seminars on international law at universities in China and in the EU and Canada.
- J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
- Holderness Moot Court
- UNC Banking Law Journal
- B.A., magna cum laude; M.A., Midwestern State University
- Texas 2006
- Tennessee 1999
- State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of Tennessee
- All Federal Courts in Texas and Tennessee; Admitted pro hac vice in Federal and State trial and appellate courts throughout the country
- United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Association
- Nashville Bar Association
- Austin Bar Association
- Tarrant County Bar Association
- The John Marshall American Inn of Court (Barrister)
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy
- Dallas Business Journal Leadership Trust
Chris L. Gilbert and George R. Speckart, Ph.D., Director of Litigation Psychology, Courtroom Sciences Inc., “Gaining a Tactical Advantage in IP Trials Through Focus on Jury Selection,” Inside the Minds: Litigation Strategies for Intellectual Property Cases: Leading Lawyers on Adapting to New Trends, Improving Courtroom Tactics, and Understanding the Impact of Recent Decisions (2009).
Chris L. Gilbert, “From the Courtroom, the Boardroom, to the Capitol: The Current Landscape of Intellectual Property Litigation,” Inside the Minds: Recent Trends in Patent Infringement Lawsuits: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Recent Cases and Constructing Effective Defense Strategies (2011).
Chris L. Gilbert, “The Brave New World of Patent Infringement Litigation: Understanding the Impact of the Legal and Public Relations Attacks on ‘Patent Trolls,'” Inside the Minds: Recent Trends in Patent Infringement Lawsuits: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Recent Cases, Adapting to Changing Standards, and Building an Effective Strategy (2015).
Chris L. Gilbert, “Protecting or Endangering Invention: Keeping Pace with the Changes in Patent Litigation,” Inside the Minds: The Impact of Recent Patent Law Cases and Developments: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Changing Standards, Reviewing New Case Law and Updating Client Strategies (2016).
Inspiring Stories from Central Dallas, Voyage Dallas, October 2017
- Commercial & Business Litigation
- White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations
- Oil & Gas Litigation
- Corporate Governance & Counseling
- Venture Capital & Private Equity
- Intellectual Property Litigation (Trade Secrets, Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Dress & Patents)
- Business Torts
- Asset Recovery & Protection
- Entertainment, Music & Media Law
- Art Law