What we do



We bring energy, focus and determination to your case from day one. With high academic and “biglaw” credentials, robust technical abilities, judicial law clerk experience at federal and state levels, and, most importantly, real and extensive trial experience, our team provides world-class legal counsel in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Waco, East Texas, Chicago, and important federal courts across the country, including those in California, Virginia and Delaware. We represent clients through a variety of fee arrangements, including contingency, flat, hourly and blended fees that account for the specific needs of each engagement.  Though we typically serve clients as lead counsel, we are experienced local counsel in hotbed federal and state courts in Texas and Illinois.


Patent Litigation

We take pride in representing individuals and corporations in patent infringement matters. We offer technical and legal expertise unique in a firm of our size, as we were founded to handle complex patent lawsuits from beginning to end. Our team includes engineers and computer scientists with degrees from top-tier universities, and all of our attorneys have experience with a wide array of technologies, including telecommunications, semiconductors, software, computer security, e-commerce, and medical devices.  Our lawyers have tried numerous patent infringement cases to jury verdict, for plaintiffs and defendants, in many of these areas.

In addition to litigating and trying patent cases, we have successfully negotiated hundreds of license agreements on behalf of our clients, including complex portfolio licenses with leading technology companies.

Inter Partes Review and Covered Business Method Review

Our team provides representation in patent review proceedings before the Patent and Trademark Office, including inter partes reviews (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) reviews. We leverage deep technical knowledge and litigation experience to advocate for our clients when patent validity is on the line. Our attorneys have experience in dozens of IPR and CBM cases before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and we have helped patent owners successfully navigate each type of proceeding.

Intellectual Property Development and Strategy

We build and execute strategic intellectual property initiatives, and we help our clients identify, develop, and protect their intellectual property. Our attorneys are experienced in prosecuting patents and trademarks for individuals and corporations. And when it comes to protecting inventions, our team draws on its technical knowledge and experience “stress testing” patents in litigation to provide a unique perspective on patent prosecution strategy and portfolio development.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Our team thrives on high-stakes commercial litigation and arbitration, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, oil & gas, and bad faith insurance cases.

Employment Litigation

We represent employees and employers in a wide-array of employment litigation in state and federal court, as well as the EEOC and the State Commission on Human Rights. Engagements include race and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, age/disability discrimination, and whistle-blowers. We have tried multiple cases in this area to jury verdict in federal courts. Our work in this area sets us apart from many firms, and our breadth of experience greatly benefits our clients.


Members of the firm are skilled in handling civil and criminal appeals, including appeals and argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Federal Circuits, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and many Texas Courts of Appeal.  We have lawyers who clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Tyler Court of Appeals.


We are results-driven attorneys who value hard work and good judgment. We strive to recruit and retain experienced attorneys and staff who share our values. If you are interested in joining our team, contact us at careers@nelbum.com.