Ed Nelson III



Ed is a founding partner of the firm whose practice concentrates on patent infringement and technology-based, complex commercial litigation. He has extensive trial court, arbitration, and appellate experience, including a substantial willful patent infringement verdict against Apple Inc. in the Eastern District of Texas.     Edward_R_Nelson_III-LT-250  

Ed first litigated intellectual property matters at McKool Smith in Dallas and has since served as lead counsel on numerous patent enforcement matters for an array of clients across the country. He specializes in multi-faceted, portfolio-based litigation campaigns and welcomes the challenge of implementing deployment strategies adapted to each engagement’s inimitable circumstances.

Ed received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1996 and served as a law clerk to the Honorable James Baker on the Texas Supreme Court. He graduated from Texas Christian University in 1993, magna cum laude. While at TCU, he was nominated to, and inducted into, The Phi Beta Kappa Society. In addition to numerous leadership positions in student governance, Ed published his honors thesis in the field of Economics and enjoyed creative writing acclaim with top awards in the Southwest Literature and Lorraine Shirley Portfolio Competitions.

He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal and Fifth Circuits, the Court of Federal Claims, all Texas Districts, the District of Colorado, and the Eastern District of Michigan. He is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation, and serves multiple, other civic and legal organizations.


  • University of Texas – Austin
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Texas Christian University
  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Antitrust and Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Oil & Gas Litigation
  • Commercial and Residential Construction Litigation
  • Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • State of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Honors & Professional Associations

  • Named Texas Super Lawyer, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 (a Thomson Reuters service)
  • AV® Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated for Legal Ability and General Ethical Standards™
  • Named to Fort Worth Magazine’s Top Attorney List, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, and 2020
  • Named to 360West Magazine’s Top Attorney List, 2017
  • Named Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (a Thomson Reuters service)
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Texas Christian University – Clark Society Board of Directors, former Chairman + Scholarship Chair
  • Texas Christian University – Chancellor’s Council
  • Fort Worth Country Day School – Advancement Committee, Keystone Council, Annual Fund Chair

*Not licensed to practice in Illinois.