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David Arthur Skeels

Patent infringement Attorney at Fort Worth, TX

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Patent infringement
    70%
    Representation of plaintiffs and defendants, inventors and entrepreneurs, start-ups and publicly traded companies in high-stakes patent litigation.

    9 years

  2. Entertainment
    10%
    Representation of artists, recording artists, authors, and athletes, including Olympians and other professional athletes.

    9 years

  3. Intellectual property
    10%
    Litigation and business advice on matters involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and rights of publicity.

    9 years

  4. Oil and gas
    10%
    Complex litigation involving oil and gas leases, drillers, producers, mineral interest owners, and land use.

    9 years

David’s second career, as an intellectual properly lawyer, follows a career in professional baseball that spanned five seasons.  His journey as a minor-league catcher and coach in the Seattle Mariners, Oakland A’s, and Texas Rangers organizations has been chronicled by multiple publications, including Baylor Law School’s Rocket Docket, which described his adventure as a member of New Zealand’s 2012 World Baseball Classic team.  At age 39, after a 12-year hiatus from competitive baseball, David traveled to New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan for training camp, exhibition games, and, ultimately, the WBC Qualifying Tournament – where New Zealand fell to Taiwan in the Championship game.

 

David’s passion to compete and win has translated well into his legal pursuits. Since 2003, David has enjoyed litigating complex cases across multiple fields, including intellectual property, business, oil and gas, sports and entertainment, and consumer-related matters.

 

David has successfully tried cases in both state and federal court -- in Texas and outside of Texas. Since 2007, he has focused the vast majority of his time and efforts representing plaintiffs in high-stakes patent litigation. He was elected by his fellow IP lawyers to serve as Chair of the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section from 2009 to 2010.

 

David has been accorded the highest Peer Review Rating™ by Martindale-Hubbell®: AV Preeminent®.

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Location

Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC
301 Commerce Street
Suite 3500
Fort Worth, TX, 76102

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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2015
Integrity and Dedication!
David provided invaluable counsel in crucial decision-making, while navigating our company through an emotionally tense and difficult business transition. His advice was accurate and timely - because he truly cares about his clients - and he intently looked out for our best interests. His tact in handling the various parties was beneficial to everyone involved. We could not recommend him more highly!
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2015
Integrity and Dedication
David provided invaluable counsel in crucial decision-making, while navigating our company through an emotionally tense and difficult business transition. His advice was accurate and timely - because he truly cares about his clients - and he intently looked out for our best interests. His tact in handling the various parties was beneficial to everyone involved. We could not recommend him more highly!
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2015
Exceptional Lawyer
I had the pleasure of working with David on a complex litigation from inception through appeal. David's firm represented my company and from the first day of working with David, I was impressed with his intelligence, integrity and dedication to the case. He is a tireless worker with a charming personality that will do whatever it takes to help his clients. I look forward to possibly working with David in the future and would not hesitate to recommend him to others.
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Posted by Chad | March 19, 2015
Smart, Honorable and Skilled
I never expected to need an attorney to represent me but when I did I am so glad I hired David Skeels. I knew from the moment we began his only focus was on my well being and his desire to get me the best outcome was obvious. I also knew right away he was highly skilled at developing the right strategy that was consistent with my goals as well as my values. When we made a decision we were confident it was the best path to take. During a very difficult time for me and my family David was professional, caring and one great attorney. I couldn't have been more pleased with the overall results or the manner in which we sought after them. I give David Skeels my highest recommendation. CAJ
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Posted by Lisa | March 17, 2015
David S.
David was wonderful to work with both as a professional and as a human being. He put in the long night hours and got the job done well. I would happily work with him again any time.
Posted by Seth | March 17, 2015
The right attorney for our family!
My wife and I hired David Skeels to help us fight our insurance company--we have a special needs child and the insurance company was wrongfully denying claims. David was very patient with us and educated us along the way. While insurance law wasn't his specialty, he quickly became very adept and versed in all the legalities and our rights. I would highly recommend contacting David Skeels with any legal situation--not just patent law--he truly cared about us, our child and our situation. He was upfront and honest with us as to what we could expect throughout the entire process. He helped us get through a very tough period of our lives by handling our legal battles for us. You would be wise to give David Skeels a call!
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Posted by Greg | March 16, 2015
Maturity & Guidance
Personally I have found, all to often, people will say exactly what you want to hear. Often those words are forgotten by both parties. Working with David was more then just an eye opener for me. It was a relief off my shoulders. Not only did he ask me all the right questions, he looked even further, dug a little harder. His ability to stay on task was commendable. For those of you that will be reading this, please know he called when he said he would, found pertinent information that was needed, gave me the knowledge I was looking for. From our conversations I immediately got the feeling of David's guidance and maturity. It was like his main focus to help benefit my needs. I believe his overall rating is excellent because he fulfilled them.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Practicing Shareholder
  • Friedman, Suder & Cooke, PC
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Sawyer, LLP
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Minor league hitting and catching instructor
  • Texas Rangers Baseball Club
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Minor league catcher
  • Oakland Athletics Baseball Club
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Minor league catcher
  • Seattle Mariners Baseball Club
  • 1996 - 1998
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Education

  • Baylor University School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2003
  • University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • Bachelor's
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Zhang et al. v. HTC Development, Inc., et al. (401st Dist. Court, Collin County, Texas)
  • After 5-day jury trial, Court entered Final Judgment in favor of Plaintiffs and against Defendants.
  • Pure Data Sys., LLC v. Ubisoft, Inc., 329 F. Supp. 3d 1054 (N.D. Cal.)
  • After successful presentation at oral argument, Ubisoft's Alice motion was denied.
  • Pure Data Sys., LLC v. Elec. Arts, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118349 (C.D. Cal.)
  • After successful presentation at oral argument, EA's Alice motion was denied.
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Associations

  • Federalist Society
  • Treasurer, Fort Worth Lawyers Chapter
  • 2019 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Christ Chapel Bible Church
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Eldon B. Mahon American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2017 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyer, following vote by peers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Included on list of "Top Attorneys"
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2014
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyer, following vote by peers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Named a Super Lawyer–Rising Star, following vote by peers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2013
  • Named a Super Lawyer–Rising Star, following vote by peers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2012
  • Named a Super Lawyer–Rising Star, following vote by peers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2011
  • Named a Super Lawyer–Rising Star, following vote by peers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2009
  • Named a Super Lawyer–Rising Star, following vote by peers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2008
  • Named a Super Lawyer–Rising Star, following vote by peers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2007
  • Named a Super Lawyer–Rising Star, following vote by peers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2006
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Publications

  • 15th Annual State Bar of Texas Advanced Patent Litigation Seminar
  • How to Secure Injunctive Relief in Patent Cases
  • 2019
  • Texas Monthly
  • Defamation Liability for Blog Hosts
  • 2009
  • Baylor Law Review
  • The DTPA's Professional Services Exemption: Let 'em be Doctors and Lawyers and Such (55 Baylor L. Rev. 783)
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Patent Litigation
  • How to Secure Injunctive Relief in Patent Cases
  • 2019
  • City Club Speaker Series
  • Baseball & the Supreme Court: Indispensable & Inseparable Institutions
  • 2018
  • Texas A&M Law School: Center for Law and Intellectual Property
  • Impact of Recent Cases and the America Invents Act on Patent Litigation Practice
  • 2014
  • Baylor Law School: Practice Perspectives
  • A Day in the Life of an IP Lawyer
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse David
Patent infringement Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David, is a very talented trial lawyer and a well- known patent litigator with superb skills. He also has the highest integrity and is a true gentleman and consummate advocate."
Patent infringement Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Other
"David combines exceptional practical skills, deep mastery of intellectual property law, and creativity to bear in every matter, big or small. I have had the good fortune to work with him and witness firsthand how he raises the entire team's A game."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very good trial lawyer. Excellent analysis and presentation. A "detail" lawyer. Also, a team player and one you want on your team."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David has incredible mastery of the facts of even the most complicated case, and a nuanced grasp of the law. Add to that his exceptional writing and organizational skills, and David is an attorney that any client should be glad to retain."
Litigation
Intellectual property
Patent infringement
Commercial real estate
Patent infringement

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Fort Worth Patent infringement Lawyer David Arthur Skeels
David Arthur Skeels
Patent infringement Attorney
Fort Worth, TX
Licensed for 20 years