Charlie Jones is an associate in the Intellectual Property and Business Litigation Practice Groups in the Dallas Office of Haynes and Boone.
Charlie's practice focuses on commercial and intellectual property litigation in both state and federal courts. His experience is diverse, having served companies facing a wide range of legal matters in multiple industries. Charlie's recent experience includes partnership disputes, closed corporation disputes, professional liability, lender liability, bankruptcy-related litigation, patent infringement litigation, and trademark litigation. He has served companies operating in the oil and gas, commercial real estate, banking, information technology, retail, and publishing/media industries. Charlie also has a strong understanding of managing e-discovery, including controlling the associated costs on an up-front basis, in both federal and Texas state courts.
Prior to attending law school, Charlie worked for an international pharmaceutical manufacturer providing quality assurance and control in support of the development and manufacture of sterile injectables. Charlie developed a strong working knowledge of chemistry, microbiology and mycology as well as a particular interest in botany while pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas.
- Continued representation of generic drug manufacturers in ANDA litigation with respect to dry compounds for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
- Representation of a national retailer in multiple patents suit involving a wide range of technologies.
- Defense of Debtor's Counsel in Post-Confirmation Litigation - Obtained complete dismissal with prejudice of contract, tort, fraud and malpractice claims alleging more than $70 million in damages in a post-confirmation adversary proceeding while securing more than $2 million in bankruptcy court sanctions against plaintiffs and plaintiffs' counsel.
- Representation of Oil and Gas Debtors in the Fifth Circuit - In case of first impression before the Fifth Circuit, successfully obtained reversal of the district court's finding that a non-insider creditor's claims could not be recharacterized as equity and affirmation of the bankruptcy court's recharacterization decision.
- Defendant's Judgment Regarding Mineral Rights Dispute - Assisted in obtaining a final judgment dismissing plaintiff's claims for reformation of a deed and declaratory judgment and awarding full amount of attorneys' fees and expenses incurred in defending against those claims.
- Assisted on patent infringement case in which the patent holder is asserting infringement of patent on laser-related technology.
- Representation of a major U.S. bank in a lender liability lawsuit arising out of the financial collapse of Adelphia Communications Corporation.
- Representation of a regional news magazine in a libel suit resulting in summary judgment in favor of the publication.
- Assisted in successful representation of a commercial real estate agent resulting in a complete summary judgment awarding damages resulting from unpaid commission owed by former owner of an office building.
- "Keep E-Discovery Costs From Torpedoing a Litigation Budget," Texas Lawyer guest article, November 2011.
- "Heightened Federal Pleading Standard After Iqbal," The Dicta, Vol. 26, No. 12, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, December 2009.
- "Guilty of What? Unanimous Verdicts in Texas: Developing a Test to Distinguish Between Acts Constituting One Offense and Acts Constituting Separate Offenses," 40 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 391 (2008).
Selected Representative Experience
Forcible Entry and Detainer Action
Representing commercial property owner in forcible entry and detainer action.
Anti-Lothian Bankruptcy Fraud Committee v. Lothian Oil, Inc., --Fed. Appx.--, No. 11-51082, 2013 WL 264337 (5th Cir. Jan. 23, 2013)
Represented a group of Chapter 11 debtors in a post-confirmation challenge to the debtors' plan of reorganization and a related claim for disgorgement of fees paid to the debtors' professionals. Successfully defended the plan and professional payments against claims of fraud and professional negligence and obtained complete appellate victories in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Jeffrey Nelson, et al. v. D Magazine, et al.
Obtained summary judgment on First Amendment and statutory defenses in lawsuit alleging libel libel per se, republication, defamation, tortious interference with employment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress against magazine publisher, author, and current and former police officers. Prevailed on appeal in the Fifth District Court of Appeals.
Indiana Charitable Trust v. Trevor Rees-Jones
Successfully represented oil and gas entrepreneur in federal court lawsuit alleging fraud-based claims based on redemption of LLC membership interests. Obtained dismissal of all claims on personal jurisdiction grounds.
Grossman v. Lothian Oil Incorporated (In re Lothian Oil, Inc.), 650 F.3d. 539 (5th Cir. 2011)
In a case of first impression, persuaded the Fifth Circuit to reverse the district court's finding that a non-insider creditor's claims could not be recharacterized as equity, and instead affirm the bankruptcy court's recharacterization decision.
10/12/2012 - The IP Beacon, October 2012
A Haynes and Boone Newsletter highlighting current issues in Intellectual Property Law.
10/03/2012 - Tips on Commonly Overlooked Privilege Issues
The interpretation and application of the attorney-client privilege and the work-product protection are some of the most difficult—and contested—areas of any lawsuit.
09/09/2011 - Texas Lawyer Guest Article: Keep E-Discovery Costs From Torpedoing a Litigation Budget
Opposing counsel has just served requests for production, seeking electronic data from the past 10 years, including data stored on legacy systems, backup tapes and disaster recovery systems.
12/01/2009 - Heightened Federal Pleading Standard After Iqbal
Re-published with permission of Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, The Dicta,
December 2009 (www.dayl.com
03/31/2009 - Hot Branding News, Spring 2009
"Hot Branding News" is a quarterly newsletter highlighting current issues and updates prepared by the lawyers in the Franchise and Distribution Group of Haynes and Boone.
11/20/2008 - Fall 2008 Haynes and Boone IP Beacon Newsletter
Intellectual Property articles and news from the Haynes and Boone IP lawyers.
11/11/2008 - The New Texas Anti-Phishing Act
Phishing involves the use of deceptive websites and emails to obtain sensitive personal information. The Anti-Phishing Act, effective April 1, 2009, will attempt to curb this growing problem by creating a cause of action against a person for the fraudulent use or possession of identifying information obtained via misleading websites, domain names, or e-mails.