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 prosecuting and defending patent-infringement litigation, trademark litigation, commercial real estate litigation, partnership disputes, closed corporation disputes, professional liability, lender liability, and bankruptcy-related litigation.
He has served companies operating in the electric energy, oil and gas, commercial real estate, marketing and brand management, banking, securities, information technology, retail, and publishing/media industries. Charlie also has a strong understanding of managing e-discovery and related disputes, 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.
Intellectual Property Litigation
- Defended marketing services and event demonstrations provider in a patent-infringement lawsuit involving method patents directed at client’s key services. Litigation settled on terms favorable to client.
- Representation of regional financial institution again patent-infringement claims related to mobile banking software.
- Representation of defendant in patent infringement case in which the patent holder asserted infringement of patent on laser-related technology.
- Representation of a national retailer in multiple patents suit involving a wide range of technologies.
- Representation of generic drug manufacturers in ANDA litigation with respect to dry compounds for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Commercial and Bankruptcy Litigation
- Defended seller of luxury condominium units as lead counsel in dispute with purchasers. Following a week-long arbitration, arbitrator entered a take-nothing award in favor of client condominium seller regarding purchasers’ claims for breach of contract, fraud, and violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
- Represented the owner of a luxury condominium complex pursuing claims for trespass, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of the Texas Theft Liability Act, and fraud by nondisclosure against a former officer of the owner's general partner. Successfully prosecuted all claims and obtained court award in client’s favor in excess of $4.5 million, including exemplary damages. Obtained determination that all awarded damages and fees are non-dischargeable under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
- Defended Debtor's Counsel in post-confirmation litigation. Successfully 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. On appeal, obtained complete reinstatement of bankruptcy-court sanctions in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Fifth Circuit following partial reversal by district court.
- Represented oil and gas debtors in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In case of first impression, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- “Tips on Commonly Overlooked Privilege Issues,” The IP Beacon, October 2012
- "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).
- Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition, 2014
Selected Representative Experience
Kim and Deborah Jones v. Drexel Highlander Limited Partnership, DGP, LLC, and R. Glenn Wiggins, Case No. 71-529-Y-00690-12 in arbitration before the American Arbitration Association (2013, E. Hale Arbitrator)
Represented condominium seller in dispute with purchasers. Following a week-long arbitration, arbitrator entered a take-nothing award in favor of client condominium seller regarding purchasers’ claims for breach of contract, fraud, and violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
Social Sampling, Inc. and Mass Connections, Inc. v. CROSSMARK, Inc., and Shopper Events, LLC, NO. 8:12-cv-01576-CJC (C.D. Cal.)
Successfully represented defendants - national marketing services and event demonstrations providers - in a patent-infringement lawsuit involving method patents directed at clients’ key services. Litigation settled on terms favorable to clients.
Anti-Lothian Bankruptcy Fraud Committee v. Lothian Oil, Inc., 531 Fed. App'x 428 (5th Cir. 2013)
Represented a group of Chapter 11 debtors in a post-confirmation challenge to the debtors' plan of reorganization brought in New York state court. Quickly obtained a bankruptcy-court injunction of the state-court litigation, removed the matter to federal court, and obtained a transfer of venue to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas. Successfully prosecuted claims for more than $2 million in bankruptcy-court sanctions against plaintiffs and plaintiffs' counsel related to their violation of the bankruptcy-court injunction and obtained a complete reinstatement of the bankruptcy-court injunction and sanctions in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit following a partial reversal by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.
Forcible Entry and Detainer Action
Representing commercial property owner in forcible entry and detainer action.
Anti-Lothian Bankruptcy Fraud Committee v. Lothian Oil, Inc., 508 Fed. App'x 352 (5th Cir. 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.
Nelson v. D Magazine Partners, LP, 377 S.W.3d 824 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2012)
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.
05/09/2014 - Federal Circuit Holds Java API Code Copyrightable, Revives Oracle’s Billion-Dollar Suit Against Google
The Federal Circuit today overruled a federal district judge and held that Oracle’s API computer source code qualifies for copyright protection, potentially breathing new life into Oracle’s billion-dollar lawsuit against Google.
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.