Don Jackson

Practices

Industries

Special Focuses

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1993, with honors; Order of the Coif; Article and Notes Editor, Texas International Law Journal; E. Ernest Goldstein Best Editor Award

Chemical Engineer, M.S.Ch.E., University of Houston, 1984

B.S., Southern Methodist University, 1981, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Texas

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Languages

English

German

Profile

Don Jackson has more than 20 years of wide-ranging litigation experience with particular emphasis on energy industry and intellectual property matters. His energy litigation experience includes disputes over royalties, prudent operations, lease terminations, joint operating agreements, product liability, and removal of the operator. Don's intellectual property litigation experience includes patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. He also has extensive experience representing industry-leading companies in lawsuits involving business torts, eminent domain, and defamation.

Don is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in Product Liability Litigation, 2012-2015. He was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources, Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2013-2014. Don was selected for inclusion in Houston Business Journal's list of Who's Who in Energy, 2013. Don also has a peer rating of AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 by Martindale Hubbell.

Before law school, Don was an engineer for Exxon and developed oil and gas fields in Texas and Alaska. He received a Texas professional engineer's license, has degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and is a registered patent attorney.

Recent Publications

  • "Things that Go Bump in the Night: Litigation Risks that Leave Oil and Gas CEOs Sleepless," co-author, Oil & Gas Monitor, October 6, 2014.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Houston Bar Association, Chair, Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Section (2010-2011)
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow

Selected Client Representations

  • Lead counsel for an offshore platform operator suing a lifeboat vendor for warranty claims and obtained a substantial recovery.
  • Co-counsel for a refining technology company and obtained a permanent injunction and damages against a former executive who misappropriated a trade secret catalyst formula.
  • As lead counsel, defended world’s largest fertilizer manufacturer and obtained complete dismissal of claims for breach of contract and tortious interference.
  • As lead counsel, represented small independent operator damaged by defective well casing and obtained substantial settlements from multiple supply chain defendants.
  • As co-counsel, represented small independent against major operator for joint operating agreement violations and obtained substantial settlement from defendant buyer and seller of multi-million dollar working interests.
  • As lead counsel, represented pipeline affiliate of supermajor energy company in arbitration and recovered $4.3 million arbitration award against manufacturer of defective valves.
  • As lead counsel, defended start-up oilfield service company and former employees of rival oilfield service company in trade secret/fiduciary duty dispute and achieved "walk-away" after filing counterclaims against the former employer.
  • As lead counsel, prosecuted major energy company's trademark infringement claim and obtained permanent injunction resulting in elimination of defendant's website.
  • Partnered with other law firms as a team leader to represent the world's largest contract semiconductor manufacturer in trade secret litigation to obtain a $200 million settlement for the client.
  • As lead counsel, represented independent oil and gas operator in multiple lease termination disputes and negotiated lease extensions.
  • As lead counsel for a small independent oil and gas operator, obtained favorable settlement of cost overrun disputes with working interest owners.
  • As lead counsel, represented small independent working interest owner and successfully removed the operator for misappropriating joint interest funds.
  • Defended European software provider in patent infringement lawsuit and obtained favorable settlement after initial discovery and reexamination of patents.
  • Represented world's largest energy drink provider in trademark infringement lawsuit and obtained permanent injunction and damages.
  • Represented small independent oil and gas company in dispute with operator over offshore plugging and abandoning costs.
  • Defended major chemical company in patent infringement lawsuit and obtained favorable settlement.
  • Represented small independent working interest owner and obtained favorable settlement against operator, a major energy company, in dispute over damaged wells and breach of operating agreement.
  • As lead counsel, represented major Japanese machinery manufacturer in trade secret litigation against former employees and secured permanent injunction.
  • Defended gas marketing affiliate of supermajor energy company accused of fraud and obtained favorable settlement after month-long jury trial.
  • As lead counsel, defended nation's second largest energy trading company accused of copyright infringement and obtained favorable settlement after filing summary judgment motion.
  • As lead counsel in trademark infringement lawsuit represented nation's largest funeral service company and obtained permanent injunction and damages.
  • As lead counsel for trading affiliate of supermajor energy company obtained favorable settlement of claims against major energy company for underpayment of oil purchases.
  • Represented gas marketing affiliate of supermajor energy company in consumer class action that resulted in dismissal.
  • Lead counsel at trial and on appeal for the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee - permanent injunction against defendant affirmed. Kubala v. Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for the Supreme Court of Texas, 133 S.W.3d 790 (Tex. App. -Texarkana 2004, no pet.).
  • Represented pipeline affiliate of supermajor energy company in numerous eminent domain cases and obtained rights-of-way.
  • Defended book publisher and authors in defamation suit at trial and on appeal, resulting in take nothing judgment. Harvest House v. The Local Church, 190 S.W.3d 204 (Tex. App. -Houston [1st Dist.] 2006, pet. denied).  

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