Chase A. Cobern

Senior Associate
Litigation
Dallas
(972) 628-3625

Chase A. Cobern is a lawyer and CPA with a passion for clear and persuasive arguments. He practices in MWM’s litigation group with an emphasis on appellate matters. A legal writing enthusiast, Mr. Cobern has led briefing efforts on high-stakes issues in every phase of civil litigation, from pretrial dismissal to review before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Cobern understands the difference that effective written advocacy can make for clients and courts alike. In 2020, as a principal author of appellate briefs in Galderma Laboratories L.P. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., No. 19-2396 (Fed. Cir.), Mr. Cobern helped an international pharmaceutical company secure a rare reversal of an adverse judgment on the briefing alone, reviving patent protection and restoring the company’s market leadership.

Mr. Cobern knows how to master the details of an appellate record because he is often involved in creating and preserving it at trial. In 2021, Mr. Cobern served as lead associate on a trial team that secured a federal jury verdict of $85.9 million in damages for trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract in AMS Sensors USA Inc. v. Renesas Electronics America Inc., No. 4:08-cv-00451 (E.D. Tex.). Mr. Cobern argued the jury charge and preserved and presented arguments on a range of legal issues throughout the two-week trial.

Mr. Cobern graduated with honors from SMU Dedman School of Law, where he served on the executive committee of the SMU Law Review Association and was elected editor in chief of the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. While in law school, Mr. Cobern worked and wrote for judges in federal district court and Texas appellate court.

Outside the office, Mr. Cobern enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, and their three children (Nolan, Quinn, and Cal).

Representative Matters

  • Defending streaming technology company in patent litigation (E.D. Tex.)
  • Defending healthcare technology company in patent litigation, resulting in dismissal on the pleadings and invalidation of all asserted claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101 (now on appeal) (E.D. Tex. / Fed. Cir.)
  • Representing optoelectronic sensor company in trade secret litigation, resulting in 8-figure jury verdict (now in post-trial and appellate phase) (E.D. Tex. / Fed. Cir.)
  • Representing commercial roofing company in First Amendment challenge to statute (Tex.)
  • Representing inertial sensor company in patent litigation in post-trial and appellate proceedings (Fed. Cir. / S. Ct.)
  • Defending oil and gas exploration company in securities litigation in post-trial and appellate proceedings, resulting in reversal of adverse judgment on appeal (now on subsequent appeal) (Colo.)
  • Represented international pharmaceutical company in patent litigation (ANDA) against generic competitors, resulting in reversal of adverse judgment on appeal (D. Del. / Fed. Cir.)
  • Represented automated vending retailer in patent litigation against competitors, resulting in favorable settlement (D. Del.)

Education

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2016
Juris Doctorate
Honors: cum laude; SMU Law Review
Abilene Christian University, 2013
Master of Accountancy
Abilene Christian University, 2012
B.B.A.
Magna Cum Laude

Associations & Memberships

State Bar of Texas

Federalist Society

Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Woodward White, Inc.
2021 – 2022

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Guest Lecturer, “Effective Legal Writing for Associates,” Advanced Legal Writing Course, University of Texas School of Law (2018, 2020)

A Slip of the Tongue: How the Supreme Court Placed Airline Immunity in the Clouds,
80 J. Air L. & Com. 249 (2015)

 

 

 

Focus Areas

Supreme Court & Appellate Practice

Patent Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Trade Secret Litigation

Media & First Amendment Litigation