Chase A. Cobern is a lawyer and CPA with a passion for identifying, developing, and presenting clients’ legal arguments as clearly and persuasively as possible. He practices in MWM’s litigation group with an emphasis on appellate matters. An enthusiast for effective written advocacy, Mr. Cobern has led briefing efforts on high-stakes issues in every phase of civil litigation, from dispositive motions to review before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a seasoned oral advocate, having successfully argued appeals in both federal and state courts.

In Repifi Vendor Logistics, Inc. v. IntelliCentrics, Inc., No. 2021-1906 (Fed. Cir. 2022) (Opinion) (Oral Argument), Mr. Cobern authored briefs and presented oral argument that successfully persuaded an appellate court to invalidate a patent as ineligible under 35 U.S.C. §101 at the pleadings stage, resulting in early dismissal of costly patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas.

In Repifi Vendor Logistics, Inc. v. IntelliCentrics, Inc., No. 2021-1906 (Fed. Cir. 2022) (Opinion) (Oral Argument), Mr. Cobern authored briefs and presented oral argument that successfully persuaded an appellate court to invalidate a patent as ineligible under 35 U.S.C. §101 at the pleadings stage, resulting in early dismissal of costly patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas.

In Stonewater Roofing, Ltd. Co. v. Texas Department of Insurance, 641 S.W.3d 794 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2022) (Opinion) (Oral Argument pt. 1pt. 2), Mr. Cobern authored briefs and presented oral argument that successfully persuaded an appellate court to reverse a lower court’s dismissal of constitutional challenges to a Texas statute under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The appellate court not only reinstated the constitutional challenges but held that the challenged statute must face strict scrutiny on remand, rendering it presumptively invalid.

In AMS Sensors USA Inc. v. Renesas Electronics America Inc., No. 4:08-cv-00451 (E.D. Tex. 2021) (Article), 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. Mr. Cobern argued the jury charge and preserved and presented arguments on a range of legal issues throughout the two-week trial.

In Galderma Laboratories L.P. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., No. 19-2396 (Fed. Cir. 2020) (Opinion), Mr. Cobern authored briefs that persuaded an appellate court to reverse an adverse judgment on the briefing alone, reviving an international pharmaceutical company’s patent protection and restoring its market leadership.

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

  • Defending international pharmaceutical company in litigation involving claims of patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, trade dress infringement, and unfair competition (D. Del.)
  • Representing optoelectronic sensor company in trade secret and contract litigation, resulting in 8-figure jury verdict (now in post-trial and appellate phase) (E.D. Tex. / Fed. Cir.)
  • Defending streaming technology company in patent litigation (E.D. Tex.)
  • Representing commercial roofing company in First Amendment challenge to statute (Tex.)
  • 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.)
  • Defended healthcare technology company in patent litigation, resulting in dismissal on the pleadings and invalidation of all asserted claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101 (E.D. Tex. / Fed. Cir.)
  • Represented inertial sensor company in patent litigation in post-trial and appellate proceedings (Fed. Cir. / S. Ct.)
  • 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.)

  • Attys See Possible Threat in Texas Adjuster Speech Suit, Law360, November 3, 2023.
  • Guest Lecturer, “Effective Legal Writing for Associates,” Advanced Legal Writing Course, University of Texas School of Law (2018-2022)
  • A Slip of the Tongue: How the Supreme Court Placed Airline Immunity in the Clouds,
    80 J. Air L. & Com. 249 (2015)

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MWM defends Free Speech at the Texas Supreme Court

On October 26, MWM’s Chase Cobern argued at the Supreme Court of Texas on behalf of Stonewater Roofing, a group of commercial roofing professionals in Texas. Stonewater is represented by Michael McCabe and Chase on behalf of MWM. The case involves Stonewater’s challenge to provisions of the Texas Insurance Code under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment

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13 Munck Wilson Mandala Lawyers Named 2024 Ones to Watch List

Munck Wilson Mandala is pleased to announce that 13 lawyers have been included in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, a publication that recognizes up-and-coming attorneys for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice. The majority of the MWM attorneys featured on this year’s list have been named to the list annually

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Munck Wilson Mandala Verdict Listed Among 2021 Top 20 Verdicts

TopVerdict reviews cases that were tried in either state or federal courts of Texas to determine the top 20 verdicts each year. The same verdict was also listed as a Top 100 Verdict of 2021 by The National Law Journal, which will publish its Top 100 Verdicts in the July publication. In early March 2022,

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9 Munck Wilson Mandala Lawyers Named to 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Lawyers recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing. Munck Wilson Mandala would like to congratulate the following lawyers

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13 Munck Wilson Mandala Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America©; 8 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

The MWM attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers in America© are managing partner William Munck, who has been recognized annually since 2011, chair of the litigation practice Jamil Alibhai, litigation partner Kelly Chen, IP partner Greg Howison, chair of the corporate law practice Larry Mandala, co-chair of the employment and labor practice Michael McCabe, chair of

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Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, JD

cum laude

Abilene Christian University, MA

Accountancy

Abilene Christian University, BBA

Business Administration

magna cum laude

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Federalist Society
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
    2021-2024
  • Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters
    2023

Texas, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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

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

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

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