John has been a trial lawyer for more than 20 years. He is a former federal prosecutor who never lost a trial or appeal. John has also represented some of the country’s largest corporations, including Microsoft, Bank of America, ACE Cash Express, and Philip Morris.
“Over the course of my career, I’ve found that my clients truly appreciate the time, effort, and creativity I put into every case. I am here to help you when you need help the most. That is a responsibility I take very seriously. “
Partner, Fitzpatrick, Hagood, Smith & Uhl, LLP, Dallas, Texas (June 2013-June 2014)
Examples of Federal Litigation Experience:
Federal Civil Examples, Representing Plaintiffs:
Landmark Graphics Corp. et. al v. Paradigm Geophysical Corp. et al. , United States District Court, Southern District of Texas (Houston). Successfully represented plaintiffs in patent infringement litigation over a 3-D seismic imaging software patent. Case settled on confidential terms.
NextiraOne v. Inter-tel , Inc. , United States District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan). Successfully represented the plaintiff in a multi-million dollar breach of contract lawsuit over telecommunication equipment. Case settled on confidential terms.
Federal Civil Examples, Representing Defendants:
Multimedia Patent Trust et al. v. Microsoft Corporation , United States District Court, Southern District of California (San Diego). Served as co-trial counsel for Microsoft in a patent infringement case about a video compression patent owned by a trust set up by Alcatel/Lucent. The plaintiff sought actual damages from Microsoft of more than $415 million and future damages that could have reached into the billions. The jury found no liability after a multi-week trial.
DataTreasury Corporation v. Bank of America , United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas (Marshall). Defended Bank of America in one of the largest patent infringement cases in the country. The patent involved check imaging and processing. The plaintiff sued over thirty banks and claimed over a billion dollars in alleged damages from Bank of America alone.
Federal Criminal Examples, Representing the United States:
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If you have not been arrested or charged with a crime, but the police have told you that they would like to talk to you, what do you do? Do not say a thing; let them know you want to use your right to get a lawyer. And do it ASAP.
Whenever you have any dealings with the police, you should be represented by a lawyer. If they are looking for you, if they want to talk to you, if they want to arrest you, or if someone has contacted law enforcement and accused you of a crime, you need a lawyer.
Even if you plan on pleading guilty, it is critical that you hire a criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights. Representing yourself is never a good idea. Even if you plead guilty, you can expect that prosecutors will try to take advantage of your inexperience by only agreeing to a plea deal that is less favorable than they would with a lawyer. Plus, an attorney may be able to spot problems with the government’s case that you would not recognize, like evidence that should be suppressed. Problems like that might result in dismissal of the charges altogether, but just being able to spot them can help negotiate a better deal with a prosecutor. An attorney, especially a former prosecutor like me, can help you protect your rights, evaluate your options, and negotiate with the prosecutors for the most favorable outcome.
In criminal cases, we usually charge a flat rate for everything but trial and a trial fee that is only owed if the case goes to trial. A flat fee means that, no matter how much work the lawyer has to do, you know up front what the fee is going to be. We base our fees on our estimate of the amount of time and work that will be required to defend the case. We are not a factory type of operation, so we generally do not have “grocery store” pricing, in which a given crime costs a set amount regardless of the facts. Each case is different, and we try to tailor our fees to your individual case. That means that we want to find out about your case and that we try to set our fees based on how much work we think your case will take and how complicated it will be.
If you are under investigation, but you have not been charged, we may offer to represent you during the investigation based on an hourly rate with a cost deposit that we bill against. This can benefit you because it can be difficult to predict how much work it will take to represent someone during an investigation, and an hourly rate means that you will only pay for the work done.