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Background

David Morris is a trial attorney in Fish & Richardson’s Austin Office. His practice focuses on commercial and intellectual property litigation and also includes inter partes review (IPR) matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Earlier in David’s career, his practice involved general commercial, real estate, and environmental litigation.  Most notably, he was a leader on the legal team that obtained a $23 million arbitration award against Forest Oil Corporation for its wrongful acts on the historic McAllen Ranch (an award that was upheld by the Supreme Court of Texas).

Since joining Fish in 2013, David has expanded his practice to include patent and trade secret litigation.  He has worked extensively on matters involving semiconductor technology, flash memory, handheld devices, software, inkjet printing, genetic testing, oilfield technology, and radio-frequency identification (RFID).  He has also built a significant firearms industry practice in which he counsels clients on IP portfolio development and represents them in a wide range of disputes, including IP and commercial cases as well as constitutional (First Amendment and Second Amendment) litigation.

In addition to his traditional business-focused practice, David provides free legal services to indigent and disabled persons on matters referred by Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas. He has also worked pro bono with other Fish attorneys on a voting rights matter, obtaining a favorable result affecting United States citizens with limited English proficiency (LEP).

Separate from his law practice, David has worked in the safari industry in Zambia, guiding clients and coordinating anti-poaching efforts in a 2.5 million acre wilderness area.

Education

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law 2001
Editorial Board Member, Virginia Environmental Law Journal
Received highest grade awarded in Mass Torts
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B.A., University of Texas at Austin 1998
American Studies
with high honors
Phi Beta Kappa
National Merit Scholar​
​Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Admissions

  • Texas 2001

Other Distinctions

Publications

Federal Copyright Preemption of State Law Claims – Still a Powerful Defense Tool in Commercial Litigation, Fish Litigation Blog, November 2016 (co-author).

When Policies Collide: Protecting Trade Secrets in Texas’s Open Courts, Fish Litigation Blog, March 2016 (co-author).

Exploring the limits of the Texas Anti-SLAPP law: First briefs filed in Schlumberger v. Rutherford appeal, Fish Litigation Blog, November 2014 (author).

A slippery slope? Schlumberger v. Rutherford and implications for future abuse of the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute in trade secret litigation, Fish Litigation Blog, September 2014 (author).

A new bonanza for trade secret plaintiffs in Texas: Eastern District of Texas grants future royalties in place of a permanent injunction, Fish Litigation Blog, July 2014 (author).

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014 (S. 2267) marks the latest attempt at creating a federal civil cause of action for fighting trade secret theft, Fish Litigation Blog, May 2014 (co-author).

Defending decompilation: using Copyright Act preemption to defeat reverse engineering claims in the Fifth Circuit, Fish Litigation Blog, April 2014 (author).

Proposed revised FRCP 37(e) seeks to clarify and standardize handling of ESI spoliation, Fish Litigation Blog, April 2014 (author).

Litigation holds and trade secrets: lessons from Bradford Technologies, Inc. v. NCV Software.com, Fish Litigation Blog, March 2014 (author).

Calling the Cops: The decision to refer trade secret theft for criminal investigation (part two), Fish Litigation Blog, March 2014 (author).

Calling the Cops: The decision to refer trade secret theft for criminal investigation (part one), Fish Litigation Blog, March 2014 (author).

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October 27, 2017
Fish & Richardson Presents Inaugural 2017 Pro Bono Impact Awards
Press Release
Fish Litigation Blog
November 7, 2016
Federal Copyright Preemption of State Law Claims – Still a Powerful Defense Tool in Commercial Litigation
Federal Copyright Preemption of State Law Claims –  Still a Powerful Defense Tool in Commercial Litigation
Authors: Tommy Jacks, David S. Morris
Commercial Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
March 2, 2015
When Policies Collide: Protecting Trade Secrets in Texas’s Open Courts
When Policies Collide: Protecting Trade Secrets in Texas’s Open Courts
Authors: Tommy Jacks, David S. Morris
Commercial Litigation
Trade Secrets
Fish Litigation Blog
November 25, 2014
Exploring the limits of the Texas Anti-SLAPP law: First briefs filed in Schlumberger v. Rutherford appeal
Author: David S. Morris
Commercial Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
September 18, 2014
A slippery slope? Schlumberger v. Rutherford and implications for future abuse of the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute in trade secret litigation.
Author: David S. Morris
Commercial Litigation
Trade Secrets
Fish Litigation Blog
July 17, 2014
A new bonanza for trade secret plaintiffs in Texas: Eastern District of Texas grants future royalties in place of a permanent injunction
Author: David S. Morris
IP Litigation
Trade Secrets
Fish Litigation Blog
May 16, 2014
The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014 (S. 2267) marks the latest attempt at creating a federal civil cause of action for fighting trade secret theft
Authors: Tommy Jacks, David S. Morris
Commercial Litigation
Trade Secrets
Fish Litigation Blog
April 23, 2014
Defending decompilation: using Copyright Act preemption to defeat reverse engineering claims in the Fifth Circuit
Author: David S. Morris
IP Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
April 22, 2014
Proposed revised FRCP 37(e) seeks to clarify and standardize handling of ESI spoliation
Author: David S. Morris
IP Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
March 27, 2014
Litigation holds and trade secrets: lessons from Bradford Technologies, Inc. v. NCV Software.com
Author: David S. Morris
IP Litigation
Trade Secrets
Fish Litigation Blog
March 7, 2014
Calling the Cops: The decision to refer trade secret theft for criminal investigation (part two)
Author: David S. Morris
IP Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
March 4, 2014
Calling the Cops: The decision to refer trade secret theft for criminal investigation (part one)
Author: David S. Morris
IP Litigation
Trade Secrets
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