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Benton Williams

Benton Williams

Benton Williams maintains a broad business and commercial law practice that focuses on business and intellectual property litigation, including trademarks and trade secrets. Benton represents plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts across Texas, including public and privately-held businesses as well as individuals. He was most recently selected to the 2019 Texas Rising Stars list (a Thomson Reuters publication), an annual selection awarded only to 2.5% of all attorneys in the state of Texas.

As a Dallas native, Benton and his wife are active members of the city’s philanthropic community. Benton serves on the board of directors for local charities, scholarship panels, and non-profit organizations across the city.

Admissions

  • Texas, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Education

  • J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2009
  • Post Graduate Scholarship, Georgetown University, 2005
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Oklahoma, 2005

Affiliations

  • Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Barrister (2017-Present)
  • Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Associate (2015-2016)
  • American Bar Association, Committee on Trademark Litigation\
  • American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, Committee on Model Patent Jury Instructions
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Committee on Patent Litigation
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Committee on Trademark Litigation
  • Federal Bar Association, Dallas Chapter
  • State Bar of Texas, Business Litigation Section
  • Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation Section

Representative Cases

  • Huffmaster v. Autoflex Leasing, Inc., 2019 WL 3955782 (Tex. App.—Dallas Aug. 22, 2019, no pet.) (Burns, C.J.) (regarding arbitration of trade secret claims)
  • Autoflex Leasing—Dallas I, LLC v. Sunmark Federal Credit Union, 3:18-CV-01105-S (N.D. Tex. Sept. 13, 2018) (Scholer, J.) (obtained permanent injunction in trademark infringement action on behalf of national auto dealer)
  • Fox Bend Development Associates, Ltd., et al. v. Ennis, 2018 WL 4003311 (N.D. Tex. Aug. 17, 2018) (Godbey, J.) (obtained involuntary dismissal of shareholder derivative action on behalf of controlling shareholder of Irish corporation)
  • Springboards to Education, Inc. v. W.W. Grainger, Inc., et al., 2017 WL 6025332 (N.D. Tex. Dec. 5, 2017) (Fitzwater, J.) (regarding trademark litigation)
  • Madison Avenue Properties, et al. v. Oak Cliff Soc. Club, et al., 2017 WL 4546077 (Tex. App.—Dallas Oct. 12, 2017, no pet.) (Myers, J.) (regarding commercial real estate litigation)
  • Autoflex Leasing—Dallas I, LLC v. Autoflex, LLC, et al., 121 U.S.P.Q.2d 1847 (N.D. Tex. Feb. 23, 2017) (Fitzwater, J.) (regarding jurisdiction and venue in trademark litigation)
  • Red Dog Mobile Shelters, LLC v. Kat Industries., et al., 664 Fed.Appx. 905 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 3, 2016) (Taranto, C.J.) (affirming summary judgment of non-infringement in patent litigation)
  • Red Dog Mobile Shelters, LLC v. Kat Industries., et al., 2015 WL 5896124 (N.D. Tex. Oct. 6, 2015) (Kinkeade, J.) (obtained summary judgment of non-infringement in patent litigation seeking damages in excess of $20MM)
  • Bennett, et al. v. E.On Climate & Renewables North America, et al., 2015 WL 5472497 (N.D. Tex. Sept. 17, 2017) (Solis, J.) (regarding removal jurisdiction)
  • Chirinda v. North Texas Housing Coalition, et al., Cause No. 3:13-cv-00490-D (N.D. Tex. Aug. 2, 2013) (Fitzwater, C.J.) (obtained denial of class certification in employment litigation)