Chris L. Gilbert
President & CEO
Chris L. Gilbert is a trial and business attorney who devotes his practice primarily to high-stakes, complex litigation. He uses state-of-the-art legal technology and jury expertise in the courtroom to put his clients in the best position to win at trial or on appeal.
He has litigated across the country in trial and appellate courts from New York to California, as well as multidistrict litigation panels, bankruptcy courts, the International Trade Commission, mediations and arbitrations. He mostly practices in the areas of business litigation, intellectual property, finance and oil and gas. Chris has substantial experience in the defense of patent infringement litigation brought by non-practicing entities (NPEs) in numerous venues, including the Eastern District of Texas. Over the years, the total amount in controversy of the cases he has handled exceeds $770 million.
Chris represents business owners and entrepreneurs in business transactions, governance and ventures. As a business attorney, Chris uses the skills he has developed in the courtroom to negotiate for and advise management and board members on corporate governance, transactions and protection of business assets. He routinely provides his expertise in negotiating the sale and purchase of businesses that are subject to litigation or material litigation risk.
Prior to starting Gilbert PC in 2014, Chris was a partner in three AmLaw 100 firms working out of those firms Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Dallas and Shanghai offices. Chris started his legal career in the prominent Nashville law firm Boult Cummings Conners & Berry PLC before returning to his home state of Texas.
Chris is a native Texan whose family settled in Texas in the 1860s. Chris spends his spare time keeping up with his two children, studying martial arts, hunting and practicing shooting sports. He is active in his local community and supports a number of charities devoted to human rights and conservation. Chris lectures and writes frequently on legal topics and has taught seminars and been a guest lecturer at universities in China.
Chris L. Gilbert and George R. Speckart, Ph.D., Director of Litigation Psychology, Courtroom Sciences Inc., “Gaining a Tactical Advantage in IP Trials Through Focus on Jury Selection,” Inside the Minds: Litigation Strategies for Intellectual Property Cases: Leading Lawyers on Adapting to New Trends, Improving Courtroom Tactics, and Understanding the Impact of Recent Decisions (2009).
Chris L. Gilbert, “From the Courtroom, the Boardroom, to the Capitol: The Current Landscape of Intellectual Property Litigation,” Inside the Minds: Recent Trends in Patent Infringement Lawsuits: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Recent Cases and Constructing Effective Defense Strategies (2011).
Chris L. Gilbert, “The Brave New World of Patent Infringement Litigation: Understanding the Impact of the Legal and Public Relations Attacks on ‘Patent Trolls,'” Inside the Minds: Recent Trends in Patent Infringement Lawsuits: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Recent Cases, Adapting to Changing Standards, and Building an Effective Strategy (2015).
Chris L. Gilbert, “Protecting or Endangering Invention: Keeping Pace with the Changes in Patent Litigation,” Inside the Minds: The Impact of Recent Patent Law Cases and Developments: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Changing Standards, Reviewing New Case Law and Updating Client Strategies (2016).