Chaz De La Garza is an AV rated lawyer with close to forty years of trial experience, specializing in complex litigation involving patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright and contract issues. He has a demonstrable record of success in jury and bench trials in state and federal courts.  He also counsels clients on pre-litigation strategy, ADR including mediation and arbitration, licensing strategy and numerous other IP and business dispute matters.

Education

  • B.S.ChE. Lamar University (1970)
  • J.D., cum laude, South Texas College of Law (1976)
  • Basic Mediation Training
    • (40 hours in accord with Texas Alternative 
Dispute Resolution Act, Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 154.052)
    • The Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, The University of Texas School of Law (2006)

Legal and Technical Experience

  • Arnold White & Durkee (January 1976 – February 2000)
    • Associate, Shareholder and Managing Shareholder of firm’s Minneapolis office
  • South Texas College of Law (1981 – 1985)
    • Adjunct Professor
  • Fulbright & Jaworski (February 2000 – February 2005)
    • Partner
  • Chaz De La Garza & Associates, LLC (March 2005 – December 2011)
    • CEO
  • Law Offices of Chaz De La Garza, LLC (January 2012– Present)
    • CEO

Professional Memberships

  • Best Lawyers in America (1992 – Present)
  • U.S. News Best Law Firm (2012 – Present)
  • Super Lawyer in Texas (2011 – Present)
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Texas State Bar College of Lawyers (1992 – Present)
  • American Bar Association (1976 – Present)
    • Chairman of Patent Law Primer for Federal Judiciary (1994 – 1999)
    • Chairman of PTC Subcommittees
    • 1988: Trademark Law Revision 
Act of 1988
    • Product and Container Simulation and Functionality
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
  • State Bar of Texas Intellectual 
Property Law Section
    • Editor IPLS Newsletter (1989 – 1993)
  • IPLS Council (1991 – 1993)
  • IPLS Vice Chair (1993 – 1994)
  • IPLS Chair-elect (
1994 – 1995)
  • IPLS Chair (1995 – 1996)
  • Licensing Executives Society
    • Chairman of Trademark Licensing Committee (
1984 – 1986)
  • State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Professional Development Program 
(1987, 1996)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association; Houston Intellectual Property 
Law Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
    • Sustaining Member
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association (1996– Present)
  • Fellow of Houston Bar Foundation
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • South Texas Law Journal
    • Member of the Staff
  • Order of the Lytae
  • Delta Theta Phi
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Omega Chi Epsilon
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Blue Key