Eastern District of Texas Presents David Folsom With 2018 John Hannah, Jr. Award for Public Service


Jackson Walker is pleased to congratulate David Folsom for receiving the prestigious John Hannah, Jr. Award for Public Service at the 2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference.

Named in honor of Chief Judge John Hannah, Jr., the award recognizes a Texas attorney who has made a significant contribution to raising the public image of the legal profession in the Eastern District of Texas. As a recipient of the Hannah Award, David has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to public service that is marked by the highest standards of integrity and dedication.

Prior to joining the Firm, David served as a Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for 17 years. During his tenure, he conducted more than 250 trials and held approximately 75 claim construction hearings. David also served by designation on the Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for the Federal Circuit. Currently, he is a partner in the Trial & Appellate Litigation practice and leads Jackson Walker’s Texarkana office.

In 2012, David was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Advisory Council to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which was established to review, study, and make recommendations regarding the rules of practice and internal operating procedures of the court. His term was renewed in 2015 and concluded this year.

In his practice, David focuses on mediation and arbitration, specifically in mediating patent and complex commercial cases. A recognized Texas practitioner in intellectual property by Chambers USA, David has presided over hundreds of patent infringement cases. Among his other accolades are being named an Intellectual Property Trailblazer by The National Law Journal in 2017, a Super Lawyer for Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers in 2018, and one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine since 2017.

One of the largest of its kind nationally, the Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference brought together practicing attorneys, judges, and industry experts to discuss issues in patent law and intellectual property that are unique to the EDTX. The event also featured speakers Matt C. Acosta and Leisa Talbert Peschel. More information can be found on the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association website.