Brian H. Oates
Brian H. Oates is a trial attorney who represents clients in a variety of matters, striving to efficiently and strategically navigate them through each phase of litigation. Brian has practiced in state and federal courts throughout the United States and has significant experience with various forms of alternative dispute resolution. Brian’s practice includes all aspects of commercial litigation, including infringement of intellectual property, construction disputes, and other high-stakes commercial disputes. Brian has assisted clients with trademark registration, protection, licensing, cease and desist, and infringement matters, including representing clients in adversary proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Brian also has experience representing oil and gas companies in a variety of contexts, including disputes involving energy related agreements.
Brian’s representative experience includes:
- Winning a $3.6 million judgment in breach of contract case and affirmed on appeal.
- Obtaining a dismissal of all claims against a financial services client related to allegations of securities fraud and conspiracy.
- Successfully prosecuting trademark infringement action resulting in corporate defendant changing its infringing name.
- Securing dismissal from lawsuit for Florida company sued in Texas based on lack of jurisdiction and affirmed on appeal.
- Representing companies in ERISA class actions involving allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty.
In addition to advising clients that are pursuing and defending their rights in court, Brian has significant experience assisting entrepreneurs and businesses in all facets, from entity selection to day-to-day guidance on legal and operational issues. Brian has negotiated dozens of agreements for his clients, including purchase and sale agreements, licensing agreements, distribution agreements, commercial contracts, and facility use agreements.
Brian earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at Texas Tech University School of Law, where he graduated second in his class and received a number of honors, including induction into the Order of the Coif and recognition for earning the highest grade in his class seven times.
Prior to law school, Brian played professional baseball in the Seattle Mariners organization.
B.A., Trinity University
J.D., summa cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law
United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
- Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Woodward/White Inc.), 2021-2024
- Commercial Litigation, 2021-2024
- Intellectual Property Law, 2021-2024
- Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2022-2023
August 17, 2023Attorney News
‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 287 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2024 Edition, Including 12 “Lawyers of the Year” and 80 “Ones to Watch”
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 287 Jackson Walker attorneys across 5 offices and 82 specialty practice areas in its 2024 edition, including 12 Lawyers of the Year and 80 Ones to Watch. In this year’s guide, Jackson Walker saw the largest number of attorneys in the areas of Commercial Litigation (66 attorneys) and Real Estate Law (60 attorneys) and the addition of 35 attorneys as Best Lawyers.
March 23, 2023Attorney News
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of 63 attorneys to Thomson Reuters’ 2023 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list, which recognizes only 5% of Texas attorneys who either are 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less.
August 18, 2022Attorney News
‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 214 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2023 Edition, Including 11 “Lawyers of the Year” and 41 “Ones to Watch”
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 214 Jackson Walker attorneys across 6 offices and 79 specialty practice areas in its 2023 edition, including 11 Lawyers of the Year and 41 Ones to Watch. Best Lawyers listings are based on an exhaustive peer review survey of thousands of attorneys who vote on the legal abilities of others in their practice areas.
March 22, 2022Attorney News
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of 51 attorneys to Thomson Reuters’ 2022 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list, which recognizes only 2.5% of Texas attorneys who either are 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less.
February 11, 2022Attorney News
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the election of 14 attorneys to the Firm’s partnership on Friday, February 11, 2022. In addition to electing 14 new partners, the Firm also congratulates Bart Cicuto, Noah Speck, and Austin Thomas on their promotion from associates to senior counsel.
August 19, 2021Attorney News
‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 178 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2022 Edition, Including 8 “Lawyers of the Year” and 31 “Ones to Watch”
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 178 Jackson Walker attorneys across 6 offices and 67 specialty practice areas in its 2022 edition, including 8 Lawyers of the Year and 31 Ones to Watch. Best Lawyers listings are based on an exhaustive peer review survey of thousands of attorneys who vote on the legal abilities of others in their practice areas.
August 20, 2020Attorney News
‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 164 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2021 Edition, Including 9 “Lawyers of the Year” and 25 “Ones to Watch”
Jackson Walker congratulates the 164 attorneys who were selected by their peers as Best Lawyers, including 9 Lawyers of the Year and 25 Ones to Watch, across 6 offices and 66 specialty practice areas.
April 17, 2020Insights
COVID-19 and Cameras in the Courtroom: Could the Pandemic and Emerging Technologies Usher in a New Era of Judicial Transparency?
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused courts to drastically shift their rules regarding cameras and other recording devices in the courtroom.
January 8, 2019Newsletters
The Newsworthy Newsperson; Paul Watler Featured on NBC 5’s Lone Star Politics; Beware: Breaking NCAA Rules Could Result In A Visit From the FBI (and Worse); Matt Acosta on Fortnite Dance Lawsuits; Winners & Losers: “1968 in Hindsight.”
January 3, 2019Insights
Bob Latham, Nate St. Clair, and Brian Oates were featured in Sports Litigation Alert for their article regarding the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys’ Office’s actions to protect amateurism in college sports.