Without a doubt, Chip Babcock is one of the finest trial lawyers with whom I have had the privilege to work. He has the unique skill to make even the most complex case simple. In my opinion, Chip is the epitome of what a trial lawyer should be, professional, ethical, a strong passionate advocate and a wise and trusted counselor.
Ron Barger, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, ORIX USA Corporation

Biography

Charles “Chip” Babcock is a Texas-based trial and appellate lawyer who litigates and handles appeals across the United States. He has tried over 100 cases to a jury and argued over 50 appeals. He handles all types of commercial trial work and has particular expertise in media and First Amendment litigation. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Litigation Counsel of America. Chip has represented individuals such as Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw, George W. Bush, and Reggie Love (aide to President Obama). His corporate clients have included ORIX USA, Celanese Corp, Fox News Network, CNN, Google, CBS Television Studios, Vantage Drilling International, Warner Brothers Pictures, New Line Cinema, 3M Corporation and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

Chip has tried highly publicized cases such as Turner v. Dolcefino, which was covered gavel to gavel for nine weeks on CourtTV (now TruTV); Texas Beef v. Oprah Winfrey, which was litigated for six weeks in Amarillo, Texas, and concerned the popular talk show host’s statements about “mad cow” disease; Knight v. The Chicago Tribune, a case tried in Cook County, Illinois, involving a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist defendant and his highly acclaimed series about prosecutorial misconduct; and In re Sharon Keller, which involved an effort to remove the Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals from the bench.

Practice Experience

  • Bet-The-Company Litigation
  • First Amendment Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Government Investigations
  • Media Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation

Career Highlights

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Sources in Chambers acknowledge that Chip is a “superstar” and very highly regarded in First Amendment-related litigation. Interviewees go on to describe him as “very engaging, extremely likable and professional, and easily relatable to a jury so you get the benefit of a good mind with mental sharpness but with an amiable exterior, too.”

Among Chip’s many successes is his representation of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions Inc. in numerous litigation matters pertaining to First Amendment law across the United States. He successfully defended The Chicago Tribune in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. He served as lead counsel for Dr. Phil in his game-changing case for the broadcast industry regarding the California Retraction Statute against the Kalpoe brothers – one-time suspects in the murder of Natalee Holloway. He defeated an effort to remove the presiding judge from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals by the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct. The trial judge ruled in favor of Chip’s client, and a Special [Appellate] Court of Review dismissed all charges. In 2012, he successfully defended Celanese Ltd. in a multi-billion dollar fraud and breach of contract case involving a methanol supply agreement. In 2014, he represented the plaintiff and won a jury trial against Nissan North America, Inc. In 2015, he won a highly publicized case for a Texas District Judge regarding her posts on Facebook.

Chip has appeared before the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits, as well as the Texas, California, and Illinois Intermediate Appellate and Supreme Courts. He has appeared for oral argument in more than 50 cases including the Dallas Court of Appeals, where the Court heard the first case on the merits of a dismissal under the new Texas Citizens Participation Act – anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) statutes. His cases include an important matter concerning the speech and debate clause of the Federal Constitution in the Ninth Circuit. He established the First Amendment right of journalists to protect confidential sources in a Fifth Circuit case involving the TransAmerican Press. In the First Circuit, Chip successfully defended Harpo in a copyright/misappropriation appeal. In January 2013, the California Court of Appeal found that the state’s retraction statute applied to all television broadcasts and not just breaking news, thus vindicating Chip’s clients. Chip has argued and won several significant libel, defamation, and First Amendment law-related cases on behalf of major media defendants, including Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, FOX Entertainment Group, Bill O’Reilly, and Univision.

  • Bet-the-CompanySouthern Chemical Corporation v. Celanese Ltd. 2012 (U.S. District Court – 190th Judicial District, Harris County, TX) (breach of contract/fraud; Jury Trial)
  • First AmendmentTexas Against Censorship v. State Bar of Texas 1995 (U.S. District Court – E.D. Tex. At Tyler) (constitutionality of State Bar advertising rules; Trial)
  • Commercial LitigationBSAG v. North America 2014 (U.S. District Court – 127th Judicial District, Harris County, TX) (breach of contract, tortious interference with contract fraud; Jury Trial)
  • Intellectual PropertyPaul Natkin, et al. v. Oprah Winfrey, et al. 2000 (U.S. District Court-N.D. Illinois at Chicago) (copyright infringement – Jury Trial)
  • Government Investigations – (Confidential)
  • Media LitigationTexas Beef Group, et al. v. Oprah Winfrey, et al. 1998 (U.S. District Court – N.D. Tex. at Amarillo) (veggie libel statute, business disparagement-Jury Trial)
  • Appellate PracticeDeepak Kalpoe et al. v. Phillip C. McGraw et al. 2015 Second District Court of Appeals

Community

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • American Law Institute
  • The Texas Philosophical Society, Fellow
  • Brown University, Advisory Board
  • Brown University Crew, Steward
  • The Center for American and International Law, Fellow

News & Events

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    ‘D Magazine’ Lists 33 Jackson Walker Attorneys Among Best Lawyers in Dallas

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    Fake News Redux

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    JW Media | VIA ePostcard – May 2018

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    Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Walker Attorneys and Practices

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  • Client Results

    Jackson Walker Secures Dismissal for ExxonMobil Chemical Company

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    JW Media | VIA ePostcard – February 2018

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    Chip Babcock Receives 2018 Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award

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    Pop Fouls, Russians, Millennium Magazine, The New York Daily Inquirer and Fake News

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    JW Media | VIA ePostcard – November 2017

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    53 Jackson Walker Attorneys Named to 2017 ‘Texas Super Lawyers’ List

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    Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 94 Jackson Walker Attorneys

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    Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Walker Attorneys and Practices

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    Jackson Walker Attorneys Defend Dr. Oz with Anti-SLAPP Statute

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    JW Media | VIA ePostcard – January 2017

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    Presidents and the Press

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    First Amendment Panel Hosted by Jackson Walker

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    Babcock: Espionage Act ‘Not Applicable’ in Potential Trump Media Backlash Plot

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  • Client Results

    Jackson Walker Successfully Defends Oprah Winfrey in ‘Own Your Power’ Trademark Appeal

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates its 54 Attorneys Added to ‘2016 Texas Super Lawyers’ List

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2016 Chambers-Ranked Partners and Practice Groups

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    Chip Babcock: Committed to Clients

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    Chip Babcock Receives Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation

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    Chip Babcock and Bill Powers Named ‘Lions of the Texas Bar’

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    Jackson Walker Wins Victory for Texas District Court Judge in Social Media Case

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    Chip Babcock Receives 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award From ‘Texas Lawyer’

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    Chip Babcock Named a Trial Ace by ‘Law360’

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    JW Media | VIA ePostcard – August 2015

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2016

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2015 “Houston Top Lawyers”

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2015 Chambers-Ranked Partners and Practice Groups

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  • Client Results

    Jackson Walker Client Wins Attorneys’ Fees Under Texas Anti-SLAPP Statute

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    Jackson Walker Represents Roger Clemens in Defamation Settlement

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    Jackson Walker Successfully Defends Oprah in Trademark Suit over ‘Own Your Power’

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    Chip Babcock Recognized in 2015 ‘Chambers Global’ Guide

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    Jackson Walker Wins Jury Trial of Breach of Contract Case Against Nissan

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  • Publication

    Media Law Review: Volume V – A Review of Jackson Walker’s Media Law Practice

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    Media Law Review: Volume V

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2015

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    A Hard Day’s Night

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  • Press Releases

    Chip Babcock Quoted on FCC’s Canceled Newsroom Operations Study

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    Jackson Walker Featured in ‘Law360’ as Texas Powerhouse Firm

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    Chip Babcock Quoted in ‘Forbes’ Article on Copyright Law

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    Chip Babcock Quoted in ‘Law360’ on Tips for Trial Lawyers

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    Chip Babcock Profiled in ‘The Highlander’

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    Chip Babcock Writes on FCC Regulation of the Internet for Forbes.com

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    Chip Babcock Speaks on Media Ethics in the Digital Age

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    Jackson Walker Wins Victory for Dr. Oz in Case of First Impression Before New York Supreme Court

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    Chip Babcock, Nancy Hamilton, Audra Welter Receive Pro Bono Award

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    Chip Babcock Writes on Free Speech in the ‘Philadelphia Inquirer’

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    Chip Babcock Speaks on How the Internet Has Changed the First Amendment

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    Jackson Walker Wins Appellate Victory for Dallas Better Business Bureau in Anti-SLAPP Case

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    Chip Babcock Quoted in ‘Law360’ on Courtroom Etiquette

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    Chip Babcock Named Fellow to the Center for American and International Law

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    Jackson Walker Represents Univision 23 KUVN in Anti-SLAPP Win

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    Celanese Wins Key Victory In Supply Dispute

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates its 2012 Chambers-Ranked Partners and Practice Groups

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    How to Protect Privilege with Respect to Communications with Litigation-Related Public Relations Consultants (2012)

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