Christopher B. Trowbridge

Christopher B. Trowbridge

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Dallas, TX

Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP
 | 2323 Ross Avenue, Suite 1900
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: 214-740-1405
Fax: 214-740-5705
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013
Licensed Since: 1998
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Securities Litigation (20%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

As a trial attorney with a particular emphasis on complex business disputes, Chris maintains an active docket and regularly tries cases across the country.  Selected  for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® from 2017 to 2019, selected as a Texas Super Lawyer® from 2013 to 2018, named as one of twenty-five Texas Lawyer's “Legal Leaders on the Rise” in 2013 and “Litigator of the Week” in 2011, and recognized in Verdict Search’s "Top 100 Verdicts of 2017" and “Top Business Law Verdicts,” Chris is well-known for vigorously protecting his clients’ interests in high-stakes legal matters across the nation.  In addition to his U.S. docket and through the Legalink law firm network, Chris has a growing international practice, including the representation of a U.S. creditor in a Japanese bitcoin bankruptcy proceeding.  Chris has also been published across the globe on topics such as cryptocurrency and international e-discovery.  Clients view Chris as a link between Texas' robust business environment and the interconnected global economy.    

 

In 2017, Chris secured a $23.1 million jury verdict on behalf of national cattle broker in a fraud matter involving a check kiting scheme and fraudulent cattle transactions.  The outcome received nationwide press coverage.  In 2015, Chris also received national coverage for obtaining an $8 million dollar judgment against a trustee of an oil & gas trust for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.  Chris has been featured in the New York Law Journal for the defense of a proposed $15 billion class action suit in which he was successful in having the entire case moved from Texas to New York. 



About Christopher Trowbridge

Admitted: 1998, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.bellnunnally.com/christopher-b-trowbridge

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2017, 2018 and 2019., The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Selected as one of the top 20 finalists in 2011 for “ONE MAN Dallas,” which honors a Dallas/Fort Worth area man who embodies the best of Dallas from the perspectives of the community involvement, personality, intelligence and fitness. The mission of “ONE MAN Dallas” is to encourage more men to volunteer with charitable organizations and engage in community projects. Trowbridge was nominated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas., ONE MAN Dallas Finalist, 2011
  • Dallas Business Journal honors forty young professionals all under the age of 40. This list recognizes high achievers professionally, and most those that give back to the communities in which they live through a variety of civic and charitable activities., 40 Under Forty, Dallas Business Journal, 2012
  • Recognized in Verdict Search’s “Top Business Law Verdicts” of 2009.  Verdict Search created this list of the top Texas verdicts by cataloging the extraordinary accomplishments of lawyers measured by the amount of the jury verdict award. This exclusive list of cases is featured in “Top Texas Verdicts of 2009,” a special publication inside Texas Lawyer., Top Business Law Verdict, Verdict Search, 2009
  • In 2011, Trowbridge obtained a $999,377.19 judgment plus attorneys’ fees in the United States Bankruptcy Court against a real estate investment company. After a four-day adversary hearing, the Judge ruled in a 52-page opinion that the individual behind the company was personally liable as the alter-ego of the company and that the entire debt was non-dischargeable under the Bankruptcy Code. Texas Lawyer recognized Trowbridge as “Litigator of the Week” for this victory., "Litigator of the Week", Texas Lawyer, 2011
  • Texas Lawyer's "Legal Leaders on the Rise" list spotlights 25 up-and-comers in the Texas legal community. This list recognizes Texas Lawyers under 40 whose accomplishments distinguish them among their peers., Legal Leaders on the Rise, Texas Lawyers, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Thanks-Giving Square Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2018
  • Communities Foundation of Texas Advisory Council, 2016 to present
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2014-2015; Board of Directors, 2006-2017; Vice Chairman Executive Committee, 2010-2013; Billiard Ball Chairman, 2012;  Texas Hold ‘Em Chairman, 2009 and 2010; East Dallas Boys and Girls Club, Advisory Board, 2005-2009; President, 2006-2008
  • Dallas Regional Chamber, Southern Dallas Task Force, 2016 to present
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network PurpleStride DFW Chairman, 2014
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Junior Associates, 2004-present; Co-Chairman 2008-2009; Membership Committee Co-Chairman 2005—2006
  • American and Dallas Bar Associations
  • Calyx Club of Dallas, Member, 1998-2006

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • In 2017, Chris secured a $23.1 million jury verdict on behalf of national cattle broker in a fraud matter involving a check kiting scheme and fraudulent cattle transactions. The outcome received nationwide press coverage., 2017
  • From 2011 through 2015, Chris was lead counsel on a series of high-stakes patent infringement, contract, unfair competition, and Computer Fraud & Abuse Act cases in which he represented a virtual payment systems company seeking to protect its medical payment technology from a group of former associates.
  • In 2013, on behalf of a restaurant chain, Chris obtained a temporary restraining order based on grounds of trademark and trade dress infringement against the former owner of the restaurant chain to prevent him from opening a competing restaurant concept., 2013
  • In 2015, on behalf of the broker dealer retail arm of an SEC-registered investment adviser which, together with its affiliates, has approximately $20 billion of assets under management, Chris obtained a state court temporary restraining order against a former registered representative preventing the continued use of the company’s trade secrets and confidential information, and defended the restraining order in the parallel FINRA proceeding., 2015
  • In 2015, on behalf of a beneficiary of a trust containing oil and gas interests, Chris argued a post-trial motion for entry of judgment and obtained a judgment for $6,930,460.62 against a national bank, including attorneys’ fees of $467,374.00. The court entered judgment against the bank for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, gross negligence, and negligence., 2015
  • In 2014, Chris represented the owners of a professional hockey team seeking an injunction in a federal court Lanham Act case involving claims of trademark and trade dress infringement of the hockey team's brand, marks, and image., 2014
  • In 2011, on behalf of a virtual payment systems company, Chris obtained a state court temporary restraining order and a federal court temporary injunction against a group of former partners and employees to prevent their use of the company's trade secrets and confidential information., 2011
  • In 2011, Chris obtained a $1,397,291.07 judgment including $397,913.88 in attorneys’ fees in the United States Bankruptcy Court against a real estate investment company. After a four-day adversary hearing, the Judge ruled in a 52-page opinion that the individual behind the company was personally liable as the alter-ego of the company and that the entire debt was non-dischargeable under the Bankruptcy Code. Texas Lawyer recognized Chris as “Litigator of the Week” for this victory., 2011
  • Trowbridge obtained a $4.4 million dollar judgment on behalf of the nation’s largest privately held bank against a former Major League Baseball player. Trowbridge collected the judgment in full including attorneys’ fees and post-judgment interest within 30 days of obtaining the judgment., 2010
  • Trowbridge obtained a federal court jury verdict for his client, defending a securities corporation from a several hundred thousand dollar complaint stemming from the securities corporation’s liquidation of a corporate margin account.  After a three-day trial in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, the jury awarded the plaintiff zero damages and awarded Chris’ client the amount of the account deficiency and its attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • On behalf of a virtual payment systems company, Chris obtained a state court temporary restraining order and a federal court temporary injunction against a group of former partners and employees to prevent their use of the company's trade secrets and confidential information., 2011
  • Trowbridge defeated an $800,000 claim against his concrete and materials supply client related to allegedly faulty concrete supplied for a waste-water treatment facility.  After a five-day trial in Amarillo, the jury awarded the Plaintiff less than $60,000, and the Court denied the Plaintiff’s claim for attorneys’ fees.
  • On behalf of a restaurant chain, Chris obtained a temporary restraining order based on grounds of trademark and trade dress infringement against the former owner of the restaurant chain to prevent him from opening a competing restaurant concept., 2013
  • From 2011 through 2015, Chris has been lead counsel for a series of three patent infringement cases seeking to protect a patent on a virtual medical payment system.
  • In 2009, Trowbridge represented a client in a Lanham Act case in Dallas County involving the sale of falsely labeled commodity.  After a four-day jury trial, Trowbridge obtained affirmative findings on his client's Lanham Act and unfair competition claims in addition to obtaining a determination that the case was “exceptional” thus mandating an award of attorneys’ fees to his client.  This verdict was named in Verdict Search’s Top Texas Verdicts of 2009.
  • Chris obtained a $1,397,291.07 judgment including $397,913.88 in attorneys’ fees in the United States Bankruptcy Court against a real estate investment company. After a four-day adversary hearing, the Judge ruled in a 52-page opinion that the individual behind the company was personally liable as the alter-ego of the company and that the entire debt was non-dischargeable under the Bankruptcy Code. Texas Lawyer recognized Chris as “Litigator of the Week” for this victory., 2011
  • Chris represented the owners of a professional hockey team seeking an injunction in a federal court Lanham Act case involving claims of trademark and trade dress infringement of the hockey team's brand, marks, and image., 2014

Educational Background:

  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • Baylor University, B.B.A., Economics and International Business , 1995
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Office Location for Christopher B. Trowbridge

2323 Ross Avenue
Suite 1900
Dallas, TX 75201

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