Darren P. Nicholson

Darren P. Nicholson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Dallas, TX

Burns Charest LLP
 | 900 Jackson Street, Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 469-904-4550
Fax: 469-444-5002
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2015
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Darren Nicholson is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer, representing clients in state and federal courts across the country. Darren represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of matters, from intellectual property disputes and white-collar criminal defense to products liability and complex commercial litigation.

Darren’s work encompasses all phases of civil and criminal litigation, from investigation to aggressive trial advocacy and post-verdict appeals.

Darren’s clients know him as a tenacious advocate who invests the time and effort to develop and implement a specific strategy to achieve their objectives, whether negotiating a confidential settlement, developing a licensing strategy, trying a case on its merits, or pursuing another option altogether.


About Darren Nicholson

Admitted: 2001, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.burnscharest.com/our-team/darren-nicholson/


  • Best Lawyers in America, IP Litigation, 2018, 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2017, 2018
  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation, 2017
  • Best Lawyers, D Magazine, 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Texas Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, 2010-2015
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers - Appellate Advocacy Award
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court - Barrister

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Dallas Bar Association Public Forum Committee
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Successful acuittal for court-appointed pro bono client facing seven-count indictment in Washington, D.C., Superior Court.
  • Successfully pro bono representation of People for the American Way in Freedom of Information Act case against U.S. Department of Justice.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Closing Arguments, Competition Judge, Dallas Bar Association Trial Academy, 2012
  • The Ethics of Lawyer/Judge Interactions, Presenter, Higginbotham Inn of Court, 2010
  • Exclude the Opposing Expert Witness on Qualifications and Reliability, Presenter, Dallas Bar Association, 2010
  • Financial Institutions Fraud, Author, American Criminal Law Review, 2000


  • Successfully represented plaintiffs in a multi-million dollar business fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and commercial bribery case against United Technologies Corporation and other defendants , 2017
  • Achieved a favorable settlement of a major False Claims Act qui tam case against non-bank mortgage servicer where plaintiffs sought over $100 million in damages, 2016
  • Substantial confidential settlement for a widow and minor child in a wrongful death case involving a workplace electrocution, 2015
  • Favorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., one of the highest-profile patent infringement cases to reach the high court in years, 2015
  • Successful summary judgment recovery for client in a hotly contested breach-of-contract case stemming from the Texas Rangers Baseball Partners’ bankruptcy, 2015
  • Substantial confidential settlement on the eve of trial for two minor children in a wrongful death case involving a West Texas oil rig, 2014
  • Multimillion-dollar patent settlements and license agreements negotiated in several ongoing patent infringement lawsuits, 2013
  • Take-nothing judgment for a client who was wrongfully accused of fraud and tortious interference of a contract., 2012
  • Favorable plea bargain – and no jail time – for real estate agent indicted in federal mortgage fraud case., 2011
  • Favorable settlement of a contested probate matter, securing significant tax advantages for client., 2010
  • Multimillion-dollar jury verdict for client who was awarded 100% of requested damages plus attorneys’ fees in case involving breach of a patent licensing agreement., 2009
  • Successful acuittal for court-appointed client facing seven-count indictment in Washington, D.C., Superior Court., 2007
  • Successful defense of Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company in product liability cases before the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas., 2006
  • Successful order vacating summary-judgment ruling against defense client as part of a fraudulent trading enforcement action brought by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission., 2001

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court

Educational Background:

  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.S., B.A., 1997
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2001

Industry Groups

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Products Liability
  • White-Collar Defense
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Office Location for Darren P. Nicholson

900 Jackson Street
Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75202

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Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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