Paul J. Skiermont

Top rated intellectual property attorney in Dallas, Texas

Skiermont Derby LLP
Paul J. Skiermont
Skiermont Derby LLP

Practice Areas: Intellectual property, Business litigation, Antitrust litigation

Licensed in Texas since: 2001

Education: The University of Chicago Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013

Skiermont Derby LLP

1601 Elm Street
Suite 4400
Dallas, TX 75201 Phone: 214-978-6600 Email: Paul J. Skiermont Visit website



Paul J. Skiermont is a trial lawyer with a national litigation practice.  Prior to forming SKIERMONT DERBY LLP, he was a partner at Bartlit Beck LLP, a nationally renowned litigation boutique known for its success in high-stakes cases.  At SKIERMONT DERBY, Mr. Skiermont was lead trial counsel for Rensselaer Poytechnic Institute in a patent infringement case against Apple that settled on the even of trial for $25 million. Mr. Skiermont is also lead counsel for the Coalition for Affordable Drugs, and succeeded in getting the Patent Trial & Appeal Board to institute review of every brand pharma patent his firm challenged. Mr. Skiermont represents companies large and small in litigation involving complex technology, including pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, aerospace and advanced electronics.

Mr. Skiermont prefers to avoid billing his clients by the hour.  Instead, his firm uses a variety of alternative fee agreements based on the value of its work to its clients, rather than the number of hours the firm spends on a case.  You can read more about Mr. Skiermont’s innovative approach to complex litigation and alternative fees at

First Admitted: 2001, Texas

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Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Harvard University, Debate Coach
Educational Background:
  • University of Kentucky, B.A. in Political Science, cum laude
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board Member, J.W. Patterson Foundation for Academic Excellence in Speech and Debate, 2012-2016
  • Leadership Board, National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, 2012-2016
  • IAM Patent 100 - The World's Leading Patent Practioners (2013-2016)
  • Life Sciences Litigation Star - Legal Media Group / Euromoney (2012-2016)
  • J.D. with High Honors, Order of the Coif, Universtiy of Chicago Law School
  • Twice Awarded First Place Speaker at the Intercollegiate National Debate Tournament (NDT); one of only three people to win the award twice since the NDT began in 1947.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Featured Speaker:  “IP 101: Keeping Your Business Treasures Safe”, Entrepreneurial Development Network, 2013
  • Featured Speaker: "The Role of Patents and Intellectual Property in Speech Technology and Business Decisions"; AVIOS Voice Search Conference, 2012
  • Featured Speaker: “Crafting Value-Based Alternative Fees that are Practical and Profitable”; C4CM Conference, 2012
  • Panelist:  “Exploring Advancements in Strategies for Alternative Fee Arrangements and Value-Based Fee Structures”; Managing Legal Costs Symposium, 2012
  • Panelist:  “Perspectives on the Utility of Third Party Financing in Today’s Legal Economy”; Commercial Litigation Funding & Investment Conference, 2011 & 2012
  • Featured Speaker:  “Footprints in the Marketplace: Patent Enforcement Strategies to Maximize Value”; ICAP Patent Brokerage/Ocean Tomo Summit on IP Strategy, 2012
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • The Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn IP American Inn of Court, 2015
  • Dallas Bar Association, 2012-2016
Representative Clients:
  • United Technologies Corporation (Pratt & Whitney Division); HRA Pharma, West Corporation; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Marathon Patent Group; LoggerHead Tools, LLC; Robertson Transformer Co., Sessa Capital; Nang Kuang Pharmaceutical Co.; 3S Software Solutions GmbH; Neptune Generics, LLC., 2016
  • Achieved $25 million settlement on behalf of client Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in patent infringement lawsuit against Apple's Siri service. (N.D. New York), 2016
  • Achieved confidential settlement on behalf of client Robertson Worldwide in patent infringement lawsuit against several suppliers of electronic ballasts for compact fluorescent lights. (N.D. Illinois), 2016
  • Achieved confidential settlement on behalf of Paris-based HRA Pharma in patent lawsuit filed against Teva Pharmaceuticals, asserting HRA patents covering its emergency oral contraceptive, ella. (D. Delaware), 2016
  • Achieved confidential settlement on behalf of client Nang Kuang Pharmaceutical Co. in a patent infringement lawsuit by Cephalon, Inc. related to Cephalon's Treanda drug. (E.D. New York), 2016

Office location for Paul J. Skiermont

1601 Elm Street
Suite 4400
Dallas, TX 75201


5 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013

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