Jason S. McManis

Jason S. McManis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA
 | 1221 McKinney Street, Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77010
Phone: 713-655-1101
Fax: 713-655-0062
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2013
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Jason S. McManis is a trial lawyer who helps individuals and businesses with high stakes intellectual property disputes and other complex business litigation, including co-founder and partnership disputes.

    Mr. McManis has helped clients successfully pursue patent infringement claims against some of the largest corporations in the world. He also has experience defending corporations against accusations of patent infringement made by their largest competitors. In his business litigation practice, Mr. McManis has helped company founders fight to get their rightful share after their business partners have unlawfully forced them out of the company and successfully defended business partners against dissolution and breach of fiduciary duty claims in a jury trial. He was named on the 2018 and 2019 Texas Rising Stars lists for his excellence in intellectual property litigation. Rising Stars, a list compiled by Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers, honors leading attorneys age 40 and younger and those who have been in practice no more than 10 years.

    Mr. McManis has experience at all stages of a case, including arguments in Markman, Daubert, and pre- and post-trial hearings in U.S. District Courts across the country. In the Texas state courts, Mr. McManis has successfully obtained multiple TROs protecting against the theft of company information by departing employees and preventing confidential information from being used by his clients’ competitors. In trial, Mr. McManis has successfully secured both defense and plaintiff verdicts, including a take nothing verdict after a five-week trial in Harris County and also as a key member of teams that have won some of the largest patent infringement verdicts in the country in recent years.

    A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, he attended the National Trial Advocacy College and was on the Virginia Law & Business Review as a member of the Article Review Committee. Before law school, he graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied English and was a four-year letterman on the baseball team. Prior to joining AZA, Mr. McManis practiced at Caldwell Cassady & Curry PC and Gruber Hail Johansen Shank LLP, both in Dallas.

    REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

    • Obtained a total defense win on behalf of prominent Houston family business owner in complex, potentially $30 million dispute with a take nothing verdict after five-week jury trial. Gave opening statement for the defense and conducted direct and cross examinations. David Hotze v. IN Management, LLC et al. No. 2016-36300 in Harris County’s 61st District Court. The case was named among the largest Texas courtroom wins in 2018 by the Houston Chronicle in “The Biggest Courtroom Wins of 2018″ (subscription required) and Texas Lawbook in  “The Top Texas Litigation Stories of 2018” (subscription required).
    • Represented frac sand mining company Northern Frac Proppants and four shareholders in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Northern Frac Proppants II, its former executives, and Badger Mining Corporation for breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and fraudulent transfer in connection with sale of company’s assets in Wisconsin.
    • Obtained a temporary restraining order and negotiated a final settlement on behalf of a local Dallas businessman in a lawsuit against a former business partner for breach of fiduciary duty and diversion of corporate funds and assets to a competing company.
    • Represented a patent owner in a patent infringement lawsuit against a prominent medical device company for infringement of a patent covering an orthopedic implant for joining bone segments.
    • Obtained a temporary restraining order, temporary injunction, and negotiated a final settlement on behalf of a large healthcare corporation in a lawsuit against former employees and their new employer for theft of confidential company information and breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
    • Represented Cellular Communications Equipment LLC in its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple Inc. during which the jury awarded CCE a $22 million verdict against Apple after a seven-day trial. Cellular Comms. Equipment LLC v. Apple Inc., et al., No. 14-cv-251, (E.D. Tex.).
    • Represented Washington University (St. Louis) Professor Robert E. Morley in his lawsuit against Square, Inc., Jack Dorsey, and Jim McKelvey for patent infringement, breach of joint-venture and fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, and exclusion of Dr. Morley from Square. Robert E. Morley, Jr., et al. v. Square, Inc., et al., No. 10-cv-2243/14-cv-172, (E.D. Mo.).
    • Represented Smartflash LLC in its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple Inc. during which the jury awarded Smartflash a $532.9 million verdict against Apple after a six-day trial. Smartflash LLC, et al. v. Apple Inc., et al., No. 13-cv-447, (E.D. Tex.).
    • Represented VirnetX Inc. in its patent infringement lawsuits against Apple Inc. during which a jury awarded VirnetX a $625 million verdict in February 2016 and, after a re-trial was ordered in October 2016, a $302 million verdict against Apple. VirnetX, Inc. v. Apple Inc., No. 10-cv-417/12-cv-855, (E.D. Tex.).

    About Jason McManis

    Admitted: 2013, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://azalaw.com/our-attorneys/jason-mcmanis/

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • The battle over lost profits damages in commercial litigation is contentious and can involve significant damages awards. Lost profits are often the most substantial aspect of the plaintiff's claim, one of the most challenging types of damages to prove, and are particularly susceptible to attack. When an injured business loses revenues, that business also avoids costs required to generate those revenues. These avoided costs must be deducted from lost sales to determine lost profits damages. However, experts often disagree on how to calculate these costs. Cost estimation is an integral part of a lost profits analysis. Attorneys must understand this cost analysis to determine what documents to request in discovery, as well as how to structure cross-examination questions for witnesses and experts to draw out the information essential for their expert to perform the required analysis. Listen as our panel of distinguished experts guides litigators on understanding cost behavior analysis and its impact on calculating lost profits damages. Our panel will discuss common methods for determining avoided costs as well as what information attorneys must be gathering during discovery to aid experts in conducting a cost analysis., Presenter, Lost Profits Damages: Cost Behavior Analysis, Calculation Methods, Strafford Publications, 2019
    • Panel on technology in the courtroom and use of technology at trial., Presenter, Polishing Your Evidence: Technology in the Courtroom, including Apps, 2019 Houston Bar Association Civil/Appellate Bench Bar Conference, 2019

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • C&J Energy Services, Inc., et al. v. Jesse Ulate, et al., Cause No. 2019-06048 in Harris County's 151st District Court. Direct and cross examination of witnesses in successfully obtaining temporary injunction protecting plaintiff's confidential information and enforcing other restrictive covenants. Negotiated favorable settlement and permanent injunction before trial., 2019
    • David Hotze v. IN Management, LLC et al. No. 2016-36300 in Harris County’s 61st District Court. Obtained a total defense win on behalf of prominent Houston family business owner in complex, potentially $30 million dispute with a take nothing verdict after five-week jury trial. Gave opening statement for the defense and conducted direct and cross examinations. , 2018

    Educational Background:

    • B.A., English, Dartmouth College, 2008

    Industry Groups

    • Medical/Healthcare
    • Oil And Gas/Oilfield Services
    • Technology
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    Office Location for Jason S. McManis

    1221 McKinney Street
    Suite 2500
    Houston, TX 77010

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    Last Updated: 10/8/2020

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