Claire Abernathy Henry

Claire Abernathy Henry

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Longview, TX

Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC
 | 1507 Bill Owens Parkway, Longview, TX 75604
Phone: 903-757-6400
Fax: 903-757-2323
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2006
Education: Stanford Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (50%),
  • Business Litigation (50%)
Attorney Profile

If any lawyer knows her way around the intellectual property-heavy dockets of the Eastern District of Texas, it is Claire Abernathy Henry. After serving as a briefing attorney for noted U.S. District Judge T. John Ward of the Eastern District, Ms. Henry joined Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC along with the former judge in 2011. 

In 2018, Claire Henry, Johnny Ward and Andrea Fair secured a $5.9 million verdict against Samsung on behalf of German intellectual property licensing company Papst Licensing GMBH & Co, KG. 

But her practice and experience are not limited to intellectual property. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2005, Ms. Henry began her legal career in Dallas, where she represented businesses and local governments in complex commercial cases, including class actions, breach of contract and fiduciary duty cases, and professional malpractice suits.  

After returning to East Texas in 2007, Ms. Henry continued to hone her litigation skills on a wide range of federal and state court cases. Over the past several years, her practice primarily has focused on patent litigation and commercial disputes.  

A native of Longview, Texas, Ms. Henry graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University in 2002. At Stanford Law School, she was a pro bono distinguished graduate and a member of Women of Stanford Law and the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation.

About Claire Henry

Admitted: 2006, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • Ranked among the Best Law Firms in IP Litigation by US News/Best Lawyers, 2017-2018
  • Ms. Henry was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Vanderbilt University.
  • Texas Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, 2012-2018
  • Ms. Henry was a pro bono distinguished graduate of Stanford Law School.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, 2014
  • Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
  • BAR ADMISSIONS: All Texas state district courts, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
  • The Honorable T. John Ward American Inn of Court
  • State Bar of Texas

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Longview Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, Ex-officio Director, 2015
  • Newgate Mission Board of Directors, 2016
  • ArtsView Children's Theatre Board of Directors, 2014


  • $5.9 million verdict against Samsung on behalf of German intellectual property licensing company Papst Licensing GMBH & Co, KG.  Johnny Ward, Claire Henry, and Andrea Fair took the lead in securing a win and was assisted by attorneys from DiNovo Price LLC in Austin.  The jury returned a verdict in Papst’s favor finding Samsung infringed two claims of Papst’s patent covering data transfers in phones and tablets.  Case No. 6:18cv388; Papst Licensing GMBH & Co, KG v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.,, 2018

Educational Background:

  • Ms. Henry earned her law degree from Stanford Law School in Stanford, Calif., in 2005. In 2002, she graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where she also was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
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Office Location for Claire Abernathy Henry

1507 Bill Owens Parkway
Longview, TX 75604

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Last Updated: 2/19/2019

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