Claire Abernathy Henry
Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Longview, TX
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019
Claire Abernathy Henry is a partner at Ward, Smith & Hill, LLP and a native of Longview, Texas. Ms. Henry has 15 years of experience in complex commercial litigation and patent litigation in Texas courts. Before joining Ward, Smith & Hill, Ms. Henry served as a briefing attorney to the Honorable T. John Ward, former U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, one of the busiest patent litigation courts in the nation. Ms. Henry has extensive knowledge of federal court practice and patent litigation in the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. For the past decade, Ms. Henry has represented plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes, securities litigation, False Claims Act cases, anti-trust litigation, and class actions as well as high-stakes patent litigation in courts in the Eastern and Western District of Texas. Ms. Henry has been involved in dozens of patent trials, and her trial experience includes jury selection, opening and closing statements, and direct and cross examinations of expert and fact witnesses.
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.
Ms. Henry’s experience has earned her recognition as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star every year from 2012 through 2019. She was also named among the Top 100 Up-and-Coming Attorneys in Texas as well as the Top 50 Up-and-Coming Females in Texas in 2018 and 2019. Ms. Henry is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of The Honorable T. John Ward American Inn of Court.
Although a native of East Texas, Ms. Henry attended Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts for high school, where she graduated magna cum laude. Ms. Henry graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University in 2002, before earning her law degree from Stanford Law School in 2005 where she was a pro bono distinguished graduate and a member of Women of Stanford Law and the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation.
Ms. Henry is active in the East Texas community and has been on numerous boards, including the Board of Directors of the Longview Economic Development Corporation, Newgate Homeless Mission, ArtsView Children’s Theatre, The Longview Museum of Fine Arts, and the Johnson Foundation. Ms. Henry attends First United Methodist Church in Longview, where she serves on the Board of Trustees. Ms. Henry has also served as a volunteer for the Vanderbilt University Commodore Recruitment Program. While attending law school, Ms. Henry volunteered as a sexual assault counselor and victim’s advocate.
About Claire Abernathy Henry
First Admitted: 2006, Texas
Professional Webpage: http://www.wsfirm.com/attorneys/claire-abernathy-henry/
- 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.
- 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
- Newgate Mission Board of Directors, 2016
- Longview Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, Ex-officio Director, 2015
- ArtsView Children's Theatre Board of Directors, 2014
- The Longview Museum of Fine Arts board of directors
- The Johnson Foundation board of directors
- First United Methodist Church in Longview, TX - Board of Trustees
- Volunteer for the Vanderbilt University Commodore Recruitment Program
- $43 million verdict against T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Ericsson. Ward, Smith & Hill attorneys Johnny Ward, Claire Henry, and Andrea Fair, along with co-counsel Martin J. Black and Kevin M. Flannery of Dechert LLP, helped Intellectual Ventures I LLC secure a $43 million verdict to Intellectual Ventures I LLC after finding telecom heavyweights T-Mobile and Ericsson Inc. infringed on the company’s patents used for wireless services for the LTE network. The jury awarded $34 million against T-Mobile and $9 million against Ericsson. Case No. 2:17-cv-577; Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., T-Mobile US, Inc., Ericsson Inc., and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson., 2019
- $62.7 million verdict against Samsung. Attorneys Johnny Ward, Claire Henry, and Andrea Fair, along with Marc Fenster, Reza Mirzaie and Neil A. Rubin of Russ August & Kabat, helped Solas OLED Ltd. win a $62.7 million patent infringement verdict against Samsung Display Company Ltd. The six-day trial resulted in a verdict that Samsung had infringed on patents related to active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) functions used in OLED displays for Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones. Solas OLED Ltd. v. Samsung Display Co. Ltd. et al., case number 2:19-cv-00152, in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division., 2021
- $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., et.al., 2018
- Up-and-Coming 100 Texas Rising Stars (statewide honor for the top 100), 2018, 2019
- Up-and-Coming 50 Women Texas Rising Stars (top 50 females statewide), 2018, 2019
- Ranked among the Best Law Firms in IP Litigation by US News/Best Lawyers, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
- Texas Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- Ms. Henry was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Vanderbilt University.
- Ms. Henry was a pro bono distinguished graduate of Stanford Law School.
Last Updated: 6/25/2022