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

    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 Henry

    Admitted: 2006, Texas

    Professional Webpage: http://www.wsfirm.com/attorneys/claire-abernathy-henry/

    Honors/Awards:

    • 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.

    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:

    • 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

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • $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

    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: 7/9/2020

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