Johny Ward

Johny Ward

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
Email: Johny Ward
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Having served as a trial attorney in more than 45 jury trials involving a variety of challenging legal issues, Johnny Ward is one of the most distinguished trial lawyers in East Texas.  He has successfully tried numerous complex cases to verdict, including those involving patent infringement, theft of trade secrets, and other complex commercial matters. In the process, Mr. Ward has secured a string of major courtroom victories against some of the world’s most recognizable companies, including Apple, Samsung, Verizon, and Microsoft.

In 2018, Johnny Ward, along with attorneys from Caldwell Cassady & Curry, secured a $502.6 million patent infringement verdict against Apple Inc. It was the largest verdict in Texas in 2018, according to VerdictSearch.

Mr. Ward’s courtroom work has earned him a national reputation in high stakes litigation.  At the age of 41 he became a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He also is a fellow in the International Society of Barristers, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is recognized among the Best Lawyers in America, and as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters for 16 years in a row.  Each of these honors is the result of the reputation he has built among law firms across the country which frequently call upon him to assist in the trial of complex cases before East Texas juries.

Most recently, Johnny Ward was named Lawyer of the Year in Tyler by Best Lawyers in America for his work in IP Litigation (2018). Also, he was ranked in the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas statewide in 2018, earned recognition as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation in 2015-2019, as well as among the World's Leading Patent Professionals by IAM Patent 1000.

Mr. Ward is admitted to practice before the 5th and 6th Circuit United States Courts of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts. He graduated with distinction from the University of Oklahoma in 1992 and Texas Tech Law School in 1995 (Magna Cum Laude), before clerking for the Hon. Robert M. Parker (Ret.) with the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Certificates and Credentials

About Johny Ward

Admitted: 1995, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.wsfirm.com/attorneys/johnny-ward/

Honors/Awards:

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Property Law, Medical Malpractice, Consumer Law
  • Best Law Firms in IP Litigation, by U.S. News/Best Lawyers, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas (statewide) by Thomson Reuters, 2018, 2019
  • Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • World's Leading Patent Professionals by IAM Patent 1000, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth by Thomson Reuters, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Lawyer of the Year in Tyler for IP Litigation by Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking offered.  Mr. Ward earned special praise for meeting very high ethical standards.
  • AAJ National Mock Trial Team

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of Texas — Member
  • Mr. Ward is admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeal for 5th and 6th Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Texas, and the Colorado State District Courts.  
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit — Member
  • American Association for Justice — Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation — Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers – Fellow
  • Gregg County Bar Association — Member
  • Northeast Texas Bar Association — Member
  • International Society of Barristers — Fellow
  • Member of the Texas Tech University School of Law Board of Barristers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates — Member
  • Bar Association for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas — Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association — Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mr. Ward served as an unpaid special prosecutor in State v. Moulton, a murder case that stemmed from the wrongful death civil case he handled on behalf of a decedent’s family. The criminal trial resulted in a murder conviction.

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $502.6 million patent infringement verdict against Apple Inc. It was the largest verdict in Texas in 2018, according to VerdictSearch. Johnny Ward, along with attorneys from Caldwell Cassady & Curry, helped VirnetX secure a win in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division., 2018
  • $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
  • Successfully obtained a take nothing jury verdict for defendants Medallion Foods, Inc. and Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. in a patent and trademark infringement and theft of trade secrets case. Frito-Lay North America, Inc. v. Medallion Foods, Inc. et.al., No. 4:12cv74, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division., 2013
  • Secured a sizeable verdict upholding six patent infringement claims against wireless telephone powerhouse Verizon. Cheetah Omni LLC v. Verizon Services Corporation, et.al., No. 6:09-cv-00260, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division., 2011
  • Co-lead counsel in a substantial patent infringement verdict won by a developer of antennas for wireless devices against global technology giant Samsung Electronics. Fractus, S.A. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al., No. 6:09cv203, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division., 2011
  • Reached a favorable settlement with multiple defendants in a patent infringement lawsuit during trial. Network-1 Security Solutions, Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc., et al., No. 6:08-cv-00030-LED, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division., 2010
  • Obtained a significant verdict and final judgment for our client after a federal jury found willful and literal patent infringement covering nine asserted claims. ReedHycalog UK, Ltd. et al. v. Diamond Innovations, Inc., No. 6:08-cv-00325-LED, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division., 2010
  • Won one of the largest patent infringement verdicts ever handed down against computer giant Microsoft and other defendants. z4 Technologies, Inc. vs. Microsoft Corporation and Autodesk, Inc., No. 6:06-CV-142, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division., 2006

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Selection to the American College of Trial Lawyers.
  • Mr. Ward’s courtroom track record includes major courtroom victories against some of the world’s most recognizable companies, including Apple, Samsung and Microsoft, among others.

Educational Background:

  • Mr. Ward earned his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas, in 1995. In 1992, he earned his undergraduate degree with distinction at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., majoring in economics.

Industry Groups

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Technology
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Office Location for Johny Ward

1507 Bill Owens Parkway
Longview, TX 75604

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Last Updated: 12/9/2019

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