C. Dunham Biles

Partner

  • location icon Dallas, TX
    2100 Ross Avenue
    Suite 2000
    Dallas, TX 75201

C. Dunham Biles is a partner in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Antitrust & Competition Practice. Mr. Biles, born and raised in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Biles brings over a decade of business litigation experience to Lewis Brisbois. Formerly a partner with the national law firm of Bickel & Brewer—a firm dedicated exclusively to high-stakes advocacy—Mr. Biles has extensive experience in litigating complex commercial matters and has first-chaired jury, non-jury, trials and arbitrations.

Mr. Biles' practice concentrates on complex commercial litigation. His expertise in advocacy and in the litigation process is deep–it is not limited by industry or subject matter. In fact, Mr. Biles has successfully represented clients in a wide range of disputes and practice areas including antitrust, patents, trade secrets, trademarks, securities, fraud, fiduciary duties, Delaware appraisal rights, employment and executive compensation, environmental, and other business disputes. In addition, Mr. Biles has extensive experience representing financial institutions in consumer financing litigation including, but not limited to: fair debt collection practice; fair credit reporting; foreclosures, and replevin matters (commercial and consumer lines). Further, Mr. Biles has successfully represented clients on significant issues of public policy, including the Voting Rights Act, the Texas Open Meetings Act, and local immigration ordinances. Mr. Biles also has extensive appellate experience, including successfully arguing Villas at Parkside Partners v. City of Farmers Branch, Texas before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals en banc.


Appointments

Member of the Board of Adjustments for Heath, Texas

Articles

Mr. Biles co-authored “Keep Justice Balanced,” published in the National Law Journal in August 2003.

Representative Matters

Trade Secrets

  • The Board of Regents, University of Texas System, on behalf of the University of Texas at Austin and Hydro-Québec v. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (Texas State Court). Represented the University of Texas in prosecuting claims against NTT for misappropriation of trade secrets related to lithium battery technology invented by Dr. John Goodenough and his team at the University of Texas.
  • Raytheon Co. v. Indigo Systems Corp. and FLIR Systems, Inc. (Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division). Defended Indigo and FLIR against claims for misappropriation of purported trade secrets related to cooled and uncooled infrared cameras.

Patents

Raytheon Co. v. Indigo Systems Corp. and FLIR Systems, Inc. (Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division). Defended FLIR and Indigo against claims for alleged infringement of patents related to cooled and uncooled infrared cameras

Antitrust

  • RSR Corp. v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., et al. (Texas State Court). Represented insured party in prosecuting antitrust, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty claims against insurers.
  • Love Terminal Partners, LP and Virginia Aerospace, LLC v. The City of Dallas, Texas, et al. (Northern District of Texas). Represented owner of a terminal at Dallas Love Field in prosecuting antitrust claims against two major airlines, the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
  • Represented multinational companies in investigating potential antitrust claims and issues throughout the world.
  • Represented clients in regard to foreign and domestic governmental antitrust investigations.

Environmental

Represented client in defending against complex, multi-party environmental litigation and natural resource damages.

Supply Contracts/Most Favored Nation Clause

RSR Corp., et al. v. Johnson Controls Battery Group, Inc. (Northern District of Texas). Represented RSR in prosecuting claims for breach of a significant multi-year supply contract and defended client against counterclaim for breach of a most favored nation clause.

Trademark and False Advertising

FLIR Systems, Inc. v. Sierra Media, Inc. and Fluke Corp. (District of Oregon). Represented FLIR in prosecuting false advertising related claims and defendant FLIR against trademark infringement claims.

Fraud, Breach of Fiduciary Duties, and Securities Fraud

  • AE Marketing, LLC v. Heritage Organization, LLC, et al. (Northern District of Texas). Represented majority owners of a hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada against minority shareholder for fraud in connection with a “squeeze-out” merger and secured a judgment regaining majority control for clients and awarding them over $26 million in punitive damages.
  • James & Jackson LLC v. Evander Holyfield, et al. (state court, Atlanta, Georgia). Represented minority owner in television network in prosecuting claims for breach of fiduciary duty against board of directors and officers arising out of a “squeeze-out” merger.

Executive Compensation/Golden Parachute

Represented former CFO and General Counsel in prosecuting claims for breach of employment agreements in regard to their golden parachute provisions after the company was taken private.

Delaware Appraisal Rights

Successfully represented a Fortune 100 company in the Delaware Court against appraisal claimants after a nearly $1 billion merger. Mr. Biles tried the matter. 

Shareholder Derivative Suit

Successfully represented a Fortune 100 company and officers against claims made in a putative class action for alleged breaches of fiduciary duties and aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duties related to a nearly $1 billion acquisition.

Financial Services Litigation

  • Represented several consumer lenders in hundreds of replevin matters.
  • Represented financial institutions in connection with fair debt collection practices and fair credit reporting matters.

Professional Presentations

Mr. Biles frequently lectures on a variety of legal issues. He recently participated in a public forum at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where he spoke about the successful legal challenge of the unconstitutional immigration ordinance adopted by the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch, Texas.
Mr. Biles was a featured presenter at the 2014 Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law National Symposium and at a Dallas Democratic Forum lecture that explored the importance of redistricting to the Latino community.

Admissions

Arizona

Texas

U.S. Supreme Court

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

United States District Court for the Northern District of Arizona

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Awards & Honors

Mr. Biles has repeatedly been recognized annually as a "Texas Rising Star" by Texas Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Texas each year.

Education

University of Chicago Law School

Juris Doctor, 2000

University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts, 1996

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