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Ed is an experienced trial lawyer and is a partner in our Trial & Global Disputes practice and is located in the firm’s Austin office. He has been recognized nationally for representing clients in a range of litigation issues, including complex business litigation, energy disputes, professional liability, securities litigation, patent litigation and trade secrets. Ed has experience trying high-stakes cases in both state and federal courts throughout the United States.

His representation of clients has awarded him several national and local distinctions from leading publications like The National Law JournalThe Best Lawyers in America, and Austin Black Business Journal.

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Credentials

J.D., Columbia University School of Law

B.A., Dartmouth College

Massachusetts

Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Chair, Board of Trustees, Texas Bar Foundation, 2010 – 2011

Director, Houston Bar Association, 1996 – 2000

Director, State Bar of Texas, 2005 – 2008

Director, Texas Appleseed, 2007 – 2016

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honor Society, 2019 – Present

LeadershipSBOT Steering Committee, State Bar of Texas, 2010 – 2011

Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2016 – Present

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Advisory Board, 2012 – Present

Selected as one of the 2019 “Top 10 Central Texas Super Lawyers”


Austin Black Business Journal

Selected as a “Best Lawyer for Commercial Litigation” and “Litigation – Environmental” in Texas


The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 – 2019

Recognized by The National Law Journal in its feature “Winning” ranking that profiles that nation’s top 10 litigators


2004

Recognized as one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America”


The National Law Journal, 2008

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Recognition

Selected as one of the 2019 “Top 10 Central Texas Super Lawyers”


Austin Black Business Journal

Selected as a “Best Lawyer for Commercial Litigation” and “Litigation – Environmental” in Texas


The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 – 2019

Recognized by The National Law Journal in its feature “Winning” ranking that profiles that nation’s top 10 litigators


2004

Recognized as one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America”


The National Law Journal, 2008

News

In the News · Source: Texas Lawyer, Bloomberg Law, Law360, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Texas Bar Journal and The Texas Lawbook

September 17, 2019
Trial lawyer Ed Fernandes joins the firm's Trial & Global Disputes practice group in Austin

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Represented one of the nation's largest specialty chemical companies in a six-week trade secret jury trial against a competitor resulting in a $152 million jury verdict for the client. The verdict was identified by The National Law Journal as one of the 10 largest verdicts in the U.S. in 2006.

Represented a major U.S. Bank in a $400 million fraud case brought by a Mexican pharmaceutical company resulting in a defense jury verdict for the client after a multi-week jury trial and awarding the client $2 million in attorneys' fees.

Represented a major manufacturer in a $270 million antitrust lawsuit resulting in a directed verdict for the client after seven weeks of trial.

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Represented one of the nation's largest specialty chemical companies in a six-week trade secret jury trial against a competitor resulting in a $152 million jury verdict for the client. The verdict was identified by The National Law Journal as one of the 10 largest verdicts in the U.S. in 2006.

Represented a major U.S. Bank in a $400 million fraud case brought by a Mexican pharmaceutical company resulting in a defense jury verdict for the client after a multi-week jury trial and awarding the client $2 million in attorneys' fees.

Represented a major manufacturer in a $270 million antitrust lawsuit resulting in a directed verdict for the client after seven weeks of trial.

Represented a major venture capital firm in a $300 million breach of contract case by a Spanish language television station resulting in a defense jury verdict for the client.

Represented a river authority in a federal bench trial defending claims that water diversions caused the death of whooping cranes in violation of the Endangered Species Act. After the trial court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, the 5th Circuit reversed and rendered, holding that the plaintiff failed to establish proximate cause and foreseeability as a matter of law. Law360 named the case one of the top five environmental cases of the year.

Represented a major U.S. bank in a four-week trial successfully defending an action by the FDIC seeking $1.2 billion in damages.

Represented a major international software company in connection with a $1.3 billion patent infringement and trade secret dispute.

Represented one of the nation's largest accounting firms in connection with a $500 million negligence/malpractice lawsuit.

Represented one of the nation's largest utility companies in the defense of a $200 million class action.

Represented a major law firm in an $80 million class action involving claims of aiding and abetting securities violations.

Represented one of the nation's largest medical devices manufacturers in connection with a $1 billion patent infringement and trade secrets case.

Represented one of the nation's largest banks in a suit by 54 foreign investors alleging fraud and aiding and abetting securities violations and seeking more than $27 million.

Represented a bankruptcy trustee in a highly publicized bankruptcy case involving one of the nation's largest mortgage fraud cases.

Represented an international telecommunications provider in a $15 million fraud claim.

News

In the News · Source: Texas Lawyer, Bloomberg Law, Law360, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Texas Bar Journal and The Texas Lawbook

September 17, 2019
Trial lawyer Ed Fernandes joins the firm's Trial & Global Disputes practice group in Austin

View all

Matters

Represented one of the nation's largest specialty chemical companies in a six-week trade secret jury trial against a competitor resulting in a $152 million jury verdict for the client. The verdict was identified by The National Law Journal as one of the 10 largest verdicts in the U.S. in 2006.

Represented a major U.S. Bank in a $400 million fraud case brought by a Mexican pharmaceutical company resulting in a defense jury verdict for the client after a multi-week jury trial and awarding the client $2 million in attorneys' fees.

Represented a major manufacturer in a $270 million antitrust lawsuit resulting in a directed verdict for the client after seven weeks of trial.

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Matters

Represented one of the nation's largest specialty chemical companies in a six-week trade secret jury trial against a competitor resulting in a $152 million jury verdict for the client. The verdict was identified by The National Law Journal as one of the 10 largest verdicts in the U.S. in 2006.

Represented a major U.S. Bank in a $400 million fraud case brought by a Mexican pharmaceutical company resulting in a defense jury verdict for the client after a multi-week jury trial and awarding the client $2 million in attorneys' fees.

Represented a major manufacturer in a $270 million antitrust lawsuit resulting in a directed verdict for the client after seven weeks of trial.

Represented a major venture capital firm in a $300 million breach of contract case by a Spanish language television station resulting in a defense jury verdict for the client.

Represented a river authority in a federal bench trial defending claims that water diversions caused the death of whooping cranes in violation of the Endangered Species Act. After the trial court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, the 5th Circuit reversed and rendered, holding that the plaintiff failed to establish proximate cause and foreseeability as a matter of law. Law360 named the case one of the top five environmental cases of the year.

Represented a major U.S. bank in a four-week trial successfully defending an action by the FDIC seeking $1.2 billion in damages.

Represented a major international software company in connection with a $1.3 billion patent infringement and trade secret dispute.

Represented one of the nation's largest accounting firms in connection with a $500 million negligence/malpractice lawsuit.

Represented one of the nation's largest utility companies in the defense of a $200 million class action.

Represented a major law firm in an $80 million class action involving claims of aiding and abetting securities violations.

Represented one of the nation's largest medical devices manufacturers in connection with a $1 billion patent infringement and trade secrets case.

Represented one of the nation's largest banks in a suit by 54 foreign investors alleging fraud and aiding and abetting securities violations and seeking more than $27 million.

Represented a bankruptcy trustee in a highly publicized bankruptcy case involving one of the nation's largest mortgage fraud cases.

Represented an international telecommunications provider in a $15 million fraud claim.

News

In the News · Source: Texas Lawyer, Bloomberg Law, Law360, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Texas Bar Journal and The Texas Lawbook

September 17, 2019
Trial lawyer Ed Fernandes joins the firm's Trial & Global Disputes practice group in Austin

View all

Credentials

J.D., Columbia University School of Law

B.A., Dartmouth College

Massachusetts

Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Chair, Board of Trustees, Texas Bar Foundation, 2010 – 2011

Director, Houston Bar Association, 1996 – 2000

Director, State Bar of Texas, 2005 – 2008

Director, Texas Appleseed, 2007 – 2016

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honor Society, 2019 – Present

LeadershipSBOT Steering Committee, State Bar of Texas, 2010 – 2011

Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2016 – Present

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Advisory Board, 2012 – Present

Selected as one of the 2019 “Top 10 Central Texas Super Lawyers”


Austin Black Business Journal

Selected as a “Best Lawyer for Commercial Litigation” and “Litigation – Environmental” in Texas


The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 – 2019

Recognized by The National Law Journal in its feature “Winning” ranking that profiles that nation’s top 10 litigators


2004

Recognized as one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America”


The National Law Journal, 2008

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Recognition

Selected as one of the 2019 “Top 10 Central Texas Super Lawyers”


Austin Black Business Journal

Selected as a “Best Lawyer for Commercial Litigation” and “Litigation – Environmental” in Texas


The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 – 2019

Recognized by The National Law Journal in its feature “Winning” ranking that profiles that nation’s top 10 litigators


2004

Recognized as one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America”


The National Law Journal, 2008