- J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1991. Order of the Barristers; Board of Advocates; Mock Trial Team
- B.A., University of Texas, 1988
- State of Texas
- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
- The U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
- Federal Bar Association; 2004-2005 President Dallas Chapter
- American Bar Association
- State Bar Association
- Tarrant County Bar Association
- Tarrant County Bar Foundation
- Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit
- Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Association
Jill Bindler is an Associate in the Dallas office of McKool Smith whose practice deals with complex commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation.
Prior to joining McKool Smith, Ms. Bindler was an Associate at Brackett & Ellis, PC, and an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas. She continues to represent indigent defendants in federal court through her service on the Criminal Justice Act Panel. From 1991-93, she was a clerk to Magistrate Judge Alex H. McGlinchey of the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division. Before that, she was an intern for Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie of the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.
Ms. Bindler is involved in a number of professional and community activities. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Bindler was co-chair of Attorneys Serving the Community, a volunteer organization of women attorneys that raises awareness and funds for local charities benefiting women and children, and she continues to actively participate in its mission. Ms. Bindler recently joined the Board of Family Gateway Affordable Housing following six years of service on the Board of Family Gateway Inc. so that she could continue supporting their mission of helping homeless families with children become self-sufficient.
- MOSAID Technologies, Inc. Ms. Bindler represents MOSAID in a patent infringement lawsuit filed against, among others, Dell, Research in Motion, Asus Computer, Canon and Lexmark. The patents-in-suit claim technology relating to 802.11 compliant Wi-Fi devices.
- Halliburton v. BJ Services Company. Represents Halliburton in a case in which Halliburton alleges infringement of several patents covering hydrajet fracturing of oil and gas wells. The case was transferred from District Court to an arbitration proceeding before the American Arbitration Association where it is currently pending.
- Weatherford International v. Halliburton. Represented Halliburton and General Plastics in a suit in which Weatherford alleged infringement of patents covering method of forming composite parts for use in downhole tools, such as frac plugs, bridge plugs, and packers. The matter settled shortly before trial.
- Golden Hour v. emsCharts. Ms. Bindler represents defendant, emsCharts. After the initial bench trial, the Court found the plaintiff's patent unenforceable due to inequitable conduct, and entered a take-nothing judgment in favor of the client. The Federal Circuit affirmed the judgment but remanded for further findings. The parties are awaiting ruling following the second inequitable conduct bench trial.
- Ericsson. Ms. Bindler represents Ericsson in a variety of licensing and litigation matters.
- United States of America, ex rel, et al. v. Integrated Coast Guard Systems, et al. Ms. Bindler represented Lockheed Martin in False Claim Act litigation involving Lockheed’s C4ISR systems. The matter was resolved shortly before trial.
- Wyeth and Cordis v. Medtronic, et al. Ms. Bindler represented Medtronic in a patent infringement suit regarding drug-eluting stent technology.
- Wall Cardiovascular Technologies v. Medtronic, et al. Ms. Bindler represented Medtronic in a patent infringement suit brought by a patentee against U.S. manufacturers of drug-eluting stents.
- i2 Technologies, Inc. (now JDA Software Group) v. Oracle Corp. Ms. Bindler represented i2 in a patent infringement action involving supply chain planning and application management patents. The parties reached a settlement agreement following the pretrial conference.
- i2 v. SAP. Represented i2 Technologies, a pioneer in supply chain management software, as plaintiff against SAP asserting infringement of seven patents, in 2008. SAP settled shortly after the Markman hearing.
- Sky Technologies LLC v. i2 Technologies, Inc. Ms. Bindler defended i2 against allegations that it infringed patents relating to certain automated negotiations technology. The matter settled favorably for i2 while awaiting a claim construction ruling by the Court.
- Wyble v. Gulf South Pipeline. Represented Gulf South, an interstate natural gas pipeline, against a class of landowners seeking to have a court-appointed master take control of the pipeline system due to alleged violations of the Pipeline Safety Act. After the Eastern District of Texas entered a landmark ruling denying the plaintiffs’ standing to bring most of their claims, the case settled on favorable terms for the pipeline company.
- Kozak v. Medtronic Sofamor Danek. Ms. Bindler represented Medtronic Sofamor Danek in a case alleging theft of trade secrets and breach of contract. Summary judgment was granted on a majority of the claims in the case, and the remaining claims were settled.
Professional & Community Activities
- 2001 - Present Member, Attorneys Serving the Community
- 2003-2005 Co-Chair, Attorneys Serving the Community
- 2006-2012 Board of Directors, Family Gateway
- 2008-2009 Chair, Board of Directors, Family Gateway
- 2012-Present Board of Directors and Secretary, Family Gateway Affordable Housing
- 2011-Present Barrister, Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court
- Northern District of Texas Criminal Justice Administration Advisory Panel
- Northern District of Texas Criminal Justice Administration Panel Member
- Northern District of Texas Court Advisory Panel
- Northern District of Texas Court History Committee