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Alex Chern is an associate in McKool Smith's Dallas office.  He has significant experience handling complex matters at both the trial and appellate stages of litigation, including standard-essential patent, antitrust, and contract disputes.

Alex’s experience includes representing clients in litigation related to standard-essential patents subject to FRAND obligations.  He recently represented Ericsson in its FRAND-related dispute with Samsung and played a key role in helping secure an anti-interference injunction on behalf of Ericsson.

Alex joined McKool Smith after a successful tenure at a top Dallas firm and a year-long clerkship with the Honorable Amos L. Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  While in law school, Alex was awarded the Justice Mack Kidd Outstanding Senior Appellate Advocacy Award, the Dean's Achievement Award in Legal Research & Writing, and was inducted into the Order of the Barristers. He also spent a full year drafting briefs filed with the United States Supreme Court as a member of UT Law's U.S. Supreme Court Clinic and served as a law clerk for the Texas Office of the Solicitor General.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Ericsson v. Samsung: Represented Ericsson in a FRAND-related dispute against Samsung.  Helped secure a crucial anti-interference injunction preventing Samsung from enforcing an antisuit injunction it had obtained against Ericsson in Wuhan, China.  After obtaining the anti-interference injunction, the parties agreed to settle on confidential terms.

Articles

Publications

Alexander J. Chern, “Hybrid Witnesses” Are Not Entitled to “Hybrid Rules”, 38.3 Rev. Litig. 333 (2019)

Education

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2018

B.A., Political Science, Southern Methodist University, 2014

Clerkships

  • Hon. Amos L. Mazzant, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

Court Admissions

  • The State of Texas
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas
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