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Erik Fountain is an associate in McKool Smith's Dallas office. He focuses his practice on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. While attending law school, he was a law clerk in the Civil Litigation Division in the United States Attorney's Office. He also held an internship with Cisco, where he worked with in-house counsel on matters related to intellectual property licensing and commercial litigation. Erik was an Articles Editor on the SMU Law Review.

In 2016, Erik left private practice to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Rodney Gilstrap in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. During his clerkship, Erik gained invaluable experience assisting Judge Gilstrap manage one of the busiest civil dockets in the country.

Prior to attending law school, Erik was an account manager at Qualtrics, where he negotiated software licensing agreements with large companies in a wide range of industries.

Erik is proficient in Japanese.


Rankings & Honors

  • Named a Texas "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2019

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J.D., magna cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2015

  • Order of the Coif

B.A., Political Science, Brigham Young University, 2010

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas
  • The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Federal Circuits
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