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Rudolph “Rudy” Fink IV is an associate in McKool Smith's Dallas office. He focuses his practice on the litigation and appeals of both commercial and intellectual property cases. Prior to joining the firm, Rudy served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable William C. Bryson in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and to the Honorable J. Rodney Gilstrap and the Honorable Roy S. Payne in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. During his clerkships, Rudy was responsible for more than 1,000 complex civil cases and actively participated in hundreds of hours of judicial proceedings, including 13 trials, which covered areas from personal injury to patents.

Prior to clerking, Rudy was an associate at a large international firm, where he represented clients in patent, breach of contract, unfair competition, and false advertising matters.  Throughout law school, Rudy also worked full-time for large international firms as a technical advisor/specialist, supporting cases in federal courts across the country from pitch through post-trial by developing and resolving factual issues underlying the matters.

Before moving into the law, Rudy worked in neuroscience research, developing novel laser microscope systems, and as a freelance consultant to corporate and academic research organizations.


Rankings & Honors

  • Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court Award, given annually to one junior member, May 2016

  • Exceptional Merit Award, American Society of Anesthesiologists for a “Fiber Optic Bronchoscope Computer Simulator” project

Media & Events

Speaking Engagements



  • 2012 Patent Law Decisions of the Federal Circuit, 62 Am. U. L. Rev. 827 (2013)
  • "Three-dimensional Random Access Multiphoton Microscopy for Fast Functional Imaging of Neuronal Activity," Nature Neuroscience, June 2008, at 713-720


J.D., The University of Houston Law Center, 2012

B.S., Computer Science, Rice University, 2002


  • Hon. William C. Bryson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Hon. Roy S. Payne, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • The U.S. Supreme Court
  • The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st – 11th Circuits
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
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