Don Jackson has 25 years of wide-ranging litigation experience with emphasis on energy industry and intellectual property matters. His energy litigation experience includes disputes over royalties, trespass, prudent operations, lease terminations, joint operating agreements, products liability, and removal of the operator. Don's intellectual property litigation experience includes trade secrets, patents, copyrights, and trademarks.  He also has extensive experience representing industry-leading companies in lawsuits involving business torts, eminent domain, and defamation.

Don is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for his work in Product Liability Litigation, 2012-2018. He was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, in Energy & Natural Resources, Business Litigation, and Intellectual Property Litigation, 2013-2018. Don was also recognized in Houston Business Journal's list of Who's Who in Energy, American City Business Journals, 2013. He has a peer rating of AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 by Martindale Hubbell.

Before law school, Don was an Exxon engineer and developed oil and gas fields in Texas and Alaska. He received a Texas professional engineer's license, has degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and is a registered patent attorney.

  • Co-lead counsel for major oil field service company and defeated plaintiff’s temporary injunction application, leading to settlement of trade secret claims.
  • Lead counsel for major Eagle Ford Shale operator sued for trespass and obtained take nothing judgment after successfully striking opponent’s expert.
  • Lead counsel for S. Texas operator suing a neighboring operator for underground trespass and obtained favorable confidential settlements from the offset operator, the operator’s engineering contractor, and the client’s primary insurer.
  • Lead counsel for an offshore platform operator suing a lifeboat vendor for warranty claims and obtained a multi-million dollar recovery.
  • Co-counsel for a refining technology company and obtained a permanent injunction and damages against a former executive who misappropriated a trade secret catalyst formula.
  • As lead counsel, defended world’s largest fertilizer manufacturer and obtained complete dismissal of claims for breach of contract and tortious interference.
  • As lead counsel, represented small independent operator damaged by defective well casing and obtained substantial settlements from multiple supply chain defendants.
  • As co-counsel, represented small independent against major operator for joint operating agreement violations and obtained substantial settlement from defendant seller of multi-million dollar working interests.
  • As lead counsel, represented pipeline affiliate of supermajor energy company in arbitration and recovered $4.3 million arbitration award against manufacturer of defective valves.
  • As lead counsel, defended start-up oilfield service company and former employees of rival oilfield service company in trade secret/fiduciary duty dispute and achieved "walkaway" after filing counterclaims against the former employer.
  • As lead counsel, prosecuted major energy company's trademark infringement claim and obtained permanent injunction resulting in elimination of defendant's website.
  • Partnered with other law firms to represent the world's largest contract semiconductor manufacturer in trade secret litigation to obtain a $200 million settlement for the client.
  • As lead counsel, represented independent oil and gas operator in multiple lease termination disputes and negotiated lease extensions.
  • As lead counsel, represented small independent working interest owner and successfully removed the operator for misappropriating joint interest funds.
  • Represented world's largest energy drink provider in trademark infringement lawsuit and obtained permanent injunction and damages.
  • Represented small independent oil and gas company in dispute with operator over offshore plugging and abandoning costs.
  • Defended major chemical company in patent infringement lawsuit and obtained favorable settlement.
  • Represented small independent working interest owner and obtained favorable settlement against operator, a major energy company, in dispute over damaged wells and breach of operating agreement.
  • As lead counsel, represented major Japanese machinery manufacturer in trade secret litigation against former employees and secured a permanent injunction.
  • Defended gas marketing affiliate of supermajor energy company accused of fraud and obtained favorable settlement after month-long jury trial.
  • As lead counsel, defended nation's second largest energy trading company accused of copyright infringement and obtained favorable settlement after filing a summary judgment motion.
  • As lead counsel in trademark infringement lawsuit represented nation's largest funeral service company and obtained permanent injunction and damages.
  • Represented gas marketing affiliate of supermajor energy company in consumer class action that resulted in dismissal.
  • Lead counsel at trial and on appeal for the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee-permanent injunction against defendant affirmed.  
  • Represented pipeline affiliate of supermajor energy company in numerous eminent domain cases and obtained rights-of-way.
  • Defended book publisher and authors in defamation suit at trial and on appeal, resulting in take nothing judgment.
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for his work in Product Liability Litigation, 2012-2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, in Energy & Natural Resources, Business Litigation, and Intellectual Property Litigation, 2013-2017
  • Recognized in Houston Business Journal's list of Who's Who in Energy, American City Business Journals, 2013
  • Peer rating of AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 by Martindale Hubbell

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Houston Bar Association, Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Section (Chair, 2010-2011)
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow