Thomas C. Wright

Dallas, Texas

A good trial lawyer educates a jury on the issues before them, and like a favorite teacher, does it without making it seem like a chore. Tom Wright is a trial lawyer that spent a lot of time in front of a classroom (and in the lab) before becoming a lawyer.  Tom has a Ph.D. in chemistry and is a former Professor of Chemistry.  He has taught at the Austin and Arlington campuses of the University of Texas, as well as a stint at the Imperial College of Science and Technology of the University of London where he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by Prof. Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Tom has presented invited lectures at universities across the United States and in Europe.

Tom’s practice involves intellectual property disputes, e.g. patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, and he has the demonstrated ability to take complex issues of technology and law and express them in a way that allows those unfamiliar with either to feel at ease. In addition to representing clients of Cunningham Swaim, Tom frequently serves as local counsel for parties and law firms from other areas of Texas and around the country.  In addition to his work in court, Tom also handles post grant proceedings, i.e. inter-partes review and covered business method review, at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board at the USPTO.  Tom also advises clients on the strategic protection and monetization of intellectual property rights through acquisition, licensing and other transactions.

Areas of Practice

  • Patent litigation
  • Trademark and Trade Dress litigation
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Licensing

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 2000
    • Law Journal: Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, Managing Editor
  • Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London
    • Postdoctoral Fellow - 1986
  • University of Texas at Austin
    • Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry/Materials Science - 1984
  • University of Texas at Austin
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1981
    • Honors: Robert A. Welch Foundation Undergraduate Scholar

Representative Clients

  • Raytheon Company
  • L-3 Communications
  • Celanese Corporation
  • AT&T
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Omni Hotels
  • GNC Corporation
  • National Instruments
  • Clearline Corporation
  • Allvoice
  • Southwest Agri-Plastics
  • Dave & Buster’s
  • The Southern Company
  • Heeling Sports Limited aka Heelys

Honors and Awards

  • Rated AV Preeminent, the highest possible ranking, by Martindale Hubbel
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” in the areas of Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation in 2005 by Thomson Reuters

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Chemical Practice Committee
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Patent Litigation Committee
  • American Chemical Society
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • Sigma Xi Research Honor Society


  • English (Primary)