PARTNER

Martin Robson

PARTNER

CONTACT

[email protected]

3333 Lee Parkway
Suite 460
Dallas, TX 75219
Phone: (469) 587-7245
Fax: (214) 764-8392

Martin Robson is a Partner at Charhon Callahan Robson & Garza. He represents foreign and domestic companies engaged in complex commercial and patent litigation in federal and state courts nationwide. His cases have involved breach of contracts, unfair competition and trade secret disputes, business torts and breach of fiduciary duty claims, antitrust claims, intellectual property disputes, claims related to the oil and gas industry and insurance coverage disputes.

Prior to forming CCRG, Mr. Robson practiced law at McKool Smith and Strasburger & Price in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Robson is admitted to practice in the State of Texas and all federal courts in Texas.

EDUCATION

J.D., The John Marshall Law School
B.A., Baylor University

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Boy Scouts of America
Ronald McDonald House Charities

MCLANE FOODSERVICES, INC.

Represents McLane in numerous business disputes related to the distribution of food and beverage products.

HYLA MOBILE, INC.

Represents Hyla in connection with litigation matters concerning wireless device trade-in programs.

CACTUS PIPE & SUPPLY, LLC

Represents Cactus Pipe in connection with various commercial litigation matters involving the supply of goods for use in oil and gas drilling.

RMG NETWORKS, INC.

Represents RMG in connection with breach of contract disputes.

MBM CORPORATION

Represents MBM in connection with disputes arising out of breach of distribution agreements.

LUMENATE TECHNOLOGIES, L.P.

Represented Lumenate in numerous matters involving theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, and breach of contracts.

1804 OPERATING, LLC

Represented 1804 Operating in numerous lawsuits arising out of the operation of salt water disposal wells.

NH RESOURCES LLC

Represented NH Resources in connection with numerous domestic lawsuits and international arbitrations concerning unfair competition, false advertising, trademark infringement, breach of contract and shareholder disputes.

BANK OF THE OZARKS

Represented Bank of the Ozarks in connection with a dispute over the failed development of a minor league baseball complex and successfully obtained summary judgment of all claims against Bank of the Ozarks. The ruling was affirmed on appeal.

PATENT LITIGATION

UNITED ACCESS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC

Represents UAT in patent litigation matters against numerous telecommunications companies regarding ADSL technology.

IRWIN SEATING COMPANY

Represents Irwin in defense of patent lawsuit concerning stadium seating design and technology used in sporting arenas.

BABBAGE HOLDINGS, LLC

Represented Babbage in numerous patent lawsuits against video game manufacturers involving multi-user, multi-device systems.

V-TECH COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.

Represented V-Tech in defense of multi-patent lawsuit related to IP telephony services.

I4I LP.

Represented i4i in a lawsuit filed against Microsoft for patent infringement involving a method and system for manipulating architecture and content of a document. After an eight-day trial, the jury found the patent valid and infringed, rendering a verdict in favor of i4i. Mr. Robson was also instrumental in obtaining a permanent injunction enjoining the sale of the accused instrumentality in Microsoft Word. The verdict was affirmed by both the Federal Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court.

VERSATA SOFTWARE, INC.

Represented Versata in its patent infringement litigation against SAP. After two separate trials, Versata secured a jury verdict finding that SAP infringed its patent and awarding Versata lost profits and reasonable royalty damages. Versata also obtained a permanent injunction enjoining the sale of SAP’s infringing products. The case was upheld by the Federal Circuit.

RAINDANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Represented Raindance in a patent infringement lawsuit involving numerous patents directed to voice transmission over network protocols and the recording and playback of collaborative web browsing sessions.

VISTO CORP.

Represented Visto in several U.S. and international patent litigation cases over smartphone synchronization software.

AUTOBYTEL, INC.

Represented Autobytel in numerous patent infringement lawsuits concerning technology involving the processing of automotive sales leads via the Internet. The lead case settled on terms favorable to Autobytel after jury selection.

MEDIATEK, INC.

Represented MediaTek in suit against Sanyo alleging infringement of several patents involving video encoding, audio down-mixing, and digital television technology. Mr. Robson was instrumental in obtaining sanctions against Sanyo that effectively stripped Sanyo of its key defense at trial which prompted a favorable settlement immediately thereafter. Mr. Robson also represented MediaTek in patent infringement lawsuits against Matsushita and Panasonic.

PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

Regional Editor, Covered Events, a Defense Research Institute publication, 1999 - 2002

A Piece of the Pie - Allocating Costs between Multiple Insurers and Insureds, coauthor, presented at Ninth Annual Ultimate Insurance Seminar, March 2000

Texas Litigation Update, paper and presentation for the Texas Independent Insurance Adjusters Association, Fall Seminar, November 1999

Past, Present and Future: The Difficulty Defining an "Occurrence," coauthor, presented at Eighth Annual Ultimate Insurance Seminar, March 1998

COURT ADMISSIONS

State of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Brett Charhon is the Managing Partner of Charhon Callahan Robson & Garza. His practice focuses on complex business disputes, intellectual property litigation and corporate investigations. Since founding the firm in 2013, Mr. Charhon has represented numerous large corporations in significant disputes involving, among other things, allegations of fraud, theft of trade secrets, patent infringement, breaches of contract, and breaches of fiduciary duty. Mr. Charhon’s clients include Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries (McLane Company, Inc. and MBM Corp.), Capital Southwest Corporation, Hyla, Cloudflare and Ericsson.

Mr. Charhon also represents a number of family offices and investment firms in Dallas, Texas. For example, he has represented Thomas Hicks (one of America’s leading businessmen and the former owner of the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers) and Mr. Hicks’ affiliated companies in numerous cases pending in both state and federal court over the course of the past decade. Mr. Charhon also routinely represents DalFort Capital (and its portfolio companies), Lennox Capital Partners, Crux Capital, Guideboat Capital Partners, Craftsman Capital Partners (and its portfolio companies), and First Capital Group of Texas.

Mr. Charhon believes in immersing himself in the businesses of the companies he represents to fully understand his clients’ objectives both in and out of the courtroom. He is results oriented with a rigorous methodology for preparing complex matters for trial developed during the ten years he practiced at McKool Smith, P.C., in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Charhon was a Shareholder at McKool Smith when he left the firm in 2013.

Mr. Charhon graduated from Tulane University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He attended law school at Southern Methodist University and received his J.D. in 2003. Mr. Charhon is licensed to practice law in Texas and New York.

Mr. Charhon lives in Dallas, Texas, with his partner, Brandy Williams, and their daughter.

EDUCATION

J.D., Southern Methodist University Law School
B.A., Tulane University

McLANE COMPANY, INC.

Mr. Charhon represents McLane Company (a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary) and its affiliates as lead counsel in numerous cases in jurisdictions throughout the United States. Mr. Charhon represented McLane in a commercial arbitration against Circle K, and has represented McLane in multiple federal court cases including a suit filed in the Eastern District of New York related to New York’s Cigarette Marketing Standards Act and a suit filed in the Western District of Texas involving constitutional challenges to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and the TABC’s permitting decisions.

Mr. Charhon has also represented McLane and its affiliates as lead counsel in over a dozen state court matters in Dallas County, Tarrant County, Potter County and Travis Counties, including a dispute with a foodservice provider and in various landlord-tenant matters. Mr. Charhon currently represents McLane’s affiliate, Velocity Freight Transport, Inc., in a case pending in Collin County.

CLOUDFLARE

Mr. Charhon has represented Cloudflare, a publicly traded internet security company, in numerous intellectual-property matters including a trade-secret misappropriation case brought by Swarmify in the Northern District of California. Mr. Charhon and his colleagues obtained a denial of Swarmify’s motion for a preliminary injunction, a dismissal of Swarmify’s case with prejudice, and an award of attorney’s fees.

RMG NETWORKS

Mr. Charhon has represented RMG Networks as lead counsel in plaintiff and defense matters. Most recently, Mr. Charhon represented RMG in a patent infringement case brought against by Ultravision Technologies, LLC in the Northern District of Texas.

UNITED ACCESS TECHNOLOGIES

Mr. Charhon represents United Access Technologies in its patent-infringement lawsuits brought in the District of Delaware against Verizon, Qwest, Frontier and AT&T. Mr. Charhon was called upon to first represent United Access following an unfavorable judgment entered by the district court, which was the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned.

AETHON ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Mr. Charhon has represented Aethon Energy Management, an investment firm founded by Albert Huddleston, in numerous litigations matters over the past five years. Mr. Charhon currently serves as Aethon’s lead counsel in a breach of contract case involving GE Mobile Water, Inc. pending before the American Arbitration Association and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

THE AMYNTA GROUP

Mr. Charhon regularly represents that Amynta Group, an insurance services company with more than $3.5 billion in managed premium and 2,000 associates across North America, Europe and Australia, with is litigation matters. Over the past five years, Mr. Charhon has served as lead counsel for Amynta and its affiliates in more than ten cases pending in various jurisdictions including Dallas County, Tarrant County, and the American Arbitration Association.

CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORP.

Mr. Charhon has represented Capital Southwest Corporation, a publicly traded business-development company, in multiple matters including stockholder litigation against Wellogix, Inc. Capital Southwest filed suit against Wellogix in Dallas County, and Mr. Charhon obtained two injunctions prohibiting Wellogix from entering into two different merger transactions that Capital Southwest alleged violated its rights as a preferred stockholder. Mr. Charhon also represented Capital Southwest at the Fifth District Court of Appeals.

LENNOX CAPITAL PARTNERS

Mr. Charhon has represented Lennox Capital Partners and its principal, Richard Squires, in numerous disputes both in and out of the courtroom. Mr. Charhon currently serves as lead counsel for Lennox and its affiliates in connection with fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims brought in Dallas County against a former business associate.

CRAFTSMAN CAPITAL

Mr. Charhon represents Craftsman Capital Partners in its litigation matters. Over the past three years, Mr. Charhon has also represented three of Craftsman’s portfolio companies including CMIT Solutions, LLC, ScanData Systems, Inc. and BOXX Technologies, Inc.

DALFORT CAPITAL PARTNERS

Mr. Charhon has represented DalFort Capital Partners, a Dallas-based investment firm, and its affiliated companies, VersFlex Incorporated and United Enertech, with both litigation and non-litigation matters over the past five years.

CRUX CAPITAL

Mr. Charhon currently serves as Crux Capital’s lead counsel in a dispute pending in Dallas County and also represents one of Crux Capital’s affiliates, Buff City Soap, in a breach of contract case pending in Dallas County.

GUIDEBOAT CAPITAL PARTNERS

Mr. Charhon has represented Guideboat, a Dallas based private equity firm, since 2019 and currently represents one of its affiliates in a case pending in Dallas County.

FIRST CAPITAL GROUP OF TEXAS

Mr. Charhon has represented First Capital Group, a growth capital investment firm, as both a plaintiff and a defendant over the last five years in connection with cases filed in both Dallas County and Travis County.

CONGRUENT INVESTMENT PARTNERS

Mr. Charhon currently serves as lead counsel for Congruent, an investment firm based in Dallas, in a case pending in Dallas County Texas.

HICKS HOLDINGS

Mr. Charhon has represented Thomas Hicks and his affiliated companies for the last ten years in numerous cases pending in state and federal court. Mr. Charhon also provides Mr. Hicks and his affiliates with legal advice outside the context of litigation.

HYCROFT, LLC

Mr. Charhon represents Hycroft, a specialty merchant bank, as lead counsel in a dispute involving one of the company’s former members in a JAMS arbitration pending in New York.

HYLA, INC.

Mr. Charhon has served as lead counsel for Hyla, Inc., the global leader in incentivized wireless trade-in programs, as well as a number of Hyla’s affiliates (E-Recycling, Flipswap and Cell Again) in disputes before the Delaware Court of Chancery, Texas state court (Dallas County), and arbitration (American Arbitration Association and JAMS). Mr. Charhon recently represented Hyla in a fraudulent transfer case brought in the Central District of California where he obtained dismissal of the case on a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.

ERICSSON INC.

Over the last five years, Mr. Charhon has regularly represented Ericsson’s interests in litigation including in connection with proceedings pending in the ITC and the Eastern District of Texas.

RAIL SOLUTIONS

Mr. Charhon represented Rail Solutions in connection with its breach-of-contract claim against Genesis Energy, LP in Harris County, Texas.

CACTUS PIPE & SUPPLY

Mr. Charhon has represented Cactus Supply in numerous commercial disputes, including suits against Apache Oil Company and Ballard Exploration Company, Inc. Mr. Charhon currently represents Cactus Pipe in matters pending in both state and federal court.

RANGELINE TAPPING SERVICES

Mr. Charhon served as lead counsel for Rangeline Tapping Services, Inc. in a case in Williamson County, Texas involving claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty against Brinker Jones Environmental LLC.

NATIONAL WASTE MANAGEMENT

Mr. Charhon served as lead counsel for National Waste Management in connection with its lawsuit against Vermeer Equipment filed in Dallas County, Texas.

LENNOX INTERNATIONAL

Mr. Charhon served as lead counsel for Lennox International in a breach of contract action against Invensys Controls filed in Dallas County, Texas.

STRUCK, INC.

Mr. Charhon represented Struck, a creative agency, in proceedings against Mrs. Fields Cookies involving an alleged breach of contract. The cases were litigated in the Eastern District of Texas and before the American Arbitration Association.

YOUNAN PROPERTIES

Mr. Charhon served as lead counsel for Younan Properties in a breach-of-contract case against EXO Resources, Inc. filed in Dallas County.

COMMAND CONSULTING GROUP

Mr. Charhon represented Command Consulting Group as lead counsel against NeuralIQ. The case involved breach-of-contract claims and was litigated in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

COURT ADMISSIONS

State of Texas
State of New York
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit