Former U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham IV is an intellectual property partner in Akin Gump’s Longview, Texas, office. He advises clients on intellectual property (IP) litigation matters, with a particular focus on patent litigation.

Practice & Background

Mr. Everingham has had a distinguished career in both public service and private practice. For more than four years, he served as a magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, one of the busiest patent litigation courts in the federal system. While on the bench, Mr. Everingham handled numerous Markman proceedings and trials of complex patent cases, the vast majority of which were IP disputes involving industries such as medical devices, computer hardware and software, recreational equipment, advanced electronics and semiconductors, automotive and telecommunications. At Akin Gump, he advises clients on a variety of litigation issues, with a particular focus on the trials of patent, trade secret and other complex business matters.

From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Everingham served as the permanent law clerk to The Honorable. T. John Ward, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Everingham was an associate at another Longview, Texas, firm, where his practice focused on a variety of civil matters, representing clients in both state and federal courts. He began his legal career as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Howell Cobb, who was also a member of the bench for the Eastern District of Texas.

Mr. Everingham compiled an outstanding academic record at Baylor Law School, where he served as lead articles editor for the Baylor Law Review and received his J.D. cum laude as the “Highest Ranking Student in Graduating Class.” He received his B.A. cum laude from Stephen F. Austin State University, where he earned a degree in political science. He is a member of the Texas Bar.

Community Involvement

  • fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • member of the State Bar of Texas Committee on Professionalism

Awards and Accolades

  • named in Chambers U.S.A.: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) as a leading lawyer in the area of Intellectual Property
  • named “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation - Intellectual Property in the Tyler region (2019)
  • named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation (2018 and 2019).

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Everingham’s representative speaking engagements include:

  • Jury Instructions, Verdict Forms, and Motions in Limine, Advanced Patent Litigation Course CLE Program, San Antonio, Texas, July 21-22, 2016
  • Intellectual Property in Film and Interactive Media, 2015 SXSW Interactive + Film CLE Program, Austin, Texas, March 17, 2015
  • Joinder, Consolidated Trials, Venue Transfer, and Multi-District Litigation, Conference on Intellectual Property Law, Plano, Texas, November 12-13, 2012
  • Tips for Managing Complex Litigation in a Busy Venue, Dallas CLE Series for In-House Counsel, November 2011
  • Fifth Strategic Use of Patent Reexamination Seminar, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, October 11, 2011
  • The Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation, Del Mar, California, October 13-14, 2011 (faculty)
  • Intellectual Property, Copyrights & Trade Secrets, Advanced Civil Trial Course, Houston, Texas, October 27, 2011
  • AIA’s Non-Joinder – in Tension with MDL – What Will Litigants & Courts Do?, ACPC 2012 Winter Meeting, San Diego, California, January 18, 2012
  • Preparing Your Device Portfolio for Litigation: Limiting Liability and Managing and Reducing Costs, American Conference Institute, Medical Device Patents, Boston, Massachusetts, February 29, 2012
  • Abstract Reasoning – Recent Developments in the Law of Patentable Subject Matter Under 35 U.S.C. 101, 27th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, Arlington, Virginia, March 28, 2012
  • Judicial Perspectives on NPE Litigation, American Conference Institute, New York, New York, June 12, 2012.