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Clifford (Chad) Henson

Of Counsel

Spencer Fane attorney Chad Henson

T 214.459.5897
F 214.750.3612

Chad Henson assists clients in all legal matters related to patents and other areas of intellectual property litigation and other business litigation. He has built substantial experience in patent damages and the intersection of patent law with administrative and antitrust law. He works with industry clients, financial institutions, and law firms to analyze and solve complex problems at the intersection of law and economics and has litigated cases involving a broad range of technologies, including lighting, optics, wireless networking, machine-to-machine communication, and consumer electronics.

Before entering private practice, Chad held academic and research positions at nationally recognized institutions around the United States, including the University of Illinois, Washington University in St. Louis, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Property and Environment Research Center, and the Institute for Humane Studies. He has also served as a consultant to professional and academic research institutions, law firms, and financial services firms, and his scholarly work has been published in leading journals in the fields of law, economics, and finance. He has also given presentations on patent damages, use of data analytics to predict judicial decision-making, and economic analysis of law at various conferences and seminars.

Chad previously spent time as senior litigation counsel for a company focused on providing in-house legal solutions to individual inventors and small companies to monetize their intellectual property.

Highlights of Chad’s experience include:

  • Obtained en banc ruling that the 35 U.S.C. § 314(b) prohibition on appeals of decisions to institute inter partes review does not preclude review of the timeliness of an IPR petition under § 315(b), reversing multiple panel decisions.
  • Represented plaintiffs in patent infringement action as member of four-attorney team that secured a $25 million settlement just prior to trial and obtained over $100,000 in fees on a motion to compel.
  • Represented plaintiff in suits arising out of undisclosed liabilities in merger transaction. Obtained multimillion dollar-settlements from former stockholders, then brought suit against officers in negligent misrepresentation action and defense of counterclaims for fraud, obtaining successful settlement.
  • Represented plaintiff in patent infringement action as member of three-attorney team, obtaining favorable settlement following grant of summary judgment of infringement and Daubert ruling striking defendants’ damages expert.

Presentations and Publications

  • “Patent Infringement: A Legal and Economic Outlook,” The Knowledge Group, March 2017
  • “SEC Enforcement in the PIPE Market: Actions and Consequences,” Journal of Banking & Finance, Vol 42, 2014
  • “Judging Bias in Competitive Academic Debate: The Effects of Region, Sex and Side,” Contemporary Economic Policy, 2014
  • “Law & Economics of the Legal Profession,” ECON 4550/5550, University of North Texas, 2014-2020 (annual lecture)
  • “Regulatory Effectiveness in Onshore and Offshore Financial Centers,” Virginia Journal of International Law, 2013
  • “Regulatory Effectiveness in OFCs,” IFC Review, 2012
  • “Bringing Debate into the Classroom,” Liberty & the Art of Teaching Workshop, George Mason University, July 2012
  • “SEC Enforcement of the PIPE Market: Actions and Consequences,” American Law & Economics Association 22nd Annual Meeting, Stanford Law School, May 2012
  • “Judicial Politics and Judicial Virtue,” Humane Studies Fellows Research Colloquium, Alexandria, VA, November 2011
  • “Regulatory Intensity and Offshore Financial Centers,” Scholarship and a Free Society, Bryn Mawr College, June 2011
  • “Judging CERCLA: an Empirical Analysis of Circuit Court Decision-Making,” Journal of Applied Economics, 2010
  • “An Overview of Caribbean Securities Exchanges,” Cayman Financial Review, October 2010


  • College of the State Bar of Texas, 2017-2018


  • Texas Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2017-2018

Contact Chad Henson at 214.459.5897 or chenson@spencerfane.com.