Phelps Dunbar Expands Intellectual Property Practice with Addition of Gene Spears in Houston

December 12, 2017

HOUSTON – Phelps Dunbar has expanded its intellectual property practice with the addition of Gene Spears as Counsel in its Houston office.

Mr. Spears focuses his practice on intellectual property claims and is a seasoned litigator with experience across all phases – planning, discovery, strategy and trial (both to bench and juries). He has litigated patent, copyright and trade secret claims in Texas state court, multiple federal district courts, the Court of Federal Claims and the International Trade Commission. This litigation has encompassed a variety of technologies, including DNA sequencing reagents, home refrigerators, crawler cranes, geolocation and security software, solid-state device manufacture, fertilizer manufacture and the preparation of reduced-fat cheesecakes.

“Gene is great addition to the IP team,” said Houston office Managing Partner Brian Wallace. “His skill set is a huge value add for Phelps and for clients not only in our Texas offices of Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, but all of our clients nationwide.”

Mr. Spears has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006-2017), The Best Lawyers in America© (2009-2017) and IAM Patent 1000 – World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2017).

He received his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Texas and a B.A. in Chemistry and Physics summa cum laude from Rice University. He also served as a judicial clerk to Helen W. Nies, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


With offices positioned along the Gulf Coast from Houston to Tampa, Phelps Dunbar is a regional law firm of more than 260 attorneys uniquely equipped to serve clients in the major commercial centers of the burgeoning “Third Coast” of the United States. Locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Tupelo and Gulfport, Mississippi; Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Mobile, Alabama; Raleigh, North Carolina; and London enable Phelps Dunbar to serve clients not only along the Third Coast, but also the South, nationwide and abroad.