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John C. Sokatch Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2012

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Norhtern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas

Education

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 2012

University of Oklahoma, B.A., cum laude, 2008

John C. Sokatch is an experienced commercial litigator who works with clients on all aspects of litigation to effectively, efficiently, and aggressively achieve the client’s desired result. Mr. Sokatch’s practice focuses specifically on complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal court, appellate courts, and arbitration proceedings, including: limited liability company membership and partnership disputes; commercial real estate/landlord-tenant and development litigation; trade secret misappropriation; breach of contract, commercial sale of goods (UCC); breach of fiduciary duties (general partner, LLC manager, and financial planner disputes); Federal, state, and common-law trademark disputes; non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements; and physician credentialing disputes. 

Mr. Sokatch has served as first and second chair trying multiple cases to a verdict or arbitration award, and provided oral argument and briefing to the Fifth Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court. Mr. Sokatch has represented clients in state and federal court, the Fifth Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, arbitration, and mediations, and is currently licensed to practice in the State of Texas and before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

In 2016 and 2017, Mr. Sokatch was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star, and continues to grow his practice by representing prominent Dallas businesses and industry leaders and volunteering with the local community. In 2014, Mr. Sokatch served as a member of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce – Lead YP Class and Young Professionals Leadership Committee. Mr. Sokatch also serves as a member of the State Bar of Texas Trade Secrets Committee, where he recently assisted in preparing the pattern jury charge for the Defend Trade Secrets Act.    

Mr. Sokatch earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. In 2012, Mr. Sokatch obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, where he was a recipient of the National Order of the Barristers Award and won several moot court championships, including awards as best speaker and best brief writer. Mr. Sokatch also served as a member of the SMU International Law Review Association as an Assistant Managing Editor and Write-On Editor, and has published articles in The International Lawyer, the University of Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, and the Defense Research Institute Magazine.

Experience

  • Briefed and argued dispositive motions, applications for and dissolutions of TROs and temporary injunctions, special appearances, written discovery and discovery motions, motions to compel and stay pending arbitration, expert disqualifications, pre-trial objections and motions, opening, direct and cross-examination of trial witnesses, closing, trial briefs, post-trial discovery, and post-judgment collection judgment hearings
  • Conducted multiple depositions, taking and defending fact, non-party, and expert witnesses
  • Negotiated complex commercial litigation settlement agreements, including settlement agreements with purchase options for multi-million dollar real estate transactions, partner/LLC member/shareholder buyouts, trademark co-existence agreements, and multi-million dollar settlements
  • Served as Lead Counsel in LLC Member dispute involving TDHCA property
  • Represented and advised prominent Dallas commercial real estate developer on multi-million land developments and tax incentives agreements with City of Frisco, Texas and Dallas, Texas
  • Served as Lead Counsel for Taiwanese stack manufacturer against General Electric in AAA arbitration dispute
  • Served as Lead Counsel for complex commercial litigation dispute in federal court involving ownership of trademark and trade secret rights
  • Represented and advised prominent Dallas-based accounting firm in several matters against former partners, directors, and shareholders involving non-solicitation agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and redemption agreements
  • Served as Second-Chair Counsel for two international arbitration matters involving misappropriation of trade secrets by Chinese telecommunications conglomerate in Liberia seeking +$800 million in damage
  • Served as Second-Chair Counsel for summary jury trial involving real estate/partnership dispute, resulting in two summary jury verdicts of $2.4 million and $2.6 million in Collin County, Texas
  • Served as Third-Chair Counsel for Dallas County jury trial defending prominent North Dallas healthcare provider in defending multi-million dollar breach of contract claims
  • Lead Appellate Counsel in Chan Il Pak v. AD Villarai, LLC, et al., Case No. 16-0673 (Texas Supreme Court), Case No. 05-14-01312 (Fifth Court of Appeals), Case No. 05-15-00079 (Fifth Court of Appeals), successfully obtaining a reversal and remand of ~$1 million judgment arising from LLC dispute with Fifth Court of Appeals (Case No. 05-14-01312)
  • Lead Appellate Counsel in post-judgment garnishment appeal (Case No. 05-15-00079)
  • Lead Appellate Counsel in JMS Construction, Inc., et al. v. Joseph E. Ashmore, Jr., et al., Case No. 05-15-00537, successfully obtaining modified trial court judgment resulting in $1 million reduction of damages under one-satisfaction rule (2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 13201)
  • Lead Appellate Counsel in appeal of temporary injunction entered against prominent commercial real estate developer in Collin County, Texas
  • Co-appellate Counsel in appeal of Order Granting Motion to Vacate Arbitration Award (Case No. 05-17-00781)
  • Co-appellate Counsel in In re the Episcopal School of Dallas, Inc., Case No. 05-17-00493 (mandamus), involving First Amendment rights and application of ecclesiastical abstention doctrine to private school
  • Consulted clients regarding corporate and partnership structures and all aspects of pre-litigation planning
  • Drafted and negotiated LLC Company and Operating Agreements, Corporate Bylaws, and Partnership Agreements; registered new LLCs with Texas Secretary of State
  • Consulted and assisted clients on federal and state trademark registrations, and trademark co-existence agreements
  • Drafted and negotiated commercial real estate lease agreements

Memberships & Involvement

  • SMU International Law Review Association – Assistant Managing Editor/Write-On Editor
  • Dallas Bar Association – Commercial Litigation Section Member
  • Dallas Chamber of Commerce – Lead YP Class of 2014 Member, Young Professionals Leadership Committee
  • State Bar of Texas – Trade Secrets Committee

Community/Civic Activities

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters Dallas Volunteer Mentor, 2015
  • Texas Rising Stars, Super Lawyers®, 2016-2018
  • National Order of the Barristers, 2012