The SE Texas Record Nov. 10, 2014, 1:14pm

DiNovo Price Ellwanger & Hardy LLP, a boutique litigation law firm in Austin, has launched a new antitrust practice area in response to client and market demand for protection from anticompetitive restraints.

Christopher Goodpastor has joined the firm as a partner and will lead the new antitrust practice area and serve the firm’s growing roster of consumers and businesses injured by violations of antitrust laws.

“The number of federal antitrust lawsuits filed in Texas surged in 2013 and we only see that demand climbing,” said Jay D. Ellwanger, managing partner, DiNovo Price. “Christopher's extensive litigation experience in a variety of business disputes in both trial and appellate courts expands and deepens our core offerings in IP.  We are excited to add Chris and bring this caliber of representation to our clients.”

The new antitrust practice area will include client cases involving price-fixing, bid-rigging, monopolization and issues arising from the conduct of standard-setting organizations and their members.

"DiNovo Price has an outstanding reputation in the market and I’m excited to join and work alongside such a distinguished group of lawyers in the practice of intellectual property law," said Goodpastor.

A 20-year veteran of intellectual property and related legal issues, Goodpastor has represented clients before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas and the United States District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California.

Goodpastor possesses experience across industries spanning computer software and hardware, integrated circuit fabrication, Internet and web services, securities and financial services, oil and gas production, telecommunications, health care and medical devices.

Goodpastor earned his J.D. with honors in 1994 from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as managing editor of The Review of Litigation and chief notes editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal.  Goodpastor earned a bachelor’s degree from the Chemical Engineering Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1990.

Joining Goodpastor in DiNovo Price’s antitrust practice area is attorney Gabriel R. Gervey. A former Assistant Attorney General in both the Texas and Minnesota Offices of the Attorney General, Gervey investigated and prosecuted matters involving price-fixing, customer allocation, bid-rigging and monopolization.

Gervey recently served as lead trial counsel for the 33 Plaintiff States in State of Texas v. Penguin Group (USA) Inc., an enforcement action to remedy price-fixing in the market for electronic books. Gervey earned his J.D. cum laude in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he was a named to the Order of the Coif. He also served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Susan Richard Nelson, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. 

DiNovo Price advises clients in all aspects of litigation, primarily in areas of intellectual property, commercial and employment disputes.  Firm lawyers are licensed to practice before state and federal courts of Texas, New York and California, as well as before the Federal Circuit and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The firm provides counsel to domestic and internationally-based companies, public corporations, privately-held businesses, high net worth individuals and emerging technology ventures.

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