David Folsom (pictured), a former chief U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Texas who retired from the bench on March 17, will join Dallas’ Jackson Walker as a partner and set up an office in Texarkana.
Former President Bill Clinton originally appointed Folsom to the bench in 1995, and the judge presided over one of the nation’s busiest patent dockets in the Eastern District until he retired.
Jackson Walker partners voted May 29 to hire Folsom — a call that was not a difficult decision for the firm, which has appeared in more than 60 patent cases in the Eastern District, says Wade Cooper, Jackson Walker’s managing partner.
“He’s a judge with a great reputation. It was an easy decision to consider adding him, once the opportunity presented itself. We were obviously honored that he would choose our firm to continue his career with,” Cooper says.
Folsom did not immediately return a call for comment. In a prepared statement, Folsom writes that he is excited about his new job.
“Jackson Walker is a terrific firm with a stellar group of lawyers, and it's a good fit for me both in terms of the kind of work I want to do and the kind of people I want to work with," writes Folsom.
Cooper says the firm will be slow in adding other lawyers to its new Texarkana office — the firm’s first in the Eastern District of Texas.
“Judge Folsom has value to us outside of the Eastern District, as well. Having someone who has tried as many cases as he has brings a lot to the rest of our federal docket,” Cooper says.
--- John Council