Management Team

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Eric M. Albritton

Founder and Manager

Eric Albritton spent nearly 25 years as a trial and appellate lawyer. During that time, Mr. Albritton handled patent infringement cases in a wide variety of technologies, including cellular communications and cases involving Standard Essential Patents. He represented patent holders and accused infringers, including individual inventors, patent pools, and some of the world's largest technology companies. Mr. Albritton has appeared as counsel of record in more than 800 patent infringement cases in jurisdictions across the United States, has been trial counsel in more than 65 jury trials, and has argued in numerous courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Albritton has been lead counsel in patent trials that have resulted in judgments totaling more than $1 billion.  

Mr. Albritton attended Baylor University—where he graduated first in his class—and UC Berkeley Law School. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable William Wayne Justice of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and the Honorable Henry A. Politz, then-Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Mr. Albritton formed Paracletus in 2021 to leverage his and his team's vast litigation, licensing, and trial experience to help patent holders navigate the complex world of patent litigation and licensing.

 
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Barry Bumgardner

General Counsel

Barry Bumgardner’s twenty-five year career has involved all manner of intellectual property issues. The last twelve years of Barry’s career were spent litigating patent infringement matters in various district courts, the ITC, and the PTAB. These matters have involved semiconductors, cellular phones (including Standards Essential Patents), and medical devices, among other things.


Barry started his legal career at a patent boutique firm in 1995 prosecuting patents, then moved to a large general practice firm in Dallas where he assisted clients in all varieties of intellectual property work.  Barry then moved to Motorola where he participated in a global licensing effort regarding Motorola’s extensive semiconductor portfolio.  After leaving Motorola, Barry went to SigmaTel, a fabless semiconductor manufacturer, where he rose to the position of Vice President, General Counsel.  After SigmaTel was acquired, Barry formed a firm with three others to continue serving clients in patent-related matters.

Barry received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M in 1990 and a law degree from the University of Texas in 1995. While in law school, Barry became registered to practice before the USPTO.

Barry has served as lead counsel in a variety of district court cases. He has tried patent infringement cases in district court, argued at the Federal Circuit, and handled dozens of IPRs.