Jan. 16: Supreme Court Series – Gunn v. Minton, Post Argument Discussion


Jan 16 | Room 603
Registration (including CLE registration)

Live Webcast

As part of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property’s ongoing Supreme Court series, counsel for parties and amici will discuss intellectual property cases on the afternoon of oral argument, addressing the reaction of the Court at oral argument.  The discussion is open to the public and available as a live and on-demand webcast.

On Wednesday, January 16, 2013, the Court will hear argument in Gunn v. Minton, which concerns the jurisdiction of federal and state courts over legal malpractice claims that involve an attorney’s handling of a patent law matter.


  • Jane Webre, Scott Douglass & McConnico, LLP, Counsel for Petitioners
  • Greg CarrCarr IP, Counsel for Respondent
  • Theodore Sheills, Sheills Law Firm, PC, Counsel for Respondent
  • Rory Ryan, Baylor Law School, Counsel for amicus curiae Law Professors, in support of Petitioners

Moderated by Jonas Anderson, American University Washington College of Law


Decision: February 20, 2013
Argument: Transcript; Audio


Whether the Federal Circuit departed from the standard articulated in Grable & Sons Metal Products, Inc. v. Darue Eng’g & Mfg., 545 U.S. 308 (2005 ), for “arising under” jurisdiction of the federal courts under 28 U.S.C. § 1338, when it held that state law legal malpractice claims against trial lawyers for their handling of underlying patent matters come within the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal courts?


Brief of petitioners Jerry W. Gunn, et al.
Brief of respondent Vernon F. Minton
Reply of petitioners Jerry W. Gunn, et al.

Amicus Briefs:

Brief amicus curiae of Ronald E. Mallen
Brief amicus curiae of Law Professors
Brief amicus curiae of American Intellectual Property Law Association
Brief amicus curiae of Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP
Brief amicus curiae of Los Alamos National Security, LLC, et al.
Brief amicus curiae of Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago

SCOTUSblog Entry: Gunn v. Milton