Harper Bates & Champion congratulates partner Austin Champion for his inclusion in the fourth annual edition of the National Law Journal’s Elite Boutique Trailblazers.
Champion was selected for betting big on himself early in his career, leaving Big Law, and ultimately starting HBC with his partners, Shannon Bates and Scott Harper. Since forming HBC, Champion has remained focused on trying complex business and IP lawsuits, providing creative, thorough, and high-quality legal work for individuals, privately held businesses, and publicly traded companies.
The National Law Journal praised Champion for his work on behalf of multiple clients, including a national tire and wheel retail business. Champion was initially engaged by the business to defend a trio of lawsuits, which "led to helping with trademark, business organization and insurance issues, which allowed them to begin solving problems they weren’t even aware of,” Champion said. In the past few months, Champion has obtained a complete defense judgment in favor of his clients in Tarrant County and secured a temporary injunction in favor of his clients in Potter County.
Champion was also lauded for his recent work on behalf of an office furniture manufacturer where he and his trial team obtained sanctions and an award of attorneys' fees against a defendant in a federal court action for fabricating documents during discovery. The National Law Journal also highlighted a recent trial success for Champion where he and his trial team obtained a directed verdict on a fee-shifting claim after a four-day jury trial in federal court.
The Trailblazers selected by the National Law Journal are individuals who have made their mark in various aspects of legal work across specialized areas of law. Champion’s recognition marks the third consecutive year that the firm has had an attorney included as an Elite Boutique Trailblazer, with Bates earning the honor in 2018 and Harper in 2019.