Robert W. Schroeder III

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Robert William Schroeder III
Robert William Schroeder Headshot.jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Assumed office
December 19, 2014
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byDavid Folsom
Personal details
Robert William Schroeder III

(1966-06-01) June 1, 1966 (age 52)
Texarkana, Texas
Spouse(s)Megan DeLamar Schroeder
EducationUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock (B.A.)
Washington College of Law (J.D.)

Robert William "Trey" Schroeder III (born June 1, 1966) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.


Schroeder was born on June 1, 1966, in Texarkana, Texas.[1] He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received a Juris Doctor in 1994 from the American University Washington College of Law. From 1995 to 1996, he served as Assistant Counsel to the President of the United States and in 1997 he served as Associate Counsel to the President. He served as a law clerk to Judge Richard S. Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1997 to 1999. From 1999 to 2014, he worked at the law firm of Patton, Tidwell, Schroeder & Culbertson, LLP and its predecessor firm, becoming partner in 2003. He handled complex civil litigation in Federal and State courts.[2][3][4]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On June 26, 2014, President Obama nominated Schroeder to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, to the seat vacated by Judge David Folsom, who retired on March 17, 2012.[5] He received a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary for September 9, 2014.[6] On November 20, 2014 his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote.[7] On Saturday, December 13, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a motion to invoke cloture on the nomination. On December 16, 2014, Reid withdrew his cloture motion on Schroeder's nomination, and the Senate proceeded to vote to confirm Schroeder in a voice vote. He received his federal judicial commission on December 19, 2014.[4]

Patent litigation expertise[edit]

By virtue of being one of two active Article III U.S. District Court Judges handling the voluminous patent cases filed in Marshall, Texas and Tyler, Texas, and the fact that former Judge Leonard Davis (retired in 2015) left a district court judgeship vacancy in Tyler, Judge Schroeder is the second most active patent judge in the nation, and deals with the second highest amount of patent cases under Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap in Marshall.[8][9]

Among Judge Schroeder's notable patent cases include the VirnetX v. Apple lawsuit, where in 2017 Virnetx won a $302 million verdict against Apple, with $137 in enhanced fees and damages, totaling to a damages award near $439 million.[10][11][12] A previous version of the case in 2016 resulted in a verdict of $625 million that Apple had to pay VirnetX.[13] However, that verdict was voided by Judge Schroeder, which led to the 2017 retrial.[14]


  1. ^ "Mr. Robert William Schroeder, III Lawyer Profile on".
  2. ^ "President Obama Nominates Four to Serve on the United States District Courts". 26 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Profile at Patton, Tidwell, Schroeder & Culbertson, LLP".
  4. ^ a b "Schroeder, Robert William III – Federal Judicial Center".
  5. ^ "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate". 26 June 2014.
  6. ^ "United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary".
  7. ^ "Results of Executive Business Meeting – November 20, 2014 United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary" (PDF).
  8. ^ Nushin Huq, Rural Texas Judge Runs Busiest Patent Court in U.S.,
  9. ^ Ryan Davis, Law360, Two Tapped For Judge Posts At Busy Patent Court In Texas,
  10. ^ Dave Simpson, Law360, Apple Patent Loss Lurches Up To $439M In VirnetX Suit,
  11. ^ Andrew Chung, Reuters, Apple loses patent retrial to VirnetX, owes $302.4 million,
  12. ^
  13. ^ Andrew Chung, Reuters, Apple ordered to pay $625 million in patent dispute with VirnetX
  14. ^ Jonathan Stempel and Andrew Chung, Judge voids VirnetX's $625.6 million Apple verdict; VirnetX plunges,

External links[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
David Folsom
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas