Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth, P.C.

Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth, P.C.

Based in Tyler, Texas, Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth, P.C. is a boutique litigation firm representing individuals and prominent businesses in state and federal courts throughout East Texas.

Firm Overview

We assist both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of civil litigation matters, including intellectual property law, breach of contract claims, fraud, violation of antitrust laws, and securities law, in addition to general tort claims for personal injury matters.

In addition to our own work as lead trial counsel, Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth, P.C. regularly acts as local counsel to large national law firms. Formed in 2002 by former Federal Judge Robert M. Parker, we have the local expertise to guide your firm through the unique obstacles and customs associated with litigating in the Eastern District of Texas. Our attorneys have a proven track record for obtaining favorable results on behalf of clients, and utilize a team approach to litigation, drawing on nearly 90 years of collective experience practicing law, a background few firms in the region can match.

We are conveniently located one block from the Tyler Federal Courthouse. For the convenience of our national law firm clients, we can arrange for additional building and office space to be used for trial purposes. To find out how our attorneys can represent you or your organization, contact Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth, P.C. today.
Main Office
Main Office
100 E. Ferguson, Suite 1114
Tyler  TX  75702
  • 903-531-3535
  • 903-533-9687
Personal Injury
Personal Injury and Defamation
We represent clients when there is an allegation of personal injury or defamation. This includes work on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in product liability actions, automobile collisions, medical malpractice suits, and on-the-job injuries. We also represent clients where there is an allegation of oral or written defamation.

Robert M. Parker

Robert M. Parker's practice focuses on intellectual property (IP) litigation, commercial litigation consulting, and arbitration matters, including securities fraud, contracts, anti-trust, and IP cases. Mr. Parker also has a wealth of experience in general litigation matters, including insurance defense (products liability, medical malpractice, and general tort litigation), oil and gas, and criminal defense. Prior to forming Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth, P.C. in 2002, Mr. Parker served for over two decades as a federal judge, both in the Eastern District of Texas and on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

-University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A.
-University of Texas at Austin, L.L.B.

Professional Experience:
-Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth, P.C., November 2002 - Present
-Robert M. Parker, P.C., November 2002 - 2006
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Circuit Judge, June 1994 - November 2002
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
-Chief Judge, February 1990 - June 1994
-District Judge, April 1979 - June 1994
-Private Practice - Longview, Texas, 1966 - 1979

Court Admissions:
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
-U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations:
-Judicial Conference Of The United States
-Chair, Court Administration and Case Management
Committee, 1990-1993
-Judicial Improvements Committee, 1987-1990
-Ad Hoc Committee on Asbestos Litigation, 1990-1991
-Federal Judicial Center
-Board of Directors, 1999-2000
-Federal Judges Association
-Board of Directors, 1984
-Fifth Circuit District Judges Association
-President, 1983-1984

-The Eastern District Phenomenon, 45 The Advocate 8 (2008)
-Accepting Reality: The Time for Accepting Discretionary Review in the Courts of Appeals Has Arrived, 50S.M.U. L. Rev. 573 (1997) (with Ron Chapman)
-Forward, Fifth Circuit Survey, 26 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 265 (1995)
-Federal Courts at The Crossroads: Adapt or Lose!, 14 Miss. C. L. Rev. 211 (1994) (with Leslie J. Hagin)
-"ADR" Techniques in the Reformation Model of Civil Dispute Resolution, 46 S.M.U. L. Rev. 1905 (1993) (with Leslie J. Hagin)
-Streamlining Complex Cases, 10 Rev. Litig. 547 (1991)
  • University of Texas at Austin

Robert C. 'Chris' Bunt

Robert C. Bunt has tried cases in more than a dozen Texas counties and has served as lead trial counsel in over 24 jury trials. His trials have covered a wide range of areas, including general negligence, product liability, civil fraud, contract dispute, and patent infringement actions. Mr. Bunt has earned a reputation for excellence among his peers for his litigation abilities and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Bunt represents individuals as well as local, national, and international corporations. He is frequently retained to serve as local counsel in patent litigation matters pending in the Eastern District of Texas. With his extensive trial experience, Mr. Bunt is often called upon by national firms to provide trial support, aiding them in the selection of juries, examining witnesses, and assisting with trial strategy.

-University of Texas School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1993
-Texas Law Review - 1992 - 1993
-Centenary College of Louisiana, B.A. Political Science with Minors in History and English, summa cum laude, 1990
-University of Aarhus, Foreign exchange, English Literature - Denmark, 1988

Professional Experience:
-Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth, P.C., Shareholder, August 2006 - Present
-Howard, Davis & Bunt, P.C., Shareholder, 1998 to 2005
-Howard & Davis, P.C., Associate, 1996 - 1998
-Grainger, Howard, Davis & Ace, Associate, 1993 - 1996

Court Admissions:
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Professional Affiliations and Awards:
-Smith County Bar Association, Member
-American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate
-T. John Ward Inn of Court, Member
-Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
-Listed in Texas' Best Lawyers 2012 for Intellectual Property Law

-Intellectual Property Institute of Canada 81st Annual Meeting - Panelist for Patent Litigation in the Eastern District of Texas
-11th Annual Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference - Panelist on Patent Rules Update
-12th Annual Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference - Panelist on Patent Litigation Update
-American Board of Trial Advocates Masters in Cross Examination Program - Defense Coordinator
  • University of Texas School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1993

Charles Lewis Ainsworth

A principal attorney with the firm, Charles L. Ainsworth's practice focuses on patent litigation, business litigation, and personal injury matters. In his over 17 years practicing law, Mr. Ainsworth has earned a reputation for obtaining superior results on behalf of a wide range of clients.

-South Texas College of Law, J.D., May 1992
-Texas Tech University, B.A. Political Science, May 1985

Professional Experience:
-Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth, P.C., Shareholder, August 2006 - Present
-Clark, Lea, Ainsworth & Porter - Tyler, Texas, Partner, June 2001- July 2006
-Spivey & Ainsworth - Houston, Texas, Associate,1996-2001
-Law Offices of Larry P. Boyd - Houston, Texas, Associate, June 1992-1996

Court Admissions:
-U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Professional Affiliations:
-Texas Trial Lawyers Association
-Associate Director, 1995-1996
-Board of Directors, The Advocates, 1994-1996
-Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, 2008 to present
-American Board of Trial Advocates, 2009 to present
-American Trial Lawyers Association, former member
-Houston Trial Lawyers Association, member 1992-2001
-Smith County Bar Association, 2001 to present
-Inns of Court, 2006 to present

Publications/Speaking Engagements:
-Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and The Eastern District, October 2011
-Closing Argument in a Car Wreck Case, Car Wreck Seminar, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, December 1995
  • South Texas College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , May