In recognition of their work in litigation, business law, intellectual property, and technology law, Texas Super Lawyers has selected five Wittliff | Cutter partners for the publication’s 2022 list of top attorneys. No more than 5% of attorneys in any given state or region are selected each year.
Wittliff | Cutter’s recognized partners are:
- Ryan Botkin for business Litigation, intellectual property litigation and business/corporate
- María Amelia Calaf for civil litigation: defense, appellate, business litigation, civil litigation: plaintiff and constitutional law
- Katherine Chiarello for business litigation and intellectual property litigation
- John Saba for intellectual property litigation and business litigation
- Reid Wittliff for business litigation, intellectual property litigation and technology transactions
A six-time Super Lawyers honoree, Ryan focuses on trial practice and arbitration work for plaintiffs and defendants in complex business disputes and has represented clients in a wide variety of businesses, from technology startups in the New Economy to Fortune 500 companies in traditional industries. Ryan also provides his clients with risk counsel and strategic advice stemming from his years as litigator.
María Amelia (“MAC”) focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on resolving non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secret litigation. Her extensive experience as a first-chair litigator also includes the representation of corporations in disputes concerning business torts, intellectual property matters, and constitutional challenges.
Within the legal profession, MAC is committed to opening doors for women and minorities, and is dedicated to mentoring minority students and organizing networking events and groups to connect Latina lawyers.
This marks the fifth consecutive year on Super Lawyers for Katherine, a litigator with a breadth of experience across industries and in courts and arbitral tribunals across the country. Her work includes litigation and counseling involving high-stakes contract disputes, non-compete and non-solicit provisions, theft of trade secrets, and other issues that arise during contentious “business divorces.” Katherine recently argued and won a significant trade secrets case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, a case she handled along with MAC and Wittliff | Cutter partner Jack A. Simms, Jr.
John Saba is a trial lawyer with deep experience in intellectual property matters including: patents, trademarks, copyrights, as well as extensive experience in state and federal complex business litigation. He has conducted approximately nine jury trials in both federal and state court over the course of his career.
Technology attorney Reid Wittliff, a nine-year Super Lawyers honoree, has a deep understanding of the fast-developing law governing online activity, privacy, and data security. He has represented clients in intellectual property disputes and frequently negotiates and drafts software licenses and other technology contracts. He served as the founding chief of the computer crime division of the Texas Attorney General’s office, and as a federal prosecutor responsible for leading computer crime investigations and prosecutions in Dallas.