Randall Colson



Education and Clerkships

J.D., Northwestern University, 1991, Articles Editor, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business

B.A., Wheaton College, 1986, cum laude

B.S.E.E., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986, cum laude




U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

Texas Supreme Court

Illinois Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Randall Colson is the head of Haynes and Boone's Technology Transactions Practice Group. Leveraging his industry experience as a hardware and software designer, Randy has extensive experience counseling clients with a myriad of technology and intellectual property-related transactions, including information technology and business process outsourcing, software development and licensing, SaaS, cloud computing, hosting, joint development, distribution, consulting, naming rights and e-commerce transactions.

In addition, Randy provides counseling on the use and procurement of patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as on the intellectual property issues related to corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate securities transactions. Prior to law school, Randy worked as an electrical engineer designing computer hardware and software for Data General Corporation. In addition to his law degree, Randy holds a B.S.E.E. in electrical engineering and a B.A.

Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, has recognized Randy as a leading lawyer in Information Technology and Outsourcing in Texas from 2008-2013 and from 2015-2016. He is recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, in Information Technology/Outsourcing, Intellectual Property and Mergers & Acquisitions, 2011-2013. Randy was also recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Technology Law, 2013-2017, and Privacy and Data Security Law, 2016-2017. In October 2013, Randy was named as one of the Top Attorneys in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine, Emmis Publishing, L.P.


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Featured in Best Lawyers in America 2017

Best Lawyers in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 108 Haynes and Boone lawyers across more than 50 practice areas in the 2017 edition.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc., August 2017


Selected Client Representations

  • Information technology and business process outsourcing transactions. Uniquely, he has represented both providers and customers of these services.
  • International and domestic intellectual property strategic counseling and management.
  • Cloud computing, SaaS, and ASP agreement negotiations.
  • Internet, e-commerce and domain names.
  • Trademarks, advertising and brand management.
  • Complex software development, licensing, maintenance, ASP and hosting transactions.
  • Joint venture and co-marketing transactions for technology companies.
  • Various co-branding, content licensing and technology service agreements for Internet companies.
  • Sweepstakes and promotional law issues.
  • The development of standard intellectual property related agreements and policies in connection with the formation of technology companies.
  • Intellectual property due diligence in connection with various mergers, acquisitions and securities offerings.
  • The perfection of security interests for intellectual property in connection with various financing transactions, and enforcement of the security interests following bankruptcy.
  • Privilege review of intellectual property related documents in connection with a Department of Justice secondary review for, at the time, the largest merger in U.S. corporate history.

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • The Illinois State Bar Association
  • Tau Beta Phi and Eta Kappa Nu
  • Business Council for the Arts, Board Member; Chair, Technology Task Force
  • UT CLE Annual technology Law Conference, Planning Committee Member
  • TechLaw Group, Inc., Board Member; Chair, Website and Publications Committee

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Legal Ethics in Negotiation of Risk Allocation Provisions," Panelist, The University of Texas School of Law 27th Annual Technology Law Conference, Austin, TX, May 23, 2014.
  • "Protecting User Data in Light of the FTC’s Recent Privacy Enforcement Actions," Co-Author, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Business Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section, June 21, 2013.
  • Quoted in, "More Bars Are Hearing The Not So Sweet Sound of a Lawsuit," Dallas Business Journal, November 2, 2012.
  • "Applications in the Cloud," Haynes and Boone Alert, April 19, 2012.
  • "Qimonda's Impact on Patent Licenses When a Licensor Goes Bankrupt in a Foreign Land," Haynes and Boone Alert, January 9, 2012.
  • "Office of the Future," BISNOW, Dallas, Texas, December 7, 2011.
  • "The New Business Technology: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," North Dallas Chamber of Commerce 5th Annual Technology Trends Conference, Dallas, TX, October 7, 2011.
  • "2011 Advanced Technology Licensing: Selected Topics," 24th Annual UT CLE Technology Law Conference, Austin, TX, May 26-27, 2011.
  • "How to Get Out of an IT Contract – Legal Issues," HFMA Lone Star Chapter Summer Institute, May 19, 2011.
  • "Used DVD and Video Game Resales One Step Closer to Extinction," Haynes and Boone Alert, January 20, 2011.
  • "Global Traps and Opportunities: Business and Legal Issues in International Sales and Sourcing," TechLaw Fall CLE Conference, October 8, 2010.
  • "Licensing In The Real World," SMU Law School, November 1 2010.
  • "Intellectual Property," University of Texas, Dallas, January 9, 2010.

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