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. Uniquely, Randy has represented both providers and customers of these services.

Randy has in-depth knowledge of the fast-paced, continually evolving technology industry, and understands the pressures many businesses face in today’s environment. He provides a strategic approach to helping clients achieve their business objectives.

Randy also provides counseling, internationally and domestically, on the use and procurement of patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as intellectual property issues and due diligence related to corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate securities transactions. He has represented internet companies in co-branding, content licensing and technology service agreements, as well as technology companies in joint venture and co-marketing transactions. Additionally, he has experience in advertising and brand management matters, as well as sweepstakes and promotional law issues.

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 and Partners has recognized Randy as a leading lawyer in Information Technology and Outsourcing in Texas from 2008-2013 and from 2015-2017. He is recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, in Information Technology/Outsourcing, Intellectual Property and Mergers and Acquisitions, 2011-2013. Randy was also recognized in The Best Lawyers of America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Technology Law, 2013-2018, and Privacy and Data Security Law, 2016-2018. Randy was listed in "Best Lawyers in Dallas," D Magazine, D Magazine Partners, 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 2018

Best Lawyers in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 107 Haynes and Boone lawyers across 56 practice areas in its 2018 edition.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2017

Selected Client Representations

  • Cloud computing, SaaS, and ASP agreement negotiations.
  • Internet, e-commerce and domain names.
  • Complex software development, licensing, maintenance, ASP and hosting transactions.
  • The development of standard intellectual property related agreements and policies in connection with the formation of technology companies.
  • 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.


Chambers 2017

Haynes and Boone Maintains Solid Presence in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

Haynes and Boone, LLP has been featured in the annual Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 directory. The widely-respected legal publication recognized 50 individual lawyers across 20 practice areas.

Published by Chambers and Partners, May 2017

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

  • "Virtual is the New Real: Virtual and augmented reality are transforming how we live, work and play,"moderator, Business Council for the Arts, Dallas, TX, October 19, 2017. 
  • "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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