Michelle Jacobs

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2009, William and Mary Law Review

B.A., Humanities, Brigham Young University, 2006, Minor in Management; cum laude

Admissions

Texas, 2009

Court Admissions

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

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

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Profile

Michelle Jacobs is an experienced trial lawyer who advocates with tireless dedication, whether in writing, in the courtroom, or at any other stage of litigation.

Michelle’s practice focuses on commercial and intellectual property litigation in state and federal courts. She has handled disputes involving copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, contracts, fraud, business disparagement, products liability, and a variety of other causes of action. She has represented clients in an array of industries, including software, manufacturing, telecommunications, energy, entertainment, beauty, and others.

Michelle’s recent experience includes representing Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. in an arbitration proceeding involving technology used in hydraulic fracturing. The opposing party, Ecosphere Technologies, Inc., claimed that Halliburton misappropriated its alleged trade secrets and violated a non-disclosure agreement between the parties. After a two-week final hearing, the arbitration panel unanimously ruled in favor of Halliburton, rejecting each of Ecosphere’s claims.

Michelle also recently represented a coalition of 88 school districts challenging the constitutionality of Texas’s school finance system. After 16 weeks of trial, the trial judge ruled in favor of the school district coalition on each of their affirmative claims. Although the Texas Supreme Court ultimately reversed the trial court’s judgment, the case was widely publicized and cast light on the current state of public education in Texas.

Michelle enjoys dedicating her time to community service and pro bono work. She currently serves on the board of Genesis Young Leaders, an auxiliary of Genesis Women’s Shelter, and she leads the firm’s initiative to provide pro bono services to clients of Genesis Women’s Shelter. She also recently served as first chair in a trial seeking asylum on behalf of a mother and her four children who faced imminent physical harm and persecution if forced to return to Sudan. At the conclusion of the trial, the woman and her four children were all granted asylum. Because of her work on this case, she was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Associate Award for the Asylum Program of Human Rights Initiative of North Texas.

Patents

IP

Haynes and Boone Successfully Settles Patent Infringement Suit

Haynes and Boone helped client Lynk Labs, Inc., a leading LED technology manufacturer, settle a patent infringement and breach of contract suit against Acuity Brands, Inc.

Selected Client Representations

  • Assisted in successful defense of copyright infringement trial brought in federal court by nationally syndicated radio show host seeking more than $13 million in damages.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of complaint claiming $200 million in damages based on alleged fraud and conspiracy resulting from transfer of valuable art collection.
  • Obtained temporary restraining order, temporary injunction, and summary judgment in favor of software company seeking to enforce non-competition agreement against former employee.
  • Represented a council of governments seeking relief funding for cities and towns victimized by Hurricane Ike.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Injunctive Relief Over Trade Secrets Now Easier in Texas,” co-authored with David H. Harper, Law360, February 20, 2014.
  • “Updates to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, 2013-14,” co-authored with David H. Harper and Nate L. Kinard, presented at 37th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, 2014.
  • “2012 Year-In-Review: Copyright and Trade Secret Law,” co-authored with David H. Harper, presented at AIPLA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., 2012.
  • “Corporate Fiduciary Duties and Shareholder Oppression in Texas,” co-authored with David H. Harper, presented at 9th Annual Advanced In-House Counsel Course in San Antonio, Texas, 2010.

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