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Haynes and Boone Lawyers Featured in 2019 IAM Patent 1000 Directory

June 07, 2019

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 has recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP and 13 lawyers in the 2019 edition of the independently researched legal directory.

The IAM Patent 1000 spotlights firms and individuals deemed by peers and clients as outstanding in the patent practice. IAM interviewed more than 1,800 patent lawyers and in-house counsel over five months to decide which firms and lawyers to include in the directory.

Haynes and Boone is proud to be featured as a leading firm for Prosecution, Transactions and Litigation in Texas and for Prosecution in California.

Researchers lauded the firm as one of the “best-rounded” patent practices nationally and in Texas. They also described the firm’s post-grant practice as one of the best in the country. IAM quoted a source who said: “Thinking about commercially relevant guidance, quality of work and fair pricing, [Haynes and Boone] also gives the absolute best customer service I have seen from any PTAB firm.” The directory recognized the depth of the firm’s IP bench and its “vibrant prosecution and counselling practice.”

The directory additionally listed 13 partners in the firm’s Texas, California, Charlotte, Chicago and Washington, D.C., offices as leading lawyers: Randall Brown, Tom Chen, Randall Colson, Ralph GabricDavid McCombs, Greg Michelson, Laura Beth Miller, C. Kyle Musgrove, David O’Brien, Phillip Philbin, Mark Tidwell, Jeffrey Wolfson and Phil Woo.

The individual lawyers received glowing feedback from researchers and clients as detailed below.


Ranked among the top lawyers in the National category and in Texas, McCombs is known as a “leading practitioner when it comes to the thoughtful and strategic analysis of patents in the marketplace and critical opinion work.”


Brown, co-chair of the firm’s IP practice, and Tidwell are highlighted as Texas-based lawyers of note for their work representing Halliburton Energy Services.

In discussing the firm’s experience in technology transactions, the guide says Colson “takes the reins in this area and acquits himself with distinction in diverse areas, including life sciences, medical devices and software.”

Clients noted that O’Brien is “exceptionally sharp” and “the perfect combination of legal scholar, thought leader and skilled practitioner.”

Philbin is praised as being “articulate and effective in court” and a “formidable advocate,” in infringement cases. Clients say Philbin “organizes his team exceptionally well – he gets fed the right info in the right way at the right time enabling him to focus on what is really important.”


Noted by researchers as a “guiding light for companies large and small,” Chen is recognized for his work in the prosecution practice. Chen “maintains a deep playbook of proven strategies for the maximization of IP portfolio value.”

Making his debut on the IAM Patent 1000 list, Michelson is lauded as a “[hard worker] with an unshakeable client-first mentality.”

Known for his previous experience as a semiconductor engineer, Woo is acclaimed for “his technical proficiency.”


Respondents note that Gabric has a “friendly, collegial style and connects well with all sorts of people,” emphasizing that he is “someone you want to listen to.”

Miller is regarded for her leadership and is known for relishing “getting to grips with vanguard technologies and creating stories around them for the courtroom.”

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Known as being “exceptionally knowledgeable” in the life sciences industry, Musgrove, who splits his time between the firm’s Charlotte and D.C. offices, is recognized by researchers as the “calm at the center of many a pharmaceutical litigation storm.”

Researchers say Wolfson, chair of the firm’s Patent Prosecution Practice Group, is a “client-oriented, commercially smart lawyer with a sense of urgency.”

To view the full rankings, click here.

Haynes and Boone is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Washington, D.C., London, Mexico City and Shanghai, providing a full spectrum of legal services in energy, technology, financial services and private equity. With more than 550 lawyers, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest U.S.-based firms by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and The Lawyer.