Michelle Jacobs


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



Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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


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 complex 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 also co-chairs the firm’s Products Liability Litigation Practice.

Michelle plays a lead role in complex litigation, including class action defense. She recently assisted in defeating a class action bid for AT&T involving claims of alleged environmental contamination and abandonment of property rights. She also currently manages product liability lawsuits for a large manufacturer nationwide.

Michelle’s recent experience also 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.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected as an "On The Rise" honoree by Texas Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2019


2019 Partners

Haynes and Boone Announces 2019 Class of New Partners

Haynes and Boone is proud to announce the promotion to partnership of 11 lawyers from the firm’s Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston, New York and Richardson offices. The new partners are Raghav Bajaj, Austin Elam, Michelle Jacobs, Scott Jarratt, Michael D. Karson, Maral Kilejian, Daniel Lisk, Dan Malone, Kelli Norfleet, Sameer Saxena and Katy Shurin.

Selected Client Representations

  • Secured voluntary dismissal of all claims in response to motions to dismiss filed on behalf of manufacturer of water filtration systems in putative class action brought in California federal court alleging breaches of warranty and false advertising.
  • Defeated class action bid for AT&T in a suit in federal court in Houston brought by property owners alleging that AT&T telephone cable buried underneath their properties — pursuant to easements that had been granted to AT&T in the 1950s — were contaminating their properties.
  • 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

  • “COVID, Premises Liability, Workplace Screening and Responding to a Positive Case,” speaker, COVID Compliance USA SafetyNow Virtual Summit, December 1, 2020.
  • "Practical Strategies to Limit Premises Liability Claims Involving COVID-19," co-author, Franchising.com, September 15, 2020. 
  • “INSIGHT: Maximizing Immunity Under the PREP Act for Covered Countermeasures,” co-author, Bloomberg Law, September 8, 2020.
  • “Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees by In-House Counsel,” co-presented to in-house counsel, June 4, 2018.
  • “Google Wins Major Copyright Battle Against Authors,” Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, February 1, 2016.
  • “Injunctive Relief Over Trade Secrets Now Easier in Texas,” co-author, Law360, February 20, 2014.
  • “Updates to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, 2013-14,” co-author, presented at 37th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, 2014.
  • “2012 Year-In-Review: Copyright and Trade Secret Law,” co-author, presented at AIPLA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2012.
  • “Corporate Fiduciary Duties and Shareholder Oppression in Texas,” co-author, presented at 9th Annual Advanced In-House Counsel Course in San Antonio, Texas, 2010.

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