Mike Karson


Education and Clerkships

J.D., John Marshall Law School, 2009, magna cum laude; Managing Editor, The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property; National Winner, Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition, 2009; First Place, Dean Fred F. Herzog Moot Court Competition, 2008; Outstanding Advocate, National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, 2008

M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iowa, 2006

B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Iowa, 2004

  • Judicial Extern for The Honorable Joan B. Gottschall, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Spring 2009
  • Judicial Extern for The Honorable John W. Darrah, U.S. Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Fall 2008




District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mike Karson is a trial lawyer in the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone. He has experience in intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret misappropriation cases involving a broad and diverse set of technologies that include mobile device management for wireless devices, wireless smart electricity metering, industrial cooling equipment, data communications including optical network communications, piston coatings for use in internal combustion engines, and LTE cellular communications and equipment, among others.

Mike has been part of numerous trial teams. Recently, he was part of a trial team that obtained a large jury verdict in a case in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas involving virtual reality technology and intellectual property. He also helped obtain judgment of non-infringement in a large patent case.

Mike also has experience in complex, multidistrict litigation matters. He was an integral member of the team that handled a large patent multidistrict litigation case.

In addition to his trial experience, Mike has also prepared cases for favorable resolution before trial. In that regard, he has extensive experience in all phases of pre-trial litigation including pre-suit investigations, fact and expert discovery, motion practice, and final pre-trial preparations. He has argued at Markman hearings in multiple jurisdictions and questioned both friendly and hostile witnesses at trial.

In addition to his law degree, Mike holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Trade Secret Update," speaker, Center for American and International Law's Institute for Law and Technology, 56th Annual Conference of IP Law, Plano, TX, November 12, 2018.


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

  • Represented video game maker in copyright, trademark, and breach of contract case involving virtual reality technology. Obtained large jury verdict.
  • Represented smartphone maker in patent litigation involving mobile device management. Obtained judgment as a matter of law of non-infringement.
  • Represented owner of certain smart electricity metering patents in multidistrict patent litigation. Cases resolved shortly before first trial.
  • Represented manufacturer of industrial cooling equipment in patent litigation against industry competitor. 
  • Represented auto manufacturer in patent litigation involving solid film lubricants and engine piston coatings. The court ruled favorably on the vast majority of claim construction issues. 
  • Represented bakery equipment manufacturer in patent litigation relating to equipment for processing bread dough.
  • Represented commercial real estate companies in patent litigation relating to online geographic searching.
  • Represented entertainment firm in contract dispute regarding distribution of motion pictures. Obtained mandatory preliminary injunction and defeated motions to stay the injunction. Case settled.
  • Represented a leading document imaging manufacturer in patent litigation relating to Ethernet technology. Case settled.
  • Defended smartphone maker in Section 337 Investigation before the International Trade Commission relating to authentication systems in mobile devices. Favorable settlement achieved.

* Some of these representations were handled by Mike prior to his joining Haynes and Boone.


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