Mini Kapoor has wide-ranging litigation experience in commercial, labor and employment, and intellectual property matters. Her commercial litigation experience includes toxic torts, environmental, energy, and product and premises liability matters. Her labor and employment experience includes handling OSHA matters in multiple states, and breach of employment agreements. Mini’s intellectual property experience includes patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets litigation matters.
As an OSHA litigator, Mini has appeared in several states handling OSHA matters, including in Texas, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan. Mini has experience with both federal and State OSHA programs. Mini has also successfully defended clients in OSHA administrative trials including recent matters involving PPE, powered industrial trucks, injury reporting, document production, machine-guarding and accident-related matters.
A registered lawyer at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Mini has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Prior to her legal career, she was a faculty member at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she received federally-funded grants to conduct research in cancer genetics. Mini has served on federal grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. She has also served as a reviewer on technology grants at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Houston.
Mini is a prolific writer who has published on both legal and scientific topics. Among other notable journals, her articles have appeared in the Houston Law Review and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Mini has presented on multiple OSHA and intellectual property topics to inventor and entrepreneur societies as well as retail industry groups. She has presented at the Texas Life Science Forum and the State Bar of Texas Patent and Trademarks Workshop. On behalf of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, she organized and hosted the Houston World Intellectual Property Day in April 2017 which featured Sarah Harris, the General Counsel of the USPTO, as the keynote speaker. The World Intellectual Property Day focuses on creating awareness regarding protecting intellectual property and related issues.
Mini has frequently presented to diverse student organizations at the University of Houston and represented the firm at the Georgetown Law School Diversity Gala. She is an active member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a national diversity organization.
- Successfully represented one of the world's largest publicly traded energy companies against a landowner claiming a breach of an oil and gas lease's implied covenant to accommodate the landowner's use of his surface. The alleged existing use was habitat for a rare cat, a jaguarundi, which is listed on the US endangered species list and thought to be extinct in Texas. Before trial, the landowner obtained a temporary injunction against the drilling of 12 wells, sidelining over $100 million for drilling the wells. At trial, the landowner sought to make the temporary injunction permanent as well as actual and punitive damages. Temporary injunction dissolved, permanent injunction denied, and judgment entered in favor of the company.
- California Dep't of Indus. Relations v. The Home Depot, 2021, California OSHA: Represented The Home Depot at the OSHA trial in this matter and secured dismissal of a critical citation.
- Lumbley, et al., In the 5th Judicial District Court, Lea County, New Mexico, 2020: Successfully represented a major energy company in a five-week jury trial of environmental contamination claims. Plaintiffs claimed personal injury and property damage from an alleged neighborhood cluster of asthma, lupus and autoimmune diseases. Plaintiffs’ counsel sought multi-million dollar damages, including punitive damages. The jury returned a verdict for the company on all claims.
- Universal Truckload, Inc. v. Dalton Logistics, Inc., -F.3d.-, 2020 WL 39012 (5th Cir. 2020): On behalf of Hess Corp., obtained summary judgment in the trial court and affirmance on appeal, defeating claims seeking more than $1.5 million for the transportation of rig equipment under alleged contracts and North Dakota law.
- Occupational Safety & Health v. Walmart Stores, Inc., 2019, Utah OSHA: Represented Walmart at the OSHA trial in this matter and secured dismissal of critical citations.
- Labor Comm’r v. Walmart Distribution Ctr., 2018, Iowa OSHA: Represented Walmart at the OSHA trial in this matter and secured dismissal of the citation.
- Labor Comm’r v. Interline Brands, Inc., 2018, California OSHA: Represented Home Depot at the OSHA trial in this matter and secured dismissal of the citations.
- Blagman v. AT&T, Inc., 2017, Harris County, Texas: Represented AT&T in this premises liability lawsuit and defeated all claims against AT&T at summary judgment stage.
- Universal Truckload, Inc. v. Dalton Logistics, Inc., 2017, US for the Southern District of Texas: Represented Hess Corporation, a global energy company in this commercial dispute regarding a transportation agreement defeated all claims against Hess at summary judgment stage.
- Henderson v. NFL, 2017, US District Court for the Southern District of Texas: Represented the NFL in this copyright infringement lawsuit that resulted in dismissal of all claims against the NFL.
- Represented a large manufacturer of educational products for children in a trademark infringement lawsuit in 2017 and obtained a favorable settlement.
- Ambrose v. Kelly et al., 2016, Galveston County, Texas: Represented AT&T in this premises liability lawsuit and defeated all asserted claims against AT&T at summary judgment stage.
- Represented a corporate clothing company in a trade secrets lawsuit in 2016 and obtained a favorable resolution.
- Represented a chemical company in a toxic tort lawsuit in 2015 by more than 50 plaintiffs and obtained a favorable resolution.
- Represented a pro bono client in a breach of services contract action in 2015 and obtained a favorable settlement.
- Represented a large corporate client in analysis of environmental and legal issues arising from EPA enforcement action, including pre-enforcement review of administrative orders, costs of different strategic options and strengths of various defenses, and review and analysis of documents for responding to EPA enforcement action in 2014.
- Represented a manufacturer of petrochemicals in a trade secrets lawsuit in 2013 and obtained a permanent injunction and a favorable settlement.
- Represented a large petrochemical company in a breach of warranty and contract dispute in 2013 involving defective lifeboats and obtained a favorable settlement.
- Represented City of Houston as a volunteer prosecutor and tried misdemeanor jury trials in 2012.
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Mentor, 2019
- Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder, 2015
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Mentor, 2015
- State Bar of Texas
- Houston Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- Registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Houston Intellectual Property Law Organization
- Included in the "Ones to Watch" category of Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2022
- “OSHA Issues Revised COVID-19 Guidance for Workplaces,” presenter, myLawCLE, February 22, 2021.
- “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.
- “Employers Providing Face Masks Should Review Their Health and Safety Obligations,” co-author, LexisNexis, April 6, 2020.
- “COVID-19 and OSHA,” co-author, LexisNexis, March 18, 2020.
- “2019 OSHA Update,” presented to Claims Committee of Assurex Global Construction Risks (AGCR), September 10, 2019.
- "Patents and Trademarks," presenter, State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Workshop, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX, 2017.
- "World Intellectual Property Day—Innovation Changing Lives," host and moderator, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, 2017.
- "Intellectual Property Protection Strategies for Companies," presenter and moderator, Texas Life Science Forum, Houston, TX, 2016.
- "Intellectual Property Protection," presenter, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, Houston, TX, 2016.
- "Circumstances Mandating A Commercial Marketing Notice By A Biosimilar Applicant Ripe for Guidance from the High Court," co-author, Houston Law Review, 2016.
- "The Recent Federal Circuit Decision in Acorda Therapeutics v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals May Not be the Last Word on Jurisdiction in ANDA Cases," co-author, Patently O, 2016.
- "What the Aftermath of Hurricane Alice Has Done to Digital Health," presenter, Texas Life Science Forum, Houston, TX, 2015.
- "High Court Underscores the Significance of Patent Invalidity and Non-infringement Opinions," co-author, Houston Lawyer, 2015.
- "Is your company prepared for a product recall?" co-author, Inside Counsel, 2016.
- "High Court Addresses the Effect of Opinions on Charges of Inducement of Infringement," co-author, The IP Beacon, 2015.
- "Teva Will Increase Reliance on Experts in Patent Cases," author, Law360, 2015.
- "Non-asbestos Causes of Mesothelioma," author, Defense Research Institute, 2012.
- "Proposal for Resolution to Challenges Posed by DNA Sequence Patents on the Development of Multiplex Genetic Tests," author, Houston Law Review, 2012.
- "Petroleum-Engineering Firm Could Be Liable for Reserve Estimates," author, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Energy Litigation News & Developments, 2012.
J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2012, with honors; Associate Editor, Houston Law Review
Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Kansas Medical Center, 1995
M.Sc., Biosciences, University of Roorkee Roorkee India, 1990
B.Sc., KLDAV College Meerut University Roorkee India, 1988
Judicial Intern, Honorable Judge Vanessa Gilmore, Federal Court for the Southern District of Texas, January-May 2011
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
HR Magazine interviewed Haynes and Boone, LLP Associate Mini Kapoor about new COVID-19 safety protocols for California workers. Here is an excerpt: California state employees, health care workers and workers in high-risk settings must show proof of vaccination or adhere to weekly COVID-19 testing and other safety protocols, Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced. Newsom issued this directive afte [...]