Jason Lao is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. He focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patents and licensing matters. He has represented clients across various industries, including biotech, semiconductor, wireless communications, smart meters, standards patents, trusted computing, digital rights management, satellite technology, virtual machines, and cybersecurity.

Jason has been part of numerous trial teams on both the plaintiff and defense side. In addition to his trial experience, he has extensive experience in all phases of pre-trial litigation including pre-suit investigations, fact and expert discovery, claim construction, motion practice, and final pre-trial preparations.

Before law school, Jason served as a senior member of the Computer Incident Response Team for Ford Motor Company where he worked in network security and software vulnerability analysis.

Jason also maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented clients on matters concerning civil actions for the deprivation of rights (1983 suit), immigration, and contract disputes. He regularly attends the Federal Pro Se Clinic to advise pro se litigants.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, Howard T. Markey Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Member, Orange County Asian American Bar Association
  • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Balancing Act,” co-author, Intellectual Property Magazine, May 1, 2018.
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  • Included in the "Ones to Watch" category of The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc.; Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2024, Patent Law, 2024


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley, 2001

J.D., New York University School of Law, 2012

M.S., Computer Information Systems, University of Michigan, 2006



Court Admissions

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

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

Press Release
Haynes Boone Earns Complete Defense Verdict in Breach-of-Contract Case for Black Gold Farms
April 01, 2024

A team of California litigators from Haynes and Boone, LLP earned a complete defense verdict after a two-week jury trial in the Central District of California on March 22 for Black Gold Farms, a respected, family-run farming operation. The trial team was led by Partner Jason Lao with assistance from Associates Andrea Levenson, Alfredo Amoedo and Letitia Johnson-Smith as well as Counsel Thomas Moor [...]