Mary-Olga Lovett concentrates her practice in intellectual property, commercial and complex litigation. She serves as national trial counsel for five companies on a variety of commercial and liability claims and has tried cases to verdict involving a wide variety of issues, including intellectual property/patent litigation, warranty disputes, trade-secret litigation, class actions, employment litigation, and product liability matters. She has tried cases in state and federal courts in more than twenty jurisdictions. She has also represented U.S. and international clients in appellate litigation before state and federal courts of appeal and the Texas Supreme Court. Some of Mary-Olga's most recent verdicts (all cases tried since 2011) - are: (1) defense of a Fortune 500 medical-device manufacturer in a lawsuit alleging fraudulent marketing practices (Harris County, Texas); (2) defense of a Fortune 500 navigation-device manufacturer accused of patent infringement (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas - Marshall); (3) a bet-the-company class-action suit alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act for the nation's largest provider of emergency medicine and ambulance services (United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas-Corpus Christi); (4) defense of a national contract-management company on indemnity and corporate negligence claims brought by a Philadelphia hospital system (Pennsylvania state court - Philadelphia); (5) defense verdict of non-infringement for the country's leading consumer products company in lawsuit alleging willful patent infringement (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas - Marshall Division); (6) obtaining six years of attorneys' fees for prevailing plaintiff in commercial case (Harris County,Texas).
Mary-Olga is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Managing IP magazine's "IP Stars," and Texas Super Lawyers, in which she was recognized as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Houston" in 2014. She is a seven-year member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the qualifications for which are a minimum of twenty first-chair jury trials to verdict and peer election. She has been asked to present demonstrations of voir dire and closing arguments at three American Bar Association national meetings, and frequently lectures on trial and appellate advocacy at accredited CLE programs.
Mary-Olga received her B.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University and her J.D. from the South Texas College of Law. She was the first person to hold the national titles in moot court for both the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (ABA) and the National Moot Court Competition (Association of the Bar of the City of New York/American College of Trial Lawyers).
Areas of Concentration
• Trial and appellate law
• Commercial and complex litigation
• Patent litigation
• Health law
• Trade secret litigation
• Product liability litigation
Professional & Community Involvement
• Lecturer, University of Houston Continuing Legal Education Foundation, 1995-2001, 2008
• Lecturer, State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program, 2000, 2008
• Chair, South Texas College of Law
• Annual Gala Underwriting Committee, 2007
• Adjunct Professor, South Texas College of Law, 1997-2002
• Lecturer, South Texas College of Law Continuing Legal Education Foundation, 1996-present
• fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
• fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
• Elected Member and fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
• Member, American Bar Association
• Member, Association of Women Attorneys
• Member, Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit
• Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
• Member, Greater Houston Partnership Executive Women's Partnership Committee
• Member, Greater Houston Partnership Homeland Security Committee
• Member, Houston Bar Association
• Member, State Bar of Texas
Awards & Recognition
• Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2012-2015
• Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2005-2014
• "Top 100 Lawyers in Houston," 2014
• Corporate Counsel Edition, 2008-2010
• Rising Stars Edition, 2004
• Listed, Euromoney's Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, "Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law," 2014
• Listed, Managing IP Magazine's World IP Handbook and Survey, "IP Stars," 2014
• Listed, "IP Stars-Top 250 Women in IP," 2013
• Listed, Houstonia magazine, "Top Lawyer for Intellectual Property," 2013
• Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011 & 2013
• Elected Member, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2012
• Selected, "Bar Register of Women Lawyers," Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers -Inaugural Edition, 2011
• Team Member, a Law360 "Product Liability Practice Group of the Year," 2011
• Listed, H Texas Magazine, "Houston's Top Lawyers," 2006-2007, 2011
• Team Member, a Law360 "Appellate Practice Group of the Year," 2010
• Named, H Inside Houston magazine, "Houston's Professionals on the Fast Track," 2006-2007
• Elected Member and fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
• Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5
• Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of Fortune 500 medical device company and one of its sales representatives, following a four-week trial.
• Represented software, electronics, biomedical, industrial and cosmetics companies in patent litigation.
• Represented Italian company in litigation involving trademark infringement, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and civil theft.
• Represented energy hedge fund against claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and civil conspiracy in New York state court.
• Represented national hospital services company in injunctive proceedings regarding governmental immunity.
• Represented Hong Kong-based electronics manufacturer in warranty litigation.
• Represented national hospital services company in injunctive proceedings regarding suspension of physician privileges.
• Represented online newsletter in defense of defamation claims from blog entries and First Amendment issues.
• Represented Kansas City Southern Railroad in appellate matters involving sovereign immunity.
• Represented national health care provider in federal court litigation challenging constitutionality of Texas tort reform.
• Represented educational software company in trade secret litigation.
• Represented foreign electronics manufacturer in warranty litigation in state and federal court.
• Represented the WNBA in contract dispute.
• National trial counsel for world's largest provider of dialysis services.
• National trial counsel for cardiac perfusion company.
• Represented foreign pipeline company in contract and fraud dispute.
• Represented national health services provider in case involving allegations of unauthorized sale of insurance and fraud.
• Advised multiple clients on structure of transactions to ensure compliance with state and federal health regulations and the corporate practice of medicine doctrine.
• Represented major steel company in mandamus proceeding before the Supreme Court of Texas.
• Represented national emergency physician management services group in case alleging violations of the corporate practice of medicine.
• Represented national health services company as national trial counsel in federal court commercial litigation nationwide, including Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Nevada and Mississippi.
• Represented national dialysis provider in commercial litigation involving non-compete, breach, business disparagement, predatory hiring and tortious interference.
• Statewide counsel for national health care provider in all litigation matters.
• Represented major pharmaceutical company in products liability litigation.
• Statewide counsel for national insurance company on drug related claims and physician indemnity program.
• Represented foreign oncology group in Texas courts in litigation concerning fraud, defamation and breach of contract.
• Obtained Texas Supreme Court decision abolishing damages for filial consortium.
• Represented clients from pretrial to post-trial including interlocutory appeals, jury-charge development and argument, mandamus proceedings in all courts of appeal, bill of review proceedings, and traditional appeals in Texas intermediate courts of appeal, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Fifth Circuit.
• In re Gawlikowski, 2010 WL 11175, Tex.App.-Hous. (14 Dist.), January 04, 2010.
• Kansas City Southern v. Port of Corpus Christi Authority of Nueces County, --- S.W.3d ----, 2009 WL 4688884, (Tex.App.-Corpus Christi, December 10, 2009).
• Packard v. Guerra, 252 S.W.3d 511, Tex.App.-Hous. (14 Dist.).
• Kumar v. Hill and Info Systems Architects, Inc., 2007 WL 495512 (Tex. App. - Hous. [1 Dist.], February 15, 2007).
• Sinha v. Lopez, 2006 WL 2559355 (Tex. App. - Houston [14th Dist.], 2006).
• Daniels v. Yancey, 175 S.W. 3d 889 (Tex. App. - Texarkana, 2005).
• Taylor v. Good Shepherd, 2005 Tex. App. LEXIS 6890 (Tex. App. - Tyler, 2005).
• Mokkala v. Mead, 2005 Tex. App. LEXIS 4224 (Tex. App. - Houston [14th Dist.], June 3, 2005).
• Roberts v. Williamson, 111 S.W.3d 113, 46 Tex. Sup.Ct. J. 944 (Tex. Jul 3, 2003).
• Todd v. Pin Oak Green, 2002 WL 731070 (Tex. App. - Texarkana, 2002).
• Roberts v. Williamson II, 52 S.W.3d 343 (Tex. App.- Texarkana, 2001 pet granted, argued April 17, 2002).
• Williamson v. Roberts, 52 S.W.3d 354 (Tex. App.- Texarkana, 2001 pet granted, argued April 17, 2002).
• Glover ex rel Estate of Glover v. Fairchok, 2001 WL 710407 (Tex. App. - Dallas, 2001, no writ).
• Holtschult v. Savin II, 1999 Westlaw 301632 (Tex. App. - Dallas, 1999, no writ).
• Rosa H. v. San Elizario I.S.D, 106 F. 3d 648 (5th Cir. 1997).
• Holtschult v. Savin, 1996 Westlaw 459762 (Tex. App. - Dallas, 1996, no writ.).
°Some of the above representations were handled by Ms. Lovett prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig LLP.
Publications & Presentations
Articles, Lectures & Publications
• Panelist, "Litigating in Hellhole Jurisdictions," New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association Annual Meeting, January 29, 2013
• Closing Argument Demonstration, "The Trial of Wyatt Earp," American Bar Association Section of Litigation Anatomy of a Trial Program, Dallas, TX, September 21, 2012
• "Enforcing Non-Competes in the Health Care Setting," American Conference Institute Health Law Seminar, Chicago, IL, July 31, 2012
• Panelist/Lecture Demonstration, "If You Can't Pick a Jury, You Can't Win a Trial," CLE Showcase Session, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual CLE Conference, Miami, FL, April 15, 2011
• American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual CLE Conference, Miami, FL, April 15, 2011
• "Effectively Engaging in Cross Gender Mentoring," Greater Houston Conference for Women, Westin Galleria Hotel,
• Houston, TX, April 2011
• Ethics Panel Discussion, National Association of Women Lawyers, Dallas, TX, February 25, 2010
• "Excluding Damaging Evidence," University of Houston Advanced Evidence and Discovery Continuing Legal Education Program, January, March, July 2009
• "The Gatekeeper: Expert Challenges under Daubert," South Texas College of Law Advanced Civil Litigation Continuing Legal Education Program, April 2008
• "Excluding Damaging Evidence," University of Houston Advanced Evidence and Discovery Continuing Legal Education Program, March 2008
• "Limitations," State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program, March 2008
• "The Use of Technology in the Courtroom" (particularly as it relates to toxic torts and scientific data), 2006 Annual Summer Meeting of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Colorado Springs, CO, July 13-15, 2006
• "Informed Consent," The Methodist Hospital of Houston, Professional Staff Education Day, August 2005, 2006
• "Using Medical Technology to Prove Damages," South Texas College of Law Advanced Personal Injury Program, March 2005
• "Litigating the Covenant Not to Compete," Texas Association of Defense Counsel Summer Meeting, Jackson Hole, WY, July 2004
• "Advanced Deposition Techniques," State Bar of Texas
• Advanced Personal Injury Seminar Professional Development Program, July, August 2003
• "Recent Developments in Damages," Texas Association of Defense Counsel Summer Meeting, Durango, CO, July 2002
• "Discovery Skills for Legal Staff in Texas," Lorman Education Services, CLE Program, 2002
• "Drugs and the FDA Approval Process," Houston Bar Association, CLE Program, 2001
• "Litigation Strategies," Houston Bar Association Litigation Section, March 30, 2001
• "Multiple Party Litigation: Joint Defense Agreements, Partial Settlements, Confidentiality Agreements, Etc.," University of Houston Law Foundation's Medical Malpractice, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Litigation seminar, March 29, 2001
• "Privileges, Discovery Motions, Protective Orders, and Mandamus," State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program, 2000
• "Damage Caps," South Texas College of Law CLE Program, 2000
• "Multiple Party Litigation," University of Houston CLE Program, 1999
• "Discovery Under the New Rules," South Texas College of Law CLE Program, 1999
• "Damages: A Defense Perspective," South Texas College of Law CLE Program, 1996, 1997, 1998
• "Sanctions for Discovery Abuse," University of Houston CLE Program, 1996, 1997, 1998
• "Closing Argument," Texas Association of Defense Counsel CLE Program, 1996
• "Presenting the Physician Defendant for Deposition and Trial," Texas Association of Defense Counsel, CLE Program, 1996
• "Summary Judgment in Texas," University of Houston CLE Program, 1995
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