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Mary-Olga Lovett

Mary-Olga Lovett is Senior Vice President of Greenberg Traurig, with operational responsibilities for the firm’s Texas offices, and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Lovett is a proven first-chair trial lawyer who concentrates her practice in intellectual property, commercial and complex litigation and has served as national trial counsel for Fortune 500 companies in a broad range of industries, including entertainment, software, hardware, energy, hedge funds and financial institutions, health care, oilfield services, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and automotive components. In her practice as a first-chair trial lawyer with twenty-six years’ experience, she has tried cases to verdict involving a wide variety of issues, including patent infringement, trademark infringement, theft of trade-secrets, commercial disputes, class actions, employment litigation, and product liability matters. She has tried cases to verdict 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.

Licensed in Texas and New York, Mary-Olga is currently listed as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas by Super Lawyers Magazine/Texas Monthly and one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Houston, and in 2016 she was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas. In 2017, she was named Best in patent, by Euromoney’s Guide to the Leading Women in Business Law. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Managing IP magazine’s “IP Stars,” in which she has been recognized as one of the “Top 250 Women in IP,” and Euromoney’s Guide to the Leading Women in Business Law (2014-2017); she was also short-listed for “Best in Patent” by Euromoney in 2016. She is a thirteen-year member and Senior Life Fellow 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.

Some of Ms. Lovett’s most recent verdicts (all cases tried as first chair since 2011) - are:

  • defense verdict in favor of an energy hedge fund accused of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and gross negligence based on that $454-million fund’s implosion amid market volatility (New York Supreme Court);
  • a defense verdict for Microsoft, Inc. on claims that its enterprise software caused the failure of an $85 million online sports-retail business (San Antonio, Texas);
  • defense verdict on behalf of Fortune 500 medical-device manufacturer in a lawsuit alleging fraudulent marketing practices (Harris County, Texas);
  • defense verdict on behalf of a Fortune 500 navigation-device manufacturer accused of patent infringement (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas - Marshall);
  • defense verdict in 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);
  • defense verdict and award of verdict on counterclaims on behalf of a national contract-management company in suit alleging indemnity and corporate negligence claims brought by a Philadelphia hospital system (Pennsylvania state court – Philadelphia);
  • 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) obtaining six years of attorneys’ fees for prevailing plaintiff in commercial case (Harris County, Texas); and
  • defense verdict of non-infringement for global medical device company (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas – Tyler Division)
  • an award of $537 million and assets valued in excess of $1 billion in favor of client on alter ego claims in a dispute involving a global family energy company. (Harris County, Texas)

A first-generation American on her mother’s side and a sixth-generation Texan on her father’s side, Mary-Olga received her B.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University and her J.D. from South Texas College of Law Houston. 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).

Concentrations

  • Trial and appellate law
  • Commercial and complex litigation
  • Patent litigation
  • Trademark litigation
  • Health law
  • Trade secret litigation
  • Product liability litigation

Capabilities

Experience

  • Obtained defense verdict for Fortune 50 software company on claims of breach of contract, breach of warranty, and fraud in suit alleging the client’s software caused failure of Plaintiff’s $85 million online sports company in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (San Antonio Division)
  • Obtained complete defense judgment following trial for energy trading hedge fund Motherrock, on claims of misrepresentation, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, gross negligence, and negligence following that $454 million fund’s implosion during a period of extreme market volatility; also acted as first chair on appeal, in which defense verdict unanimously upheld) (New York Supreme Court; New York First Appellate Department)
  • Obtained defense verdict in patent infringement suit on behalf of global navigation company in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall Division)
  • Obtained defense verdict in patent infringement suit on behalf of nation’s largest consumer products company in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall Division)
  • Obtained defense verdict in patent infringement suit on behalf of global medical device company in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Tyler Division)
  • Obtained judgment of $537 million and assets valued in excess of $1 billion for client in dispute over family ownership of multinational energy company (Texas State Court – Harris County, Texas)
  • Obtained defense verdict for national health services company in class-action FLSA suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Corpus Christi Division)
  • Obtained defense verdict and prevailed on counterclaim for national health services company in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Orlando Division)
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of Fortune 500 medical device company and one of its sales representatives, following a four-week trial, (Texas State Court – Harris County, Texas)
  • Represented oilfield services chemical company in trade secrets dispute, resulting in eight-figure settlement for client on the eve of trial
  • Representing Fortune 50 software company in multibillion-dollar claims involving alleged violations of the Lanham Act and unfair trade practices.
  • Represented RJ Reynolds Tobacco, Inc. in litigation regarding interpretation of 1998 Texas settlement agreement.
  • Representation of recording artists, food and beverage companies, online retailers, and health care companies in trademark litigation.
  • Represented oilfield services pipe and alloy company in multiple commercial disputes including bet-the-company trade secrets and commercial cases which settled in client's favor.
  • Represented Italian company in litigation involving trademark infringement, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and civil theft.
  • 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.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2012-2021
  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year,” 2018
  • Winner, Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards, "Best in Patent," 2017
    • Shortlisted, "Best in Litigation," 2020 
    • Shortlisted, "Best in Patent," 2016, 2018
  • Listed, Managing IP Magazine's World IP Handbook and Survey, "IP Stars," 2014-2015, 2017-2020
    • Listed, "IP Stars-Top 250 Women in IP," 2013
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Dispute Resolution - General Commercial Disputes, 2018 and 2020
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2005-2019
    • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, 2015, 2016, and 2018-2019
    • Top 100 Lawyers in Houston, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018-2019
    • Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, 2016
    • Corporate Counsel Edition, 2008-2010
    • Rising Stars Edition, 2004
  • Selected, Houston Business Journal, "Women Who Mean Business - Outstanding Leaders in Law," 2018 
  • Shortlisted, Euromoney's Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, "Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law, 2016, “Best in Patent”
  • Listed, Euromoney's Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, "Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law," 2014-2017
  • Listed, Houstonia magazine, "Top Lawyer for Intellectual Property," 2013, 2014; “Top Lawyer for Litigation,” 2015, 2016
  • 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, 2011-2015
  • 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 Senior Life Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • 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

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1993
    • National Moot Court Champion, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, January, 1994
    • National Appellate Advocacy Champion, American Bar Association, August, 1993
    • Lewis F. Powell National Award for Excellence in Advocacy
    • National Order of the Barristers
    • Delta Theta Phi
  • B.A., Stephen F. Austin State University, 1990
    • Pi Sigma Alpha
    • Chief Justice, University Supreme Court
Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Texas
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • 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 Western District of Texas
Languages
  • American Sign Language