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).
- Trial and appellate law
- Commercial and complex litigation
- Patent litigation
- Trademark litigation
- Health law
- Trade secret litigation
- Product liability litigation