Melissa LaBauve brings over 20 years of trademark and IP transactional law experience. She represents a wide variety of companies, both domestic and international, serving as their outside counsel and helping them manage, protect, and exploit their intellectual property assets. Melissa enjoys great relationships with her clients and is a trusted advocate working closely with them to help solve trademark prosecution issues, enforcement, and other complex IP transactional matters.

With a trained eye on future trends and changes in the trademark landscape, Melissa is a focused voice for her clients and their trademark portfolios, across multiple jurisdictions. She is pointful, communicative, and adept at negotiating and drafting a host of agreements, including intellectual property licenses, co-branding agreements, social media, and Internet-related agreements, as well as various types of service agreements and marketing contracts.

Melissa is a great supporter of the IP community and a contributing member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), where she currently serves as the co-chair of the INTA 2023 Leadership Meeting and co-chair of the Leadership Development Committee’s Annual Meeting & Beyond Project Team.  She was a member of INTA’s 2023 Annual Meeting Project Team and has previously served as chair of the Trademark Roundtable Project Team.  She has been a valuable member of the Trademark Office Practices Committee, Internet Committee, Programs Committee, and Treaty Analysis Committee.

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Munck Wilson Mandala Expands in Austin Market Adding Seven Attorneys from Fleckman & McGlynn

The new attorneys joining MWM include founding principal Steven Fleckman and named partner Jessica McGlynn, partners John Cain, Melissa LaBauve, and Andrew McKeon, principal attorney Jason Blair, and of counsel Bill Raman. “Our plan when we opened our Austin office was to grow strategically, and Steve and his team represent the next phase of our

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Loyola University, New Orleans College of Law, JD, 1998

cum laude

Law Review | Moot Court Team

Louisiana State University, BA, 1994


  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
    – Co-Chair of the 2023 INTA Leadership Meeting
    – Leadership Development Committee
    – Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting and Beyond Project Team
  • Served as a Provisors Group Leader
  • State Bar of Texas

  • World Trademark Review 1000 – Recommended Individual (2021 – 2023)

Texas, 2002


Georgia, (Inactive, in good standing)

Louisiana, (Inactive, in good standing)

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