At Munck Wilson Mandala, we represent clients around the world, protecting their ideas, inventions, and businesses. Our patents and innovations team – which is deeply integrated with the firm’s corporate, litigation and transactional practices – includes more than 50 registered patent attorneys, patent agents, scientific advisors, and foreign associates, most of whom possess advanced degrees in such areas as biology, chemistry, engineering, and other STEM-related fields.

With deep cross-industry experience, Munck Wilson Mandala attorneys have diverse and distinguished technical backgrounds. We are fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, Spanish, and other languages. We have several IP attorneys who have been working together for 20 years or longer. As a team, we have over a millennium of combined technical and engineering experience.

MWM’s patents and innovations team assists growing companies in achieving key milestones by securing, developing, and protecting their most valuable IP assets, while advising established companies responsible for advancing pioneering breakthroughs. Our innovative strategies help clients leverage their intellectual property, defend against claims of others, and establish a competitive edge in trending technologies.

We identify the areas in which IP protection is most critical to achieving the company’s business objectives, determine the most effective methods of protection, and identify strategies to avoid issues with third-party patents.

Our Services Include:

  • Patent portfolio management
  • Preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications
  • Interference and reexamination proceedings
  • Non-infringement and validity opinions
  • Freedom-to-operate and due diligence analyses
  • Licensing and regulatory submissions
  • Litigation enforcement and defense, including USPTO trial proceedings
  • IP due diligence for initial public offerings, transactions, asset purchase agreements, and venture financings
  • FDA-related submissions and strategies such as citizen petitions and Paragraph IV certification

William “Bill” Munck, managing partner of Munck Wilson, said a Waco office makes sense, because of the firm’s technology focus. “We do an enormous amount of IP lit and patent lit and Waco is one of the top three patent filing courts in the country.”

Texas Lawyer, Jul. 5, 2022

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Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes Principal Attorney Lewis Schiel

Schiel is a registered patent attorney who brings nearly 11 years of legal experience in patent evaluation, preparation, and prosecution. This experience includes successfully prosecuting patents across industries domestically and abroad, evaluating products for evidence of patent infringement, and preparation of claim charts for presentation to potential licensees. Schiel received his J.D.from Southern Methodist University

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MWM Partner Jordan Strauss Honored as a Lawyer on the Rise by Texas Lawyer

As part of the MWM team that earned the title of Litigation Department of the Year in 2020, Strauss handles complex advocacy and argument for high-stakes patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and other IP-related matters.  In her nine-plus years with MWM, she has represented some of the firm’s largest clients in high-stakes and hotly contested

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Munck Wilson Mandala is pleased to announce Keith Harden as our newest Intellectual Property partner

Keith advises companies regarding IP identification, protection, and development. He frequently represents clients on numerous other IP issues such as patent infringement and invalidity, strategy regarding advanced proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and intellectual property portfolio management and due diligence. Keith received his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of

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MWM’s William A. Munck and Michael McCabe Listed among the 2022 Dallas 500; The Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas 500 is a special edition of D CEO Magazine that celebrates dynamic and influential leaders in North Texas. Each year, the editors of D CEO base their selection on extensive contacts and recommendations in local business circles and hundreds of interviews.  Dallas 500 provides a personal, engaging look at the leaders who make the North

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9 Munck Wilson Mandala Lawyers Named to 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Lawyers recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing. Munck Wilson Mandala would like to congratulate the following lawyers

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18 Munck Wilson Mandala Attorneys Named Texas Super Lawyers

The 2020 list of Texas Super Lawyers will be published in the October issue of Texas Monthly. The annual Texas Super Lawyers list honors Texas’ top lawyers based on surveys of more than 57,000 active attorneys across the state. The final list is estimated to be only five percent of Texas’ licensed attorneys. Several MWM partners

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Munck Wilson Mandala Named a 2020 Inc. Best Workplace; Only Full-Service Law Firm Recognized in the Nation

Collecting data from more than 3,000 submissions, Inc. singled out 395 finalists nationally for this year’s list.  Each nominated company took part in an employee survey on topics including trust, management effectiveness, perks, and confidence in the future.  Inc. gathered, analyzed, and audited the data. The strongest engagement scores came from companies that prioritize the

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13 Munck Wilson Mandala Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America©; 8 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

The MWM attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers in America© are managing partner William Munck, who has been recognized annually since 2011, chair of the litigation practice Jamil Alibhai, litigation partner Kelly Chen, IP partner Greg Howison, chair of the corporate law practice Larry Mandala, co-chair of the employment and labor practice Michael McCabe, chair of

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Munck Wilson Mandala Shortlisted for Several Honors in Upcoming Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2020

MWM is on the shortlist for Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity and Inclusion and Inclusive Firm of the Year.  MWM’s managing partner William A. Munck is shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution.  MWM partner Amanda Greenspon is shortlisted for Outstanding Ally Award and MWM associate Tasha Schwikert is shortlisted for Future Leader – Diversity and Inclusion. Munck

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Munck Wilson Mandala and Five Partners Honored in the 2020 IAM Patent 1000 Publication

Online and in its printed version, the IAM Patent 1000 is commonly regarded as one of the definitive ‘go-to’ resources for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise and leading expert witnesses in the US. IAM listings are the result of an exhaustive qualitative research process to identify outstanding firms and individuals across

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What Intellectual Property Protection is Necessary for Ghost Kitchens?

by Dan Venglarik, Mar. 23, 2020 Ghost kitchens are retail food service enterprises with no meaningful brick-and-mortar service space, as opposed to food preparation space.  Conventional restaurants exploit food delivery to augment existing dine-in, to-go, and/or curbside pickup food service at brick-and-mortar locations.  Pop-up restaurants simply repurpose existing retail locations for a conventional—if temporary—restaurant.  By

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Munck Wilson Mandala Honored as a 2020 Inc. Best Workplace

Collecting data from more than 3,000 submissions, Inc. singled out 395 finalists nationally for this year’s list.  Each nominated company took part in an employee survey on topics including trust, management effectiveness, perks, and confidence in the future.  Inc. gathered, analyzed, and audited the data. The strongest engagement scores came from companies that prioritize the

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Eight Munck Wilson Mandala Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers in Dallas

Mandala, Ray and Kaliser are members of MWM’s corporate practice.  Mandala is a name partner and member of the executive committee and chairs MWM’s corporate practice. Ray and Kaliser are both partners in the corporate practice. Martinez is a senior partner in MWM’s complex litigation/dispute resolution practice. She is a trial attorney with a versatile

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How to Choose a Patent Attorney

Drafting a patent requires understanding the technology to be protected. A patent for an invention within a technical field is safest in the hands of an attorney with educational and work experience within the same industry. A patent attorney who understands the complexities of your invention can write thorough patents that outline the precise details

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Seven Munck Wilson Mandala Attorneys Selected as Texas Rising Stars

Seven Munck Wilson Mandala attorneys have been recognized as Texas Rising Stars for 2020.  The attorneys were selected in the categories of intellectual property, business/corporate law, business litigation, employment litigation, and intellectual property litigation. Published by Thomson Reuters, the Texas Rising Stars listing recognizes the top young lawyers in the state based on a multiphase

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Federal Circuit Decisions Breathe New Life Into Alice Responses by Patent Prosecutors

Neil Ferrari and Dan Venglarik for IPWatchdog, Inc., March 2018. While most commentary to date has focused on the implications for litigation, two recent Federal Circuit decisions have promising implications for patent prosecutors struggling to overcome conclusory rejections that claims lack subject matter eligibility.  Since Alice and the subsequent interim guidance by the U.S. Patent Office, one

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Munck Wilson Secures 10 Millionth Patent in USPTO History

© 2018 The Texas Lawbook. By Natalie Posgate (June 19) – A group of Dallas lawyers from Munck Wilson Mandala made patent history Tuesday by securing a laser detection technology patent for Raytheon. It is the 10 millionth patent to be issued in the U.S. since George Washington issued the first in 1790 to Samuel

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Dallas Law Firm Registers the Nation’s 10 Millionth Patent at the USPTO

For some perspective, Raytheon’s patent comes 228 years after the country’s first patent was issued on July 31, 1790, to Samuel Hopkins for a process for making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer. By John Council | June 21, 2018 at 03:19 PM When Dallas patent attorney David Doyle got a personal telephone call from the U.S. Patent and Trademark

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Litigation Department of the Year 2018: Munck Wilson Mandala

Finalist in the Midsize Firm Category In the mid-1990s, Bill Munck went on the hunt for the perfect place to set up a high-tech litigation firm. After visiting Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., and New York, where most IP firms were concentrated at the time, he ended up rejecting both the East and West coasts and staked his

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Bill Munck – The Coach

(Sept. 25, 2018; Texas Lawbook) – Growing up on Long Island, Bill Munck dreamed of being a police officer just like his father. His dad had other ideas. “The old man told me that he would break both of my knees with a baseball bat if I tried to become a cop, and I believed him,” Munck

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An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Intellectual Property Law Firms

Entrepreneurs have a myriad of tasks to conquer as they begin their journey to launch a successful business. Too often in the chaos, protecting intellectual property is overlooked. When there’s so much to do, who wants to research intellectual property law firms? Some entrepreneurs avoid speaking to a knowledgeable IP attorney, thinking that it will

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Texas Lawyer Names William Munck a Texas Trailblazer

As a trailblazer, Munck was the first in his family to attend college and combined his computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematic skills with a law degree.  He was recruited heavily by Silicon Valley firms in the 90s but chose Texas to start his legal career.  Munck saw the potential that North Texas provided in

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Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes New LA Partner Jenifer Wallis

“We were extremely impressed with Jenifer’s experience in intellectual property, complex litigation and entertainment,” said MWM’s managing partner William A. Munck.  “She is a perfect fit for the projected expansion of our firm in LA and she will complement the work of our managing partner Gary Hecker.” “I am looking forward to working with Jenifer,”

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18 Munck Wilson Mandala Partners Named Texas Super Lawyers

The 2019 list of Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) will be published in the October issue of Texas Monthly. The annual Texas Super Lawyers list honors Texas’ top lawyers based on surveys of more than 57,000 active attorneys across the state. The final list is estimated to be only five percent of Texas’ licensed attorneys. The following

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Eight Munck Wilson Mandala Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America

The Best Lawyers in America© list is compiled annually through peer-review surveys among tens of thousands of leading lawyers. If the votes for an attorney are ample for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay

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Munck Wilson Mandala’s William Munck and Greg Howison Listed as 2019 IP Stars

Munck is the managing partner of MWM, a member of the executive committee, and he chairs the firm’s intellectual property practice.  He has led MWM since the late 90s and grown the firm from six lawyers to 70 lawyers with three offices in Texas—Dallas, Austin, Marshall, and a Los Angeles office.  Munck received his J.D.

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Five Munck Wilson Mandala Partners Honored as Best Lawyers in Dallas

Munck is the managing partner of MWM, a member of the executive committee, and he chairs the firm’s intellectual property practice.  He has led MWM since the late 90s and grown the firm from six lawyers to 70 lawyers with three offices in Texas—Dallas, Austin, Marshall, and a Los Angeles office.  Munck received his J.D.

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Seven Munck Wilson Mandala Attorneys Selected as Texas Rising Stars

Published by Thomson Reuters, the Texas Rising Stars listing recognizes the top young lawyers in the state based on a multiphase process that includes nominations, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. Three of the recognized Rising Stars, Sarah Lopano, Lauren Mitchell and Jordan Strauss, will be included in the

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Munck Wilson Mandala Elects Amanda Greenspon and Marc Kaliser as new 2019 Partners

“Amanda and Marc have demonstrated tremendous commitment to the business of the firm.  They have delivered results both as professionals in the legal industry and as highly capable business developers.  Amanda’s trademark and copyright practice continues to expand into new markets and her involvement with S.H.E. Summit has led to significant relationships for the firm. 

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16 Munck Wilson Mandala Partners Named Texas Super Lawyers

The 2018 list of Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) will be published in the October issue of Texas Monthly. The annual Texas Super Lawyers list honors Texas’ top lawyers based on surveys of more than 57,000 active attorneys across the state. The final list is estimated to be only five percent of Texas’ licensed attorneys. The following

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Six Munck Wilson Mandala Partners Named Best Lawyers in America

The Best Lawyers in America© list is compiled annually through peer-review surveys among tens of thousands of leading lawyers. If the votes for an attorney are ample for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay

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Munck Wilson Mandala and William Munck Listed in the 2018 IAM Patent 1000 Publication

Law firm Munck Wilson Mandala and managing partner William A. Munck are listed in the 2018 IAM Patent 1000 directory.  Online and in its printed version, the IAM Patent 1000 is commonly regarded as one of the definitive ‘go-to’ resources for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise and leading expert witnesses in the US.

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Munck Wilson Mandala Client Receives Historic 10 Millionth Patent Issued by the USPTO

Jun 19, 2018, 4:18pm EDT DALLAS, June 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Law firm Munck Wilson Mandala prepared and prosecuted the patent issued as U.S. Patent No. 10,000,000 today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  The MWM IP team worked with firm client Raytheon and principal engineering fellow Joseph Marron on the underlying patent application.  The USPTO has dedicated a

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Munck Wilson Mandala Elects Neil Ferrari as a 2018 Partner

“Neil is one of the hardest working attorneys in our firm and I am pleased to see his commitment lead to this next phase of his legal career with us,” said William Munck, MWM’s managing partner.  “He works on some of our most critical matters and brings fresh perspectives and innovation to client service.” “We

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16 Munck Wilson Mandala Partners Named Texas Super Lawyers

Dallas, TX, Sep. 5, 2017 —–  16 partners from law firm Munck Wilson Mandala have been selected as Texas Super Lawyers for 2017.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Produced and managed by Thomson Reuters, the selection

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William Munck Selected as a 2017 Distinguished Leader by Texas Lawyer

Munck Wilson Mandala is a leading technology-focused law firm, serving entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as Fortune 50 clients. Munck joined the firm as a partner in the late 90s and by 2001, he was the managing partner.  Through strong leadership and a team-oriented culture, Munck Wilson Mandala has become a highly regarded law firm

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Stuart Shapley Joins Munck Wilson Mandala

Stuart Shapley joined Munck Wilson Mandala’s Austin office as senior counsel in the intellectual property law practice group.  Shapley is a patent attorney with more than 10 years of experience representing clients on patent prosecution, litigation and licensing matters, across a range of technologies, including networked computer systems, data storage devices, e-commerce applications and medical

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Munck Wilson Mandala Ranks High in Chambers USA 2018 (Chambers & Partners Publishing)

Chambers USA is published annually by Chambers and Partners Publishing, a premier guide to the legal profession.  Inclusion in Chambers USA is based completely on the research and peer interviews conducted and cannot be initiated by a firm or attorney. As managing partner of Munck Wilson Mandala and the chair of the firm’s IP practice, Munck

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Six Munck Wilson Mandala Partners Named Best Lawyers in America

The Best Lawyers in America list is compiled annually by conducting peer-review surveys among tens of thousands of leading lawyers. If the votes for an attorney are ample for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay

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Munck Wilson Mandala Ranks High in Chambers USA 2017 (Chambers & Partners Publishing)

Chambers USA is published by Chambers and Partners Publishing, a premier guide to the legal profession.  Each year, Chambers conducts in-depth research and interviews with clients and attorneys throughout the United States.  Inclusion in Chambers USA is based completely on the research and peer interviews conducted and cannot be initiated by a firm or attorney. As

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Munck Wilson Mandala’s Michael Rodriguez Graduates from Hispanic Austin Leadership

Rodriguez is a member of Munck Wilson Mandala’s technology/intellectual property law group, concentrating his practice on patent and trademark preparation and prosecution.  His clients are in the construction, electronics, energy, retail, restaurant, telecommunications, pet-care, vehicle manufacturing, and defense industries. As a college student, Rodriguez was both an athlete and a scholar, playing for the baseball

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Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes IP and Litigation Attorney Wei Wei

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Wei worked as an engineer and business consultant, and he was a teacher and graduate advisor at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas in Dallas. In addition to his law practice, Wei is an active partner in an investment consulting company focused

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Seven Munck Wilson Mandala Attorneys Selected as Texas Rising Stars

This year, two additional lists will be published: Top 100 Up-and-Coming Texas Rising Stars and Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women Texas Rising Stars.  Munck Wilson is proud to have three attorneys listed among the Top 100 Up-and-Coming Texas Rising Stars: Kelly Chen, Wallace Dunwoody and Jessica Spaniol.  Chen and Spaniol are also listed among the Top

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Munck Wilson Mandala Opens Austin Office with Three Partners

Rodriguez is a member of the firm’s intellectual property section, concentrating his practice in all areas of intellectual property with an emphasis on patent and trademark preparation and prosecution.  He has represented businesses in the construction, electronics, energy, retail, restaurant, telecommunications, pet-care, vehicle manufacturing, and defense industries. Rodriguez worked as a senior engineer with TXU

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23 Munck Wilson Mandala Lawyers Named to 2024 Best Lawyers List

Munck Wilson Mandala is pleased to announce that 23 lawyers have been included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic

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13 Munck Wilson Mandala Lawyers Named 2024 Ones to Watch List

Munck Wilson Mandala is pleased to announce that 13 lawyers have been included in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, a publication that recognizes up-and-coming attorneys for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice. The majority of the MWM attorneys featured on this year’s list have been named to the list annually

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IP Pro Tip: The Do’s and Don’ts of Patent Protection for Inventors

A. WHEN SHOULD ONE SEEK A PATENT? A patent can be extraordinarily valuable because of its protection, if valuable in the first place, extends from the grant of the patent until twenty years from the filing date of the underlying application provided periodic maintenance fees are paid (35 U.S.C. 154). It is the “utility patent”

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Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes IP/Trademark Partner Kristin Kosinski

Munck Wilson Mandala welcomes intellectual property and trademark partner Kristin Kosinski to the firm’s Los Angeles office. Kosinski brings more than 22 years of legal experience representing domestic and international clients in entertainment, finance, fashion, health, technology, beverages, and other industries. Among her services, she advises clients on trademark, copyright, and licensing matters. Kosinski previously

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Munck Wilson Mandala Ranked Among 2024 Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

In Dallas, MWM ranked as a Best Law Firm® in commercial litigation, copyright law, corporate law, employment law/management, insurance law, labor law/management, litigation/construction, litigation/intellectual property, litigation/labor and employment, litigation/patent, mergers and acquisitions law, patent law, sports law, technology law, trademark law, and venture capital law. In Austin, MWM ranked as a Best Law Firm® in

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Munck Wilson Mandala’s Gary Hecker Receives the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top 100 Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Honor

Munck Wilson Mandala is proud to congratulate intellectual property partner Gary Hecker who received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Honor at the 2024 Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers Award Reception held on Apr. 18. Hecker brings more than 43 years of legal experience in technology, intellectual property, and entertainment law in the Los Angeles

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