Munck Wilson Mandala LLP

Munck Wilson Mandala (MWM) is a technology-focused law firm known for the development and enforcement of market-focused offensive and defensive IP portfolios. MWM represents clients in the hardware, software, firmware, gaming, pharmaceutical, defence, wired/wireless communications, energy, medical device/healthcare, and electromechanical fields, among others. MWM offers full-service counsel in the areas of IP litigation, complex commercial litigation, IP portfolio development, corporate transactions and securities, and employment law.

Firm history

Founded in 1997, MWM began as a small boutique in Dallas. William A Munck joined the firm in the late 1990s and was soon the managing partner, successfully growing the firm from six to more than 70 attorneys in the past two decades. In addition to legal services in corporate, M&A, labour and employment, and commercial litigation, Mr Munck has assembled one of the strongest IP teams in the Southwest, known as an IP powerhouse among legal industry experts and ranked as the largest patent law firm in North Texas.

International experience

MWM has an extensive network of foreign associates and counsel around the world. MWM attorneys frequently travel to France, Germany, China, Korea and other foreign locations to serve clients. MWM represents businesses around the world in connection with patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright and technology transactions. Several MWM attorneys have worked internationally in-house and the IP and litigation teams are familiar with legal issues and cross-border challenges that technology and other clients face.

Languages

MWM attorneys are fluent in English, Cantonese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Persian and Tamil.

Notable cases

MWM has a distinguished IP litigation practice. As the editors of Chambers USA wrote, MWM is “especially well known for its expertise in IP disputes”. This expertise comes from a combination of high-tech knowledge and experience and exceptional trial skills. By teaming talented IP lawyers with accomplished trial lawyers, MWM delivers focused, strategic, high-value representation in a wide range of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition matters. The litigation team is uniquely qualified to understand complex IP disputes and explain cases to the judge or jury.

The Texas Lawyer honour for law firms that have produced the highest verdicts from 2014-2018 noted two MWM IP cases: Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions, Inc v Intersil Corp (over $88.85 million) and iLife Technologies Inc v Nintendo of America Inc ($10.1 million) as Hall of Fame Verdicts in 2019.

Number of partners/patent experts

MWM has 40+ registered patent attorneys, 75 attorneys firm-wide and over 900 years of technical and IP law experience.

MWM clients span a full spectrum from global defence and technology companies to small cap/privately held companies and start-ups. MWM’s IP practice (both domestic and foreign) comprises approximately:

  • 45% patent, copyright and trademark preparation and prosecution;
  • 35% IP litigation;
  • 10% IP licensing; and
  • 10% technology-based transactional work, including asset valuation/due diligence.

Recent developments

In 2019 MWM expanded its national presence to the West Coast through the acquisition of a Los Angeles IP boutique. Later in the year, MWM acquired a women-owned litigation boutique in Dallas that strengthened the IP and complex litigation legal bench and helped double the number of female attorneys in the firm. MWM’s attorney headcount has increased from 50 attorneys in 2016 to 75 in 2019, with 40 registered patent attorneys and four offices – three in Texas and one located in the heart of Silicon Beach – the third largest tech hub in the country.

In September 2019, MWM welcomed Jenifer Wallis as a new partner in the LA office, adding 14 years of legal experience and expanding the firm’s West Coast operations. The addition of Ms Wallis strengthens MWM’s bench in the LA market and further enhances the firm’s robust IP legal services. Her unique practice positions her to represent clients in business litigation and entertainment law.

In 2019, MWM was ranked as the largest patent law firm in North Texas by Dallas Business Journal.

Contact details

Munck Wilson Mandala LLP
600 Banner Place Tower
12770 Coit Road
Dallas TX 75251
United States

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Austin
  • Los Angeles
  • Marshall

Sample client list

  • Crane Co
  • iLife Technologies, Inc
  • Raytheon Co
  • ROHM Semiconductor
  • Samsung Electronics