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.
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.
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.
MWM attorneys are fluent in English, Cantonese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Persian and Tamil.
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.
In 2020 MWM was one of the few law firms that did not announce layoffs as a result of the pandemic. The firm started the year with 75 attorneys and completed the year with the same number. MWM continues to expand its presence on the West Coast with eight attorneys working out of the Los Angeles office. This year, the firm promoted three female attorneys to partner and now has 31% female partners and a total female attorney proportion of 38%. MWM’s attorney headcount has increased from 50 attorneys in 2016 to 75 in 2021, 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 2020 MWM was named Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer magazine and the Dallas Business Journal ranked the firm the largest patent law firm in North Texas. MWM was also the only full-service law firm to be selected as an Inc. Best Workplace in 2020.
Munck Wilson Mandala LLP
600 Banner Place Tower
12770 Coit Road
Dallas TX 75251
- Los Angeles
Sample client list
- Crane Co
- iLife Technologies, Inc
- Raytheon Co
- ROHM Semiconductor
- Samsung Electronics