Michelle Jacobs is an experienced trial lawyer who advocates with tireless dedication, whether in writing, in the courtroom, or at any other stage of litigation. Michelle’s practice focuses on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation in state and federal courts.
She has handled disputes involving copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, contracts, fraud, business disparagement, products liability, and a variety of other causes of action. She has represented clients in an array of industries, including software, manufacturing, telecommunications, energy, entertainment, beauty, and others.
Michelle plays a lead role in complex litigation, including class action defense. She recently assisted in defeating a class action bid for AT&T involving claims of alleged environmental contamination and abandonment of property rights. She also currently manages product liability lawsuits for a large manufacturer nationwide.
Michelle’s recent experience also includes representing Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. in an arbitration proceeding involving technology used in hydraulic fracturing. The opposing party, Ecosphere Technologies, Inc., claimed that Halliburton misappropriated its alleged trade secrets and violated a non-disclosure agreement between the parties. After a two-week final hearing, the arbitration panel unanimously ruled in favor of Halliburton, rejecting each of Ecosphere’s claims.
Michelle also recently represented a coalition of 88 school districts challenging the constitutionality of Texas’s school finance system. After 16 weeks of trial, the trial judge ruled in favor of the school district coalition on each of their affirmative claims. Although the Texas Supreme Court ultimately reversed the trial court’s judgment, the case was widely publicized and cast light on the current state of public education in Texas.
Michelle enjoys dedicating her time to community service and pro bono work. She currently serves on the board of Genesis Young Leaders, an auxiliary of Genesis Women’s Shelter, and she leads the firm’s initiative to provide pro bono services to clients of Genesis Women’s Shelter.
She also recently served as first chair in a trial seeking asylum on behalf of a mother and her four children who faced imminent physical harm and persecution if forced to return to Sudan. At the conclusion of the trial, the woman and her four children were all granted asylum. Because of her work on this case, she was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Associate Award for the Asylum Program of Human Rights Initiative of North Texas.
- J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2009, William and Mary Law Review
- B.A., Humanities, Brigham Young University, 2006, Minor in Management; cum laude
ADMISSIONS : Texas, 2009
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
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