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Mary-Olga Lovett

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 1700
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-374-3500
Fax: 713-754-7541
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2004
Licensed in Texas Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Appellate, Intellectual Property Litigation
Attorney Profile

Mary-Olga (“Mo”) Lovett is Senior Vice President of Greenberg Traurig, with operational responsibilities for the firm’s Texas offices, and is a member of the firm’s global Executive Committee. A proven first-chair trial lawyer, Mo is a fierce advocate for her wide range of national and global clients. When reputations are on the line or billions of dollars are at stake, clients turn to Mary-Olga to spearhead the litigation, knowing that she has the experience and tenacity to take even the most complex cases to verdict. She is a strategic thinker who is often called in to lead other litigation teams in complex cases across a variety of industries. Her current representations include leading legal teams defending a global energy giant regarding allegations of billions of dollars of environmental damage, defending a global tech firm in a multibillion-dollar Lanham Act case, prosecuting trademark claims for multi-Grammy-winning performers, and acting as lead trial counsel for the target defendant in a 2000-plaintiff Texas state court case arising from an explosion in Houston. 

With more than 27 years of experience, she has tried more than 50 cases, with more than $100 billion at stake. The Houston Chronicle called her “the Houston attorney pushing to put more women in the courtroom’’ and South Texas College of Law Dean Michael F. Barry called her “a trusted advisor and true business partner, and she epitomizes the profession of attorney and counselor at law.’’ She is a frequent speaker on cutting-edge topics in the law and spoke in fall 2021 at the Benchmark Women in Litigation Forum on “Protecting your brand in the era of cancel culture.’’ Mo is passionate about placing women in first-chair roles, particularly in high-profile cases, and builds diverse teams to litigate every case she handles.

Licensed in Texas and New York, Mary-Olga’s cases involve a wide variety of complex legal issues, including patent infringement, trademark infringement, theft of trade-secrets, commercial disputes, class actions, employment litigation, and product liability matters. She has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts in more than 20 jurisdictions. She has also represented U.S. and international clients in appellate litigation before state and federal courts of appeal and the Texas Supreme Court. She is currently listed as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas by Super Lawyers Magazine/Texas Monthly and one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Houston, and in 2016 she was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas. In 2017, she was named Best in Patent, by Euromoney’s Guide to the Leading Women in Business Law. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Managing IP magazine’s “IP Stars,” in which she has been recognized as one of the “Top 250 Women in IP,” and Euromoney’s Guide to the Leading Women in Business Law (2014-2021); she was also short-listed for “Best in Patent” by Euromoney in 2016. She is a 14-year member and Senior Life Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the qualifications for which require a minimum of 20 first-chair jury trials to verdict and peer election.

Some of Mary-Olga’s most recent verdicts (all cases tried as first chair since 2011):

  • Defense verdict in favor of an energy hedge fund accused of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and gross negligence based on that $454 million fund’s implosion amid market volatility (New York Supreme Court)
  • Defense verdict for Microsoft, Inc. on claims that its enterprise software caused the failure of an $85 million online sports-retail business (United States District Court for the Western District of Texas - San Antonio, Texas)
  • Defense verdict on behalf of Fortune 500 navigation-device manufacturer Garmin accused of patent infringement (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas - Marshall)
  • Defense verdict in a bet-the-company class-action suit alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act for the nation's largest provider of emergency medicine and ambulance services (United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas-Corpus Christi)
  • Defense verdict of non-infringement for the country’s leading consumer products company, Rank Group Limited/Reynolds in lawsuit alleging willful patent infringement (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas – Marshall Division)
  • Obtaining multimillion-dollar award of attorneys’ fees for prevailing plaintiff in commercial case (Harris County, Texas)
  • Defense verdict of non-infringement for global medical device company (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas – Tyler Division)
  • Award of $537 million and assets valued in excess of $1 billion in favor of client on alter ego claims in a dispute involving a global family energy company. (Harris County, Texas)

A first-generation American on her mother’s side and a sixth-generation Texan on her father’s side, Mary-Olga received her B.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University and her J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston. She was the first person ever to hold the national titles in moot court for both the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (ABA) and the National Moot Court Competition (Association of the Bar of the City of New York/American College of Trial Lawyers).

Concentrations

  • Trial and appellate law
  • Commercial and complex litigation
  • Patent litigation
  • Trademark litigation
  • Health law
  • Trade secret litigation
  • Product liability litigation
Practice Areas
  • 60%Business Litigation
  • 20%Appellate
  • 20%Intellectual Property Litigation

Selections

18 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2004

About Mary-Olga Lovett

First Admitted: 1994, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.gtlaw.com/en/professionals/l/lovett-maryolga

Honors/Awards

  • South Texas College of Law, Lewis F. Powell National Award for Excellence in Advocacy, National Order of the Barristers, Delta Theta Phi
  • Elected Member and Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • South Texas College of Law, National Appellate Advocacy Champion, American Bar Association, 1993
  • South Texas College of Law, National Moot Court Champion, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1994
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5
  • Named, H Inside Houston magazine, "Houston's Professionals on the Fast Track," 2006-2007
  • Named, H Inside Houston magazine, "Houston's Professionals on the Fast Track," 2006-2007
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Product Liability Practice Group of the Year," 2011
  • Listed, H Texas Magazine, "Houston's Top Lawyers," 2006-2007, 2011-2015
  • Listed, Euromoney's Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, "Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law," 2014-2017
  • Selected, "Bar Register of Women Lawyers," Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers —Inaugural Edition, 2011
  • Elected Member, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2012
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011 & 2013
  • Listed, Houstonia magazine, "Top Lawyer for Intellectual Property," 2013, 2014; “Top Lawyer for Litigation,” 2015, 2016
  • Selected, Houston Business Journal, "Women Who Mean Business - Outstanding Leaders in Law," 2018 
  • Shortlisted, Euromoney's Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, "Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law, 2016, “Best in Patent”
  • Rising Stars Edition, 2004
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, 2008-2010
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2005-2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Houston, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018
  • Top 50 Woman Lawyers in Texas, 2015, 2016, and 2018
  • Listed, "IP Stars-Top 250 Women in IP," 2013
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Dispute Resolution - General Commercial Disputes, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2012-2019
  • Listed, Managing IP Magazine's World IP Handbook and Survey, "IP Stars," 2014, 2015, 2017-2018
  • Winner, Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards, "Best in Patent," 2017
  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year,” 2018

Educational Background

  • B.A., Stephen F. Austin State University, 1990, Pi Sigma Alpha, Chief Justice, University Supreme Court

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Member, Greater Houston Partnership Executive Women’s Partnership Committee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Greater Houston Partnership Homeland Security Committee
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member, Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Elected Member and Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chair, South Texas College of Law Annual Gala Underwriting Committee, 2007
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Lecturer, University of Houston Continuing Legal Education Foundation, 1995-2001, 2008
  • Lecturer, South Texas College of Law Continuing Legal Education Foundation, 1996-present
  • Adjunct Professor, South Texas College of Law, 1997-2002
  • Lecturer, State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program, 2000, 2008

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Holtschult v. Savin, 1996 Westlaw 459762 (Tex. App. - Dallas, 1996, no writ.)
  • Rosa H. v. San Elizario I.S.D, 106 F. 3d 648 (5th Cir. 1997)
  • Glover ex rel Estate of Glover v. Fairchok, 2001 WL 710407 (Tex. App. - Dallas, 2001, no writ)
  • Holtschult v. Savin II, 1999 Westlaw 301632 (Tex. App. - Dallas, 1999, no writ)
  • Roberts v. Williamson II, 52 S.W.3d 343 (Tex. App.- Texarkana, 2001 pet granted, argued April 17, 2002)
  • Williamson v. Roberts, 52 S.W.3d 354 (Tex. App.- Texarkana, 2001 pet granted, argued April 17, 2002)
  • Todd v. Pin Oak Green, 2002 WL 731070 (Tex. App. - Texarkana, 2002)
  • Daniels v. Yancey, 175 S.W. 3d 889 (Tex. App. - Texarkana, 2005)
  • Roberts v. Williamson, 111 S.W.3d 113, 46 Tex. Sup.Ct. J. 944 (Tex. Jul 3, 2003)
  • Mokkala v. Mead, 2005 Tex. App. LEXIS 4224 (Tex. App. - Houston [14th Dist.], June 3, 2005)
  • Taylor v. Good Shepherd, 2005 Tex. App. LEXIS 6890 (Tex. App. - Tyler, 2005)
  • Sinha v. Lopez, 2006 WL 2559355 (Tex. App. - Houston [14th Dist.], 2006)
  • Kumar v. Hill and Info Systems Architects, Inc., 2007 WL 495512 (Tex. App. - Hous. [1 Dist.], February 15, 2007)
  • Packard v. Guerra, 252 S.W.3d 511, Tex.App.-Hous. (14 Dist.)
  • In re Gawlikowski, 2010 WL 11175, Tex.App.-Hous. (14 Dist.), January 04, 2010
  • Kansas City Southern v. Port of Corpus Christi Authority of Nueces County, --- S.W.3d ----, 2009 WL 4688884, (Tex.App.-Corpus Christi, December 10, 2009)

Industry Groups

  • Automotive Components
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Medical Device
  • Patent Litigation
  • Software
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Office Location for Mary-Olga Lovett

1000 Louisiana Street
Suite 1700
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-374-3500

Fax: 713-754-7541

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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