Michael Smith Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Attorney at Law

Austin
Texas
Licensed in
TX, Patent Bar
Santa Clara University
School of Law

"He has made me feel completely safe and supported in the process with timely turnaround."

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About
My practice focuses on small businesses, in many cases acting as general counsel handling the legal needs a growing company may face. I deal extensively with complex contract and licensing negotiations, especially intellectual property licensing. I am also well versed in entity formation, employment issues, contractor negotiations, real estate transactions including purchase and lease transactions, construction, vendor and supplier agreements, internet commerce, and all intellectual property.

I handle both transactional matters as well as dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration, and litigation in both state and federal courts.
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5.0
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out of 6 reviews
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"Great work, once again."

Alienware Sales Proposal
Posted on Jul 15, 2015
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"Micheal has been such a pleasure to work with. He has made me feel completely safe and supported in the process with timely turnaround. I highly recommend this lawyer."

Review Commercial Contract
Posted on Jul 4, 2015
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"Michael is excellent counsel, a consummate professional. We are pleased to be working with him."

Manufacturing Agreement
Posted on Jul 1, 2015
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"Quick turn around. Answered all my questions. Would definitely recommend."

Equity Compensation Services
Posted on Jun 5, 2015
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"Michael is an excellent and knowledgeable business attorney. Highly recommended!"

Personal Protection for Startup Founder
Posted on Jun 2, 2015
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"I have worked with Michael several times in the past on different business ventures and his work ethic, attention to detail, and legal advice are unparalleled. Whether it was a little question, or a major business concern, Michael was always there with timely and effective legal counsel. I would recommend Michael to anyone without hesitation."


Posted on Apr 1, 2015

Work History

Law Office of Michael J. Smith, PLLC

Owner

Nov 2012 - Jun 2015

Representing small businesses from entity selection and formation, contract negotiations, trademark and IP assistance and procurement, commercial real estate transactions including lease negotiations, purchase/sale of real estate, easements, development, and construction. I handle both complex business transactions as well as dispute resolution with experience in both arbitration and litigation.

Nov 2012 - Jun 2015

F&B LLP

Partner

May 2010 - Oct 2012

Handled patent litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants with clients ranging from sole inventors up to Fortune 100 companies. Extensive experience in all aspects of litigation including discovery, fact and expert depositions, motions practice and trial.

May 2010 - Oct 2012

Law Office of Michael J. Smith, PLLC

Owner

Jul 2008 - Apr 2010

Representing small businesses from entity selection and formation, contract negotiations, trademark and IP assistance and procurement, commercial real estate transactions including lease negotiations, purchase/sale of real estate, easements, development, and construction. I handle both complex business transactions as well as dispute resolution with experience in both arbitration and litigation. -

Jul 2008 - Apr 2010

Vinson & Elkins

Associate

Sep 2002 - May 2008

Primarily handled patent litigation cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, many as second chair or lead associate, managing all aspects of the case including all aspects of litigation including discovery, fact and expert depositions, motions practice and trial. Also worked with other firm sections including corporate and employment handling IP due diligence and employment contracts.

Sep 2002 - May 2008

Dallas District Attorney

Lawyer on Loan

Mar 2007 - May 2007

While at V&E, I was on loan to the misdemeanor division of the Dallas District Attorney where tried over a dozen cases to juries on misdemeanor criminal cases including DWI, drug charges, prostitution, and theft.

Mar 2007 - May 2007

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