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Melanie Cogburn

Of Counsel

Melanie Cogburn is Of Counsel at JT Morris Law, where she focuses on trademark and copyright litigation, and also assists the firm with its First Amendment and speech defense litigation efforts.

Melanie has 22 years of experience as an attorney, with 19 years  devoted to commercial litigation in state and federal courts.  She has a wide range of experience in intellectual property and business litigation. She got her start as the first staff attorney for the Honorable Judge John Dietz of the 250th District Court for Travis County. Melanie then spent seven years with an Austin litigation boutique specializing in both small and large business disputes.  She was a member of the trial team in Teleplus, Inc. v. Avantel, a case that resulted in a jury verdict over 19 million dollars, and was responsible for key dispositive briefing and motion practice before the trial court and Fifth Circuit.  Following that, she was counsel with two well-respected Austin firms, where she maintained a busy litigation docket in IP litigation, general business and real estate litigation, and bankruptcy matters. She also regularly advised start-ups on risk management and early dispute resolution, and assisted in corporate and securities work.

Melanie’s representative experience includes:

  • Achieving a favorable settlement as lead counsel defending an Austin-based business against claims of trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement brought in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
  • Obtaining a key summary judgment ruling as lead counsel defending adult content publisher against copyright infringement and related claims when a photographer’s work was stolen and used in an advertisement placed by a third party in his magazine. The case ended in a favorable settlement as result.
  • Serving a co-counsel on a trial team in the Travis County District Court that successfully defended a commercial landlord against claims of fraud, breach of contract and breach of warranty asserted by a tenant who illegally converted restaurant into bar, and obtaining a million-dollar plus verdict on the client’s counterclaim. The verdict was affirmed on appeal.

In her spare time Melanie enjoys a number of creative pursuits, with a recent focus on product design in home goods.  This pursuit has led to knowledge of areas of prototype development, sourcing from China, and patent prosecution from the perspective of an inventor.

A.B (with honors), Smith College, 1992

J.D. (with honors), University of Texas School of Law,  1996.

State Bar Admissions:

  • Texas

Federal Court Admissions:

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Certified Mediator, Texas Public Policy Dispute Resolution Center (2006)

Certified Family Law Mediator (2012)

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Melanie Cogburn

Of Counsel

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Melanie Cogburn is Of Counsel at JT Morris Law, where she focuses on trademark and copyright litigation, and also assists the firm with its First Amendment and speech defense litigation efforts.

Melanie has 22 years of experience as an attorney, with 19 years  devoted to commercial litigation in state and federal courts.  She has a wide range of experience in intellectual property and business litigation. She got her start as the first staff attorney for the Honorable Judge John Dietz of the 250th District Court for Travis County. Melanie then spent seven years with an Austin litigation boutique specializing in both small and large business disputes.  She was a member of the trial team in Teleplus, Inc. v. Avantel, a case that resulted in a jury verdict over 19 million dollars, and was responsible for key dispositive briefing and motion practice before the trial court and Fifth Circuit.  Following that, she was counsel with two well-respected Austin firms, where she maintained a busy litigation docket in IP litigation, general business and real estate litigation, and bankruptcy matters. She also regularly advised start-ups on risk management and early dispute resolution, and assisted in corporate and securities work.

Melanie’s representative experience includes:

  • Achieving a favorable settlement as lead counsel defending an Austin-based business against claims of trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement brought in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
  • Obtaining a key summary judgment ruling as lead counsel defending adult content publisher against copyright infringement and related claims when a photographer’s work was stolen and used in an advertisement placed by a third party in his magazine. The case ended in a favorable settlement as result.
  • Serving a co-counsel on a trial team in the Travis County District Court that successfully defended a commercial landlord against claims of fraud, breach of contract and breach of warranty asserted by a tenant who illegally converted restaurant into bar, and obtaining a million-dollar plus verdict on the client’s counterclaim. The verdict was affirmed on appeal.

In her spare time Melanie enjoys a number of creative pursuits, with a recent focus on product design in home goods.  This pursuit has led to knowledge of areas of prototype development, sourcing from China, and patent prosecution from the perspective of an inventor.

A.B (with honors), Smith College, 1992

J.D. (with honors), University of Texas School of Law,  1996.

State Bar Admissions:

  • Texas

Federal Court Admissions:

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Certified Mediator, Texas Public Policy Dispute Resolution Center (2006)

Certified Family Law Mediator (2012)

JT Morris Law focuses on providing trial and appellate representation along with  strategic counseling in First Amendment law,  digital media and internet law; intellectual property law, including copyright, trademark, and patent matters; and issues at the junction of technology and individual liberties.