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Joel L. Thollander

Austin Office
Austin Office

300 W. 6th Street
Suite 1700
Austin, TX 78701
TEL: 512.692.8735 FAX: 512.692.8744

Joel L. Thollander is a Principal in the Austin office of McKool Smith whose practice focuses on appeals and motions in complex cases. Mr. Thollander rejoined the firm in September 2006 after serving two years in the Attorney General of Texas’ Office of the Solicitor General.

From 2001-2002, Mr. Thollander was Clerk to the Honorable Craig T. Enoch of the Texas Supreme Court.

Since returning to the firm, Mr. Thollander has continued to develop a substantial appellate practice covering full appeals following trial or summary judgment in the district court, mandamus appeals, appeals from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and amicus representation. Mr. Thollander has offered oral argument in numerous appeals, including appeals in the Federal Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Texas Courts of Appeals.

Representative Matters

Mr. Thollander has handled and assisted with many significant appellate matters, including:

In the U.S. Supreme Court

  • Van Orden v. Perry (First Amendment)
  • LULAC v. Perry (Redistricting)
  • Versata v. SAP (Patent)
  • Halo v. Pulse (Ericsson Amicus)

In the Federal Circuit

  • i4i v. Microsoft (Patent)
  • Katz v. American Airlines (Patent)
  • Versata v. SAP (Patent)
  • N-Data v. Intel (Patent)
  • Suffolk v. Google (Patent)
  • Summit 6 v. Samsung (Patent)
  • Deere v. Alamo (Patent)
  • PersonalWeb v. EMC (Patent)
  • Rovi v. PMC (Patent)
  • FST v. Oracle (Mandamus)
  • Eolas v. Adobe (Mandamus)
  • Rockstar v. Google (Mandamus)
  • Apple v. Motorola (Ericsson Amicus)
  • Apple v. Samsung (Ericsson Amicus)
  • Cisco v. CSIRO (Ericsson Amicus)

In the Fifth Circuit

  • Golden Bridge v. Ericsson (Antitrust)
  • Staley v. Harris County (First Amendment)

In the Texas Supreme Court

  • Sonat v. Cudd (Choice of Law, Oilfield Indemnity)
  • State v. Oakley (Ch. 103 Compensation)
  • Chudej v. State (Right to Appeal, Due Process)

Awards & Recognition

  • Named a Texas “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers
  • As an Assistant Solicitor General, Mr. Thollander received the Best Brief Award from the National Association of Attorneys General for excellence in brief writing in the U.S. Supreme Court