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Meredith Elkins is an associate in the Dallas office of McKool Smith. She focuses her practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation. After joining the firm, Meredith served on secondment at Ericsson, coordinating discovery efforts for multiple patent infringement actions.

While attending law school, Meredith was an editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, a student lawyer for the Children’s Rights Clinic, and a judicial intern for the Honorable Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas. She was named Best Oral Advocate in the Championship Round at the 2012 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court competition. In 2013, Meredith was inducted into the University of Texas chapter of the Order of Barristers. She was also a member of the University of Southern California Mock Trial Team as an undergraduate. 

Experience

Representative Matters

  • TIAA-CREF v. Illinois National Insurance Company, et al. Won a substantial verdict in a Wilmington, Delaware, jury trial against several insurers that denied coverage for TIAA-CREF following class actions resulting from TIAA-CREF’s software implementation effort.  The verdict was returned in December 2016 and the judgment is pending.

  • Halliburton Energy Services Inc. Representing Halliburton as a defendant in a suit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and patent infringement relating to downhole gas separation technology.

  • Ericsson Inc. Represented Ericsson in multiple patent infringement actions involving wireless products in the Eastern District of Texas and in the ITC.
  • Canyon Ridge Resort LLC et al. v. Sterne Agee & Leach Inc. et al. Representing a hotel development firm against an investment bank for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.
  • Deere & Company v. Duroc LLC, Alamo Group Inc., Bush Hog Inc., et al.  Represented Alamo Group Inc. and Bush Hog Inc. in defense of a patent infringement claim brought by Deere & Company in Iowa federal court. After a trial of approximately three weeks, the jury returned a favorable verdict, finding no infringement and invalidating the patent at issue.

Affiliations

Community & Professional Activities

  • Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Junior League of Dallas

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Education

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2013

B.A., cum laude, Public Relations, University of Southern California, 2010

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
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