DALLAS/LOS ANGELES – Munck Wilson Mandala, a leading tech-focused law firm headquartered in Dallas, is joining forces with respected Los Angeles-based intellectual property and entertainment boutique The Hecker Law Group to create a full-service powerhouse serving businesses in three of the fastest growing tech economies in the U.S. – Austin, Dallas, and Los Angeles.
The addition of Gary Hecker and his team expands MWM’s registered patent attorney roster to nearly 40 and gives the firm almost 70 lawyers firmwide. It also extends the firm’s services in entertainment, intellectual property, technology, corporate and securities law, M&A, labor and employment, health care, and commercial and complex litigation.
Led by Hecker as managing partner of the new Los Angeles office, the merger provides MWM with an established West Coast presence and office near Silicon Beach – the nation’s third largest tech hub.
“We were extremely impressed with Gary’s reputation and track record in intellectual property, technology, complex litigation and entertainment,” said MWM’s managing partner William A. Munck. “We saw a natural opportunity in the combination with Gary’s firm to expand into Southern California.”
“Our firms really complement each other,” said Hecker about joining with the MWM team. “MWM has an excellent technology-focused practice. They have great depth in patent law. They also have outstanding corporate, employment, and litigation practice groups that we can now offer to our clients. Combining our firms gives us outstanding advantages geographically and in the scope of legal services we can now provide.”
In 2018, the Dallas Business Journal listed MWM as the second-largest patent law firm in North Texas. Established in the late ‘90s, MWM’s growth has been driven by its focus on legal services needed by technology companies and entrepreneurs. That focus paid off for MWM as North Texas has grown into a prosperous location for technology companies and for companies looking to bolster their businesses through corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Hecker brings more than three decades of legal experience in intellectual property, complex litigation of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and rights of publicity, C-suite counseling, and IP licensing. His clients have included many leading technology and entertainment companies, industry luminaries and Fortune 500 companies, such as Apple, Pixar, Visa, ADP, Mark Burnett Productions, Barefoot Sound, The Women’s Conference, Young Hollywood, USC, and TowerJazz Semiconductor.
The Hecker Law Group team joining MWM includes associate attorney J.D. Sadighi, senior associate Chase Covello, and of counsel James Slominski. Sadighi holds a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in computer science from Western New Mexico State College. Covello holds a J.D. from Boston University and an M.S. in computer science and programming languages from UCLA. Slominski holds a J.D. from Arizona State University and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from San Diego State University. Covello and Slominski are also registered patent attorneys.
Munck Wilson Mandala is a technology-focused law firm with offices in Dallas, Austin and Marshall, Texas, and Los Angeles, California. The firm offers full-service counsel in the areas of intellectual property litigation, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property portfolio development, corporate transactions and securities, and employment law. Munck Wilson Mandala represents clients from startups to Fortune 50 companies. Learn more about the firm at http://www.munckwilson.com.