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Maria W. Boyce


Maria W. Boyce

Maria Wyckoff Boyce prosecutes and defends complex commercial and intellectual property cases in the energy and technology industries throughout the United States. In the last four years, she secured several eight- and 10-figure plaintiff and defense victories for her clients.

Maria has tried patent infringement cases to juries in Delaware and California, and has tried commercial, fraud, products liability, personal injury, and employment cases to Texas juries in state and federal court. She also handled several high-profile employee benefits cases.

She has been named a "Woman on the Move" by Texas Executive Women in 2016, one of Texas' "Top 50 Women Lawyers," and one of Houston's "50 Most Influential Women," and she is recognized in the Houston Business Journal's "Who's Who in Energy (2016 – 2017)." Her trial results have been recognized in The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, and Texas Lawyer.

Maria is proud that her U.S. Senators selected her to serve on the bipartisan committee that interviews federal judicial candidates for district court and Fifth Circuit vacancies in Texas. An active speaker about legal developments, she recently authored a chapter on expert witnesses in ALM's Texas Business Litigation (2016). She also serves on the boards of educational, arts, and religious organizations.

Representative Experience

Represented Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. in a jury verdict involving multimillion-dollar patent infringement claim.*

Represented Linn Energy, LLC in the arbitration of an environmental case involving multimillion-dollar breach of contract and fraud claims.*

Represented Sybase Inc. in a jury verdict involving multimillion-dollar commercial fraud claims.*

Obtained summary judgment for a closely held energy partnership sued for tort and contract claims arising from holdings valued at US$1.5bn.*

Represented Reliant Energy, Inc. in lawsuits and jury verdicts involving commercial, trade secrets misappropriation, and ERISA class action claims.*

Represented CenterPoint Energy in multiple jury verdicts involving commercial and personal injury claims.*

Represented Dell Inc. in a patent infringement trial in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.*

Represented BASF in lawsuits and jury verdicts involving commercial and employment claims.*

Represented Fair Isaac Corporation in a lawsuit involving commercial fraud claims.*

Represented a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer as co-national counsel for litigation involving a major pharmaceutical product.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., cum laude, Connecticut College, 1985


  • Alley Theatre, Board of Directors
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Great Commission Foundation, Chair
  • Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Night Court, Board of Directors
  • St. John's School, Board of Trustees

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Texas


Litigation - Securities

The Best Lawyers in America


Business Litigation

Texas Super Lawyers

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

How Investing in Conservation Efforts Saves Money and Staves Off Regulators in the Oil Patch

Houston Business Journal

Published Works


Texas Business Litigation 2016
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