Maria Wyckoff Boyce

Maria Wyckoff Boyce

Partner
Houston

Email maria.boyce@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 713 632 1410

Fax +1 713 632 1401

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

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 five years, she has secured several plaintiff and defense victories for her clients in cases involving damages of eight and 10 figures.

Maria has tried patent infringement cases to juries in Delaware, California, and Texas, and she has tried fraud, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, products liability, personal injury, and employment cases to Texas juries in state and federal court. Maria also has handled several high-profile employee benefits cases. Her trial results have been highlighted in The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, Law360, and Texas Lawyer.

Maria is an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). She has been named a "Woman on the Move" by Texas Executive Women, a "Premier Woman in the Law" by the Association of Women Attorneys, one of Texas' "Top 50 Women Lawyers," one of Houston's "50 Most Influential Women," and one of the "25 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas." Maria was also recognized in the Houston Business Journal's "Who's Who in Energy-Legal (2016–2017)."

Maria is proud that her United States senators have selected her to serve on the bipartisan committee that interviews federal judicial candidates for district court and Fifth Circuit vacancies in Texas. She was also appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel in 2018.

An active speaker about legal developments in the areas of intellectual property damages, trends in energy litigation, and expert witnesses, Maria recently authored a chapter on expert witnesses in ALM's Texas Business Litigation (2019) and an article about expert communications and reports in the State Bar of Texas' The Advocate. She was a featured speaker at the 2018 Women in Energy Leadership Initiative and the Advanced Civil Trial Law Course of the State Bar of Texas. She has spoken at the National Association of Women Judges annual conference and the Harris County Civil Judges annual conference. Maria is honored to have served on the board of directors and board of trustees of several educational, arts, and religious organizations.

Within Hogan Lovells, Maria leads the Oil, Gas, and LNG Sector of the Hogan Lovells global Energy and Natural Resources group and has served as a member of the global leadership team of the firm's Litigation, Arbitration and Employment practice.

Awards and recognitions

2018-2020

Dispute Resolution: General Commercial Disputes
Legal 500 US

2018-2020

Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas
Legal 500 US

2005-2020

Business Litigation
Texas Super Lawyers

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1988

B.A., Connecticut College, cum laude, 1985

Memberships

Alley Theatre, former Director

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member

Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, former Director

Connecticut College, Trustee

Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Great Commission Foundation, Chair

Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Diocesan Investment Committee, Member

Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Constitution and Canons Committee, Chair

Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Bishop Quin Foundation, former Board Member

Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Texas Chapter, former President and Board Member

Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, Member

International Association of Defense Counsel, Member

Leadership Texas (2005)

Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel (2018), Member

Night Court, Board of Directors

St. John’s School, former Trustee

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, former Vestry Member

United Way of Greater Houston Law Firm Initiative, former Co-Chair

Women in Law Empowerment Forum, Houston Chapter, Board of Directors

Bar admissions and qualifications

Texas

Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

U.S. Supreme Court

Representative experience

Represented Tech Pharmacy Services, LLC in a jury verdict involving multimillion-dollar breach of contract claim, affirmed on appeal by the Federal Circuit.

Obtained dismissal of complex fraud, RICO, and antitrust case for a major health care provider, affirmed on appeal by the Fifth Circuit.

Represented pipeline company in multimillion-dollar commercial dispute involving midstream assets.

Represent Radio Free Asia in complex federal court tort case.

Represent an investment bank in securities dispute arising from sale of notes secured by deepwater drill ship

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, affirmed on appeal.*

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.

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