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Maria Wyckoff Boyce

Partner
Houston

Maria Wyckoff 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 five years, she has secured several eight- and 10-figure plaintiff and defense victories for her clients.

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, 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 is 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. An active speaker about legal developments in the areas of intellectual property damages, trends in energy litigation, and expert witnesses, she recently authored a chapter on expert witnesses in ALM's Texas Business Litigation (2017) and is a featured speaker at the 2017 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 serve on the boards of educational, arts, and religious organizations.

Within Hogan Lovells, Maria is a member of the Global Leadership Team of the firm's Litigation, Arbitration and Employment practice. She also leads the Oil, Gas, and LNG Sector of Hogan Lovells' Global Energy and Natural Resources Group.

Representative experience

Represented Tech Pharmacy Services, LLC in a jury verdict involving multimillion-dollar breach of contract claim.

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

Education

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

Memberships

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

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Texas

2005-2017

Litigation - Securities

The Best Lawyers in America

2005-2016

Business Litigation

Texas Super Lawyers

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Experts

Texas Business Litigation (ALM 2017)

Published Works

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

Houston Business Journal
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