Lavonne Burke Hopkins

Associate

Houston
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Overview

Lavonne Hopkins represents clients across numerous industries on complex data privacy and cybersecurity matters. She regularly advises companies of all sizes on the creation, development and implementation of global privacy and security policies; cybersecurity and data privacy strategies; and end-user license agreements and terms of use. Her practice additionally focuses on commercial and technology transactions, in the context of intellectual property monetization, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, strategic licensing and investments. Lavonne also assists companies in performing due diligence in connection with the acquisition and divestiture of intellectual property assets and related entities, along with preparing, drafting and negotiating agreements relating to such transactions. She has significant experience negotiating outsourcing, software and information technology agreements as well as providing strategic guidance in the creation, acquisition, use, commercial exploitation and protection of intellectual property and technology for risk mitigation. A pragmatic advocate, Lavonne stays abreast of the ever-changing technology landscape and the cybersecurity and data privacy issues her clients face. 

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Energy and Chemicals
  • Represented an international petrochemical company in intellectual property due diligence related to its $8.4 billion acquisition of the world's largest supplier of oxo chemical products, with plants in Germany, the Netherlands and Texas.
Digital Media
  • Counseled a major sports league regarding intellectual property matters involving the use of open source software, data services, cloud-based services and other digital media technologies.
Technology
  • Counseled a provider of a prescription management software solution for compounding pharmacies regarding privacy and data use requirements for customers and partnership agreements.
Life Sciences
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in connection with the commercialization and licensing of third-party pharmaceutical technology.
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Experience

Energy and Chemicals
  • Represented an international petrochemical company in intellectual property due diligence related to its $8.4 billion acquisition of the world's largest supplier of oxo chemical products, with plants in Germany, the Netherlands and Texas.
  • Assisted a multinational oil and gas exploration and production company in the transfer and acquisition of all software and hardware related to the spin-off of its California oil and gas business into an independent and separately traded company.
  • Represented and counseled a corporate venturing subsidiary of a major oil company regarding intellectual property matters related to strategic investments in high-growth technology companies.
  • Lead associate in the evaluation of intellectual property assets and negotiations related to a private equity group's joint venture with an international petroleum manufacturer to own and operate the oldest continuously operating refinery on the U.S. East Coast.
  • Assisted in intellectual property due diligence and negotiations related to an international chemical company's $1.1 billion acquisition of several entities in Europe and the U.S.
  • Represented and counseled an international mining conglomerate in licensing of coal technology and the negotiation of plant construction and development agreements.
  • Assisted The Shaw Group in intellectual property efforts related to the $300 million sale of its worldwide energy and chemicals group to Technip S.A.
  • Advised one of the nation's largest investment banks regarding intellectual property matters in connection with the public offering of an international oil field tools company.
  • Assisted a private equity firm in evaluation of information technology needs related to transfer and acquisition of software and hardware necessary to operate recently acquired power plants.
Digital Media
  • Counseled a major sports league regarding intellectual property matters involving the use of open source software, data services, cloud-based services and other digital media technologies.
  • Counseled a major sports league regarding implementation of an information security program, including negotiation of agreements with vendors.
  • Counseled a digital media and animation company regarding intellectual property and trade secret protection, employment-related policies, and consulting agreements.
  • Represented a private equity investor in intellectual property matters related to the acquisition of a music label and associated intellectual property and a digital media portfolio.
  • Counseled a film production company regarding production, protection and distribution of a motion picture and related digital media rights.
Technology
  • Counseled a provider of a prescription management software solution for compounding pharmacies regarding privacy and data use requirements for customers and partnership agreements.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 telecommunications company and internet provider in a patent infringement lawsuit relating to template-based website design.
  • Counseled a software services company on various intellectual property matters, including terms of use, data privacy, cloud-based services, international distribution and strategic licensing.
  • Assisted SailPoint Technologies in the due diligence and coordination of all intellectual property efforts related to Thoma Bravo's significant equity investment in the company, an identity and access management provider.
  • Represented a semiconductor manufacturer in the negotiation of a multimillion-dollar master project and collaboration agreement and intellectual property license with the state of New York.
  • Assisted Austin Ventures in intellectual property efforts related to its acquisition of SAM, Inc., a surveying, mapping and geospatial solutions company.
  • Represented a major smartphone manufacturer in patent infringement litigation relating to push technology. Negotiated a low settlement before trial.
Life Sciences
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in connection with the commercialization and licensing of third-party pharmaceutical technology.
  • Assisted a local hospital system in intellectual property diligence efforts related to its $1 billion transfer to a nationally recognized healthcare system.
  • Represented physician-inventors in the negotiation of an exclusive license agreement with an international medical device company.
  • Evaluated intellectual property portfolios of drug-development companies for a potential acquisition by a pharmaceutical company.
  • Advised a biotechnology company regarding strategic intellectual property development and management.
  • Represented a master franchise operator in the negotiation of an international franchise agreement for 80 food establishments.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2017)
  • Houston Business Journal “People on the Move” (2017)
  • Texas Bar Foundation: Fellow (2016 to Present)
  • Houstonia Magazine: Top Lawyer (2016)
  • The National Black Attorney: Top 100 Lawyers (2015to 2017)
  • H-Texas Magazine: Houston Top Lawyer, Intellectual Property (2015 to 2016)
  • Houston Bar Association: Distinguished Faculty (2015)
  • Thompson Reuters Foundation TrustLaw Award (2014)
  • Talafery Media Group: Top 50 Black Attorneys in Houston (2014)

Memberships

  • College of the State Bar of Texas (2014 to 2017)
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Speakers Bureau Committee: Co-Chair (2015)
    • Professionalism Committee (2015)
    • Ambassador (2014)
    • Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee: Co-Chair (2013 to 2014)

Community

  • Camp for All: Board of Directors (2017)
  • The Rose: Board of Directors (2016 to 2017)
  • United Way of Greater Houston
    • Project Blueprint Class XXIV
  • The Downtown Group: Executive Director (2013 to 2014)
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture: Advisory Board (2012 to 2017)

Pro Bono

  • Counsels Houston-area start-ups on strategies for intellectual property protection and monetization. 
  • Serves as general counsel for the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

Prior Positions

  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2011; Houston Journal of International Law, Casenotes and Comments Editor
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2004
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Howard University, 2002