Susan E. Powley, Of Counsel

Susan focuses on intellectual property disputes and IP litigation, including patent, copyright, trademark and service mark, unfair competition, trade secrets, and related business disputes. She also advises clients in all areas of intellectual property protection and licensing, copyright procurement, copyright compliance, and contractual matters involving intellectual property, with an emphasis on copyright law. Susan has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of intellectual property litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels. She has worked on patent infringement cases involving a diverse scope of technologies, ranging from cellular telephone technology to pizza ovens. She also has represented clients in a variety of copyright infringement matters, including computer software, architectural works, literary works, musical works, visual art works, and useful articles, as well as matters involving trademark, service mark, and trade dress infringement; unfair competition; infringement of publicity rights; and theft of trade secrets. In law school, Susan was elected to the Order of the Coif and served on the editorial board of the Vanderbilt Law Review. During her undergraduate years, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1992
  • B.A., Stetson University, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Copyright Society of the USA
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Association, Life Patron Fellow

Special Honors

  • Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America┬«, 2013-2017
  • Texas' Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America┬«, 2013-2017
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation, Thomson Reuters
  • AV Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell