Randall Colson is the head of Haynes and Boone's Technology Transactions and Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Groups. Leveraging his industry experience as a hardware and software designer, Randy has extensive experience counseling clients with a myriad of technology and intellectual property-related transactions, including information technology and business process outsourcing, software development and licensing, SaaS, intellectual property acquisitions and dispositions, cloud computing, hosting, joint development, distribution, consulting, naming rights and e-commerce transactions. Uniquely, Randy has represented both providers and customers of these services.
Randy has in-depth knowledge of the fast-paced, continually evolving technology industry, and understands the pressures many businesses face in today's environment. He provides a strategic approach to helping clients achieve their business objectives.
Randy also provides counseling, internationally and domestically, on the use and procurement of patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as intellectual property issues and due diligence related to corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate securities transactions. He has represented internet companies in co-branding, content licensing and technology service agreements, as well as technology companies in joint venture and co-marketing transactions. Additionally, he has experience in advertising and brand management matters, as well as sweepstakes and promotional law issues.
Prior to law school, Randy worked as an electrical engineer designing computer hardware and software for Data General Corporation. In addition to his law degree, Randy holds a B.S.E.E. in electrical engineering and a B.A.
Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners has recognized Randy as a leading lawyer in Information Technology and Outsourcing in Texas from 2008-2013 and from 2015-2019. He is recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, in Information Technology/Outsourcing, Intellectual Property and Mergers and Acquisitions, 2011-2013. Randy was also recognized in The Best Lawyers of America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Technology Law, 2013-2019, and Privacy and Data Security Law, 2016-2019. Randy was recognized as Technology Transactions Lawyer of the Year in Texas - 2018, by Corporate INTL, JRS Corporate Limited, in the 2018 Corporate Intl Global Awards. Randy was listed in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners, Globe White Page Ltd., 2018-2019. Randy was listed in "Best Lawyers in Dallas," D Magazine, D Magazine Partners, 2017-2019. In October 2013, Randy was named as one of the Top Attorneys in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine, Emmis Publishing, L.P.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
EducationJ.D., Northwestern University, 1991, Articles Editor, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business
B.S.E.E., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986 cum laude
B.A., Wheaton College, 1986 cum laude
Significant AccomplishmentsCloud computing, SaaS, and ASP agreement negotiations.
Internet, e-commerce and domain names.
Complex software development, licensing, maintenance, ASP and hosting transactions.
The development of standard intellectual property related agreements and policies in connection with the formation of technology companies.
The perfection of security interests for intellectual property in connection with various financing transactions, and enforcement of the security interests following bankruptcy.
Privilege review of intellectual property related documents in connection with a Department of Justice secondary review for, at the time, the largest merger in U.S. corporate history.