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Mini Kapoor, Ph. D.

Mini Kapoor, Ph. D.

Associate

Expertise

  • Chemical
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Litigation

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Mini Kapoor has wide-ranging litigation experience in commercial, labor and employment, and intellectual property matters. Her commercial litigation experience includes toxic torts, environmental, energy, and product and premises liability matters. Her labor and employment experience includes handling OSHA matters in multiple states, and breach of employment agreements. Mini’s intellectual property experience includes patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets litigation matters.

As an OSHA litigator, Mini has appeared in several states handling OSHA matters, including in Texas, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan. Mini has experience with both federal and State OSHA programs. Mini has also successfully defended clients in OSHA administrative trials including recent matters involving PPE, powered industrial trucks, injury reporting, document production, machine-guarding and accident-related matters.

A registered lawyer at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Mini has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Prior to her legal career, she was a faculty member at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she received federally-funded grants to conduct research in cancer genetics. Mini has served on federal grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. She has also served as a reviewer on technology grants at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Houston.

Mini is a prolific writer who has published on both legal and scientific topics. Among other notable journals, her articles have appeared in the Houston Law Review and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Mini has presented on multiple OSHA and intellectual property topics to inventor and entrepreneur societies as well as retail industry groups. She has presented at the Texas Life Science Forum and the State Bar of Texas Patent and Trademarks Workshop. On behalf of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, she organized and hosted the Houston World Intellectual Property Day in April 2017 which featured Sarah Harris, the General Counsel of the USPTO, as the keynote speaker. The World Intellectual Property Day focuses on creating awareness regarding protecting intellectual property and related issues.

Mini has frequently presented to diverse student organizations at the University of Houston and represented the firm at the Georgetown Law School Diversity Gala. She is an active member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a national diversity organization.

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2012; U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas;

Education

J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2012, with honors; Associate Editor, Houston Law Review
Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Kansas Medical Center, 1995
M.Sc., Biosciences, University of Roorkee, Roorkee, India, 1990
B.Sc., KLDAV College, Meerut University, Roorkee, India, 1988
Areas of Practice

Chemical | Environmental Litigation | Intellectual Property Litigation | Litigation | Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and Workplace Disasters | Products Liability Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Occupational Safety & Health v. Walmart Stores, Inc., 2019, Utah OSHA: Represented Walmart at the OSHA trial in this matter and secured dismissal of critical citations.

Labor Comm’r v. Walmart Distribution Ctr., 2018, Iowa OSHA: Represented Walmart at the OSHA trial in this matter and secured dismissal of the citation.
Labor Comm’r v. Interline Brands, Inc., 2018, California OSHA: Represented Home Depot at the OSHA trial in this matter and secured dismissal of the citations.
Blagman v. AT&T, Inc., 2017, Harris County, Texas: Represented AT&T in this premises liability lawsuit and defeated all claims against AT&T at summary judgment stage.
Universal Truckload, Inc. v. Dalton Logistics, Inc., 2017, US for the Southern District of Texas: Represented Hess Corporation, a global energy company in this commercial dispute regarding a transportation agreement defeated all claims against Hess at summary judgment stage.
Henderson v. NFL, 2017, US District Court for the Southern District of Texas: Represented the NFL in this copyright infringement lawsuit that resulted in dismissal of all claims against the NFL.
Represented a large manufacturer of educational products for children in a trademark infringement lawsuit in 2017 and obtained a favorable settlement.
Ambrose v. Kelly et al., 2016, Galveston County, Texas: Represented AT&T in two premises liability lawsuits and defeated all asserted claims against AT&T at summary judgment stage.
Represented a corporate clothing company in a trade secrets lawsuit in 2016 and obtained a favorable resolution.
Represented a chemical company in a toxic tort lawsuit in 2015 by more than 50 plaintiffs and obtained a favorable resolution.
Represented a pro bono client in a breach of services contract action in 2015 and obtained a favorable settlement.
Represented a large corporate client in analysis of environmental and legal issues arising from EPA enforcement action, including pre-enforcement review of administrative orders, costs of different strategic options and strengths of various defenses, and review and analysis of documents for responding to EPA enforcement action in 2014.
Represented a manufacturer of petrochemicals in a trade secrets lawsuit in 2013 and obtained a permanent injunction and a favorable settlement.
Represented a large petrochemical company in a breach of warranty and contract dispute in 2013 involving defective lifeboats and obtained a favorable settlement.
Represented City of Houston as a volunteer prosecutor and tried misdemeanor jury trials in 2012.
Articles

Practical Strategies to Limit Premises Liability Claims Involving COVID-19
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2020

Businesses that open their doors to customers, guests, and other visitors during the pandemic must be vigilant, not only to keep their premises safe to those who enter, but also to avoid lawsuits by individuals who claim they contracted COVID-19 on business premises...

OSHA Reminds Employers to Continue Assessing Employee Safety Regarding COVID-19 Hazards, While Also Not Neglecting Common Workplace Hazards
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2020

As employers continue to implement and maintain the current health and safety guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, they should also be mindful not to forget their other safety obligations. On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a News Release specifically reminding employers that workers need to be protected from both coronavirus and common workplace hazards...

COVID-19 and OSHA: Why Employers May See More Inspection Activity and More Injuries and Illnesses Being Recorded as Work-Related
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

On May 19, 2020, OSHA issued two revised enforcement policies with respect to in-person workplace inspections, and an employer’s obligation to record occupational injuries and illnesses, specifically cases of COVID-19. As phased re-openings of businesses are occurring throughout the United States, OSHA explained that it revised its policies to ensure that employers are protecting the health and safety of their workers...

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