Natalie Arbaugh is a Principal in the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson and the firm's leader of the EMPOWER Women's Initiative. Ms. Arbaugh handles commercial and business cases for both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts throughout the country. She has extensive experience in pretrial and trial proceedings, including complex multi-party actions, as well as in appeals and arbitrations. Ms. Arbaugh’s substantial trial experience includes having tried dozens of cases, over 20 of which were either as lead counsel or second chair.
Ms. Arbaugh litigates a wide range of commercial and business cases and she has significant experience in the areas of:
- breach of contract and commercial torts
- qui tam/whistleblower litigation
- trademark and copyright infringement including counterfeiting
- trade-secret theft
- non-compete counseling and litigation
- wage and hour collective actions; and
- wrongful termination and discrimination
Following law school, Ms. Arbaugh served as a law clerk to the Honorable Deborah Hankinson of the Texas Supreme Court. As an associate at Fish & Richardson, Ms. Arbaugh served as a “Lawyer on Loan” to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, where she achieved approximately a 75% conviction rate.
Ms. Arbaugh has been chosen six times to appear on the Texas Rising Stars list by Texas Monthly Magazine, recognizing the top up-and-coming attorneys in Texas (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011).
- 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 Western District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Memberships and Affiliations
Leads the firm's EMPOWER Women's Initiative. EMPOWER was formalized in 2009 to provide expanded professional and business development opportunities, mentoring, training, and support to our female legal staff. This initiative also includes a working mothers' forum. EMPOWER--stands for Enrichment, Mentorship, Partnering, Opportunities, Wisdom, Excellence, and Responsibility.
Member: Board of directors, Texas General Counsel Forum (DFW Chapter) (2011,2012); Co-chair, Texas General Counsel Forum program committee (DFW Chapter) (2012); Dallas Bar Association Publications Committee, Co-Vice Chair (Member since 2009); American Bar Association; Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (chosen for DAYL Leadership Class 2003); The William "Mac" Taylor American Inn of Court (2003-2008).
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Lifetime Fellow.
INEOS Group Ltd. v. Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP; 312 S.W.3d 843 (Tex.App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2009).
Recipient, as Dallas Bar Association Committee member, of the 2010 State Bar of Texas Award for Best Series Article on substantive law: "Overtime Risks of Employees' Work Using Wireless Devices."
Beware of the Scratch of the Cat's Paw, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, June 2011 (author).
iPods Rock! Or Do They? Overtime Risks Arising Out of the Use of Wireless Gizmos, October 2009 HR Southwest Human Resources Conference and Exposition (author and co-speaker).
Overtime Risks From Non-Exempt Employees' Use of Wireless Devices to Work, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, November 2009 (author).
Arbitration: Is It Still A Good Idea for Employers?, October 2008 HR Southwest Human Resources Conference and Exposition (author and co-speaker).
Recent Trends and Developments in Trade Secret and Non-Compete Law, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Employment Rights & Responsibilities, March 2006 (co-author).
Trade Secrets, A State-by-State Survey (2d Ed.) 2005 Supp., American Bar Association of Labor & Employment Law (contributing editor).
Cybersmear: It's What the Internet Is For - Right?, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, 2005 Mid-winter Meeting (Key Biscayne, FL) (co-author).
Does the Federal Age Discrimination Statue Protect Younger Workers from Discrimination in Favor of Older Workers? Dallas Human Resources Management Association, Inc., May 2004 (co-author).
Should Employers Implement Policies on Cell Phone Use?, Employment Law Strategist, December 2004 (coauthor).
Wage and Hour Law, and Independent Contractors, National Business Institute, November 2003 (co-author).
Law360 Q&A with Fish's Natalie Arbaugh, (April 4, 2013).
"Act III Helps Women Thrive in Law Firm Environment," (June 19, 2012).
"Group offers support for women lawyers in Dallas," an article about Act III, a Dallas organization for which Natalie is involved (July 9, 2012).
J&J’s $158 Million Settlement With Texas Approved by Court
Fish & Richardson successfully represented whistleblower Allen Jones in his claims that Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen exaggerated the benefits of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal in order to dupe the Texas Medicaid Program. Following expert testimony elicited by Dallas Managing Principal Tom Melsheimer regarding Janssen’s concealment and manipulation of scientific data, the manufacturers agreed to a settlement that represents the largest Medicaid fraud recovery in Texas history. The record-breaking case was the subject of news coverage in The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Texas Tribune, and a variety of other U.S. and international media outlets.
University of Florida
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Marketing and Development Editor, SMU Law Review Association