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Danielle (DJ) Healey has been litigating complex cases in federal, state courts, and agencies, and handling licensing, antitrust, mediation and arbitration matters for over 34 years. She has focused on patent litigation and related antitrust and tort claims since 1994.

Ms. Healey has tried cases in the federal and state courts, International Trade Commission, International Chamber of Commerce (Arbitration), American Arbitration Association, NASD Arbitration Forum, and private arbitration. She has argued appeals in the Federal Circuit, Fifth Circuit and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Intermediate Courts of Appeals. Ms. Healey has been actively involved in planning and executing multi-jurisdictional strategies involving courts in the U.S. and Europe, and administrative agencies (including reviews in the USPTO, invalidity and declaratory judgment actions in Europe, and state regulatory matters). Ms. Healey has worked on patent and antitrust issues with the Federal Trade Commission, and has represented clients intellectual property related competition matters before the Federal Trade Commission, the European Union, and Texas state authorities.

Ms. Healey has been involved in negotiating patent licenses in the semiconductor and software industries, she has represented clients in dealing with obligations and licensing in standard-setting organizations, she has been general counsel to a standard-setting group, and she has litigated the substantive and anticompetitive effects of licenses in court, in arbitration, and in administrative agencies.

Ms. Healey has also been an active speaker and author on trade secret, patent extraterritorial liability, patent damages, IP related antitrust law, arbitration and mediation. She has been fortunate enough to have been recognized by industry polls and publications for her work.

Ms. Healey graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1985 with honors, and Brown University in 1982. Ms. Healey served as law clerk to the Honorable James DeAnda, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas, from 1985-1987.

Ms. Healey was one of the founders of the Houston IP Inn of Court, has been active in the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Committee, the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, and community projects where she lives in the Houston area. Prior to opening Fish & Richardson’s Houston Office, Ms. Healey was a partner in the patent litigation section of an international law firm, and previously was a partner in her own patent litigation boutique firm, as well as a national patent litigation boutique firm in Houston, Texas.


A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, Univ. of Houston, Law Center 2016
​Certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills

University of Texas Law School 1985
with honors

Brown University 1982


  • Texas 1985
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, The Honorable James DeAnda, 1985 - 1987

Memberships & Affiliations

​Houston Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Founding Member and Treasurer
LGBT Bar Association, Justice Council Member 2017-Present
Former Director of Eastern District of Texas Bar Association (two terms)
Chairman, Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Meeting 2006-2008
Chairman, Antitrust Committee, State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section, Antitrust Committee, 2004-2005
Member, ABA, AIPLA, Federal Circuit Bar Association, HBA, HIPLA
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Other Distinctions


Planning Committee and program co-chair, University of Texas Technology Law Conference (May 25, 2017).

Recent Rankings

Named a WIPR “Influential Woman in IP” (2019).

Recognized as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property (2013-2019).

Named to the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professional list (2016-2019).

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards (2019).

Recognized as a “Stand Out Lawyer” by Acritas (2018).

Recognized as a 2013 Top Rated – AV® Preeminent™ Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law.

Listed in “The World’s Leading Patent Litigators”, since 2011 by Intellectual Asset Management.

Ranked for Intellectual Property by Chambers Global, since 2008.

Listed in Best Lawyers in America, for Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, and Patent Law (2007-2020).

Texas Lawyer, 2002 and 2007 surveys, one of top five “Go To” Intellectual Property Lawyers in Texas (the only lawyers so ranked in both surveys).

Listed in Texas Super Lawyers, since 2002.

Recent Presentations and Publications since joining Fish & Richardson

“Protecting Your Trade Secrets in a Recession,” Corporate Counsel (September 30, 2019).

“Stop Trade Secret Trolls Before They Start: A New Theory of ‘Fair and Honest’ Misappropriation of Trade Secrets,” Fish Litigation Blog (August 26, 2019).

“2017 – 2018 Patent Law Update,” Panelist,  Lavender Law IP Workshop, (August 10, 2018 – New York City).

“Application of U.S. IP Law to Exports, Offshore, on the Outer-Continental Shelf, the High Seas and Overseas,” Co-speaker, 2nd Energy Industry Intellectual Property Law Conference (March 22, 2018 – Houston).

“Negotiation Ethics for In-House Counsel,” Co-speaker, Fish L.E.A.D. event (February 1, 2018 – Houston).

“ADR in IP,” Houston Intellectual Property Law Association’s 33rd Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law (October 6, 2017 – Galveston).

“Licensing Standard Essential Patents and Protecting IP Rights,” Strafford Webinar (November 21, 2017).

“Infringement Remedies,” UT Advanced Patent Law Institute (November 2, 2017).

“Global Patent Licensing and Enforcement, Including Patent Exhaustion and the Role of the Impression v. Lexmark Decision,” Patent Law in Global Perspective Seminar (October 20, 2017).

“Patent-Specific Arbitration Law in the United States – What You Need To Know,” Fish Litigation Blog (October 9, 2017).

“Lexmark Creates Problems for Licensors and Sellers of Patented Products,” Fish Litigation Blog (October 2, 2017).

Speaker and Author, 2017 Patent Antitrust Update, State Bar of Texas Advanced Patent Law Conference (July 20, 2017).

“Can Good Behavior Avoid Bad Consequences Under Halo,” State Bar of Texas Advances Patent Law Seminar (July 2016).

“Arbitration in Technology Law,” UT Advanced Technology Law Seminar (May 2016).

“Damages Update” and “Damages Roundtable,” UT Advanced Patent Law Seminar (November 2016).

“Recent Developments in Technology Law,” UT Law 28th Annual Technology Conference (May 22, 2015).

Intellectual Property in Electronics and Software: A Global Guide to Rights and Their Applications, (2013), contributor.

International Global Rights in Software: A Guide to Rights and Their Applications, (2013), contributor.

Injunctive Relief for Standard-Essential Patents, Fish INSIGHTS Webinar, November 2013.

State Bar of Texas, Advanced Patent Law Seminar, August 2013, co-author, Antitrust and IP update

State Bar of Texas, Annual Meeting Dallas, Texas, June 2013, Speaker on Injunctions in Patent Cases

Co-panelist with Prof. Richard Gilbert, Antitrust Enforcement in the Licensing and Technology Arenas, 26th Annual Technology Law Conference by the University of Texas School of Law, May 23, 2013.

Speaker, February 17, 2012, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal Symposium, University of Texas Law School, “Patent Value”

Co-panelist with Steve Susman and Chad Everingham, Impact of America Invents Act on Multi-Defendant Litigation, Intellectual Property Owners Webinar Series, November 8, 2011.

2011 Federal Circuit Bar Association-Eastern District of Texas Joint Bench Bar Conference, planning committee member and presented on Antitrust and Patents.

2011 University of Texas Advanced Patent Law Seminar, planning committee member and panelist on Patent Damages

2011 University of Houston-Houston Intellectual Property Law 27th Institute on Patent Law, Patent Damages presentation

Quoted in “The Roles of Lead and Local Counsel”, Texas Lawyer, October 24, 2011.

Quoted in “The time is now to begin adapting TTO operations under America Invents Act”, Technology Transfer Tactics, Vol. 5, No. 10, p. 149, October 28 2011.

2011, “Patent Reform:Plan now or pay later — patent law changes that impact your business,” Houston Business Journal, August 5, 2011

2011, Seminar Presentation and Paper, International Patenting and Enforcement: What Your Company Should Be Doing Now!, State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Seminar, July 15, 2011

2011, University of Texas Technology Law Conference, Maximizing Patent Value – Minimizing Cost: EU & IP & U, May 26, 2011

2011, Industry Standards in Patent Licensing and Litigation, BD Academy Webinar, April 15

2011, “Beware of ‘Guillotine Licenses’ for Patents with U.S. Companies,” China Intellectual Property, March-April, Issue 42

2011, “Are Reasonable Royalties An Equitable Remedy?” Texas Intellectual Property Journal 2011 Annual Symposium, February 18

2010, “Patent Math: Making Sure Your Strategies Add Up,” China IP Magazine, with Marc Stone, August 20 issue

Article, “Q&A: Often Abandoned, Patents Should Be Viewed as Assets,” Houston Business Journal, August 8, 2010

2010, “A Broken Spoke?,” The National Law Journal, May 31 issue

2010, “DO the Math: Overspending + Failing to Realize Patents’ Value = YOU Losing Money,” Corporate Counsel, with Marc Stone, May 20 issue

2010, “A New Checklist for Patent Damages,”Law360, April 19 issue

2010, “The UK’s Fast Lane For IP Enforcement” IP Law360, December 20 issue

Blog on Patent Business and Legal Strategies,, 2010

2010, Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference, Plano, Texas, Conference Planning Committee, & Moderator-Panelist on Improving Efficiency in Patent Litigation

2010, University of Texas Advanced Patent Law Seminar, Austin, Texas, Conference Planning Committee, Speaker on Patent Pools and Standard-Setting: In re Princo.

2010, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Conference Planning Committee

2009, University of Texas Advanced Patent Law Seminar, Austin, Texas, Panelist on damages and presented paper on Lucent v Gateway, Planning Committee member

2009, Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference, Frisco, Texas, Moderator for Panel on Eastern District Practice with Judges Ward and Clark, Attorney participant panel with Eastern District Bench, Planning Committee member

2009, “The Texas Four Step,” Initial Disclosures in the Eastern District of Texas, IP Litigator magazine, September Issue

2009, AIPLA Spring Meeting, San Diego, California, Panelist with Chief Judge Michel of the Federal Circuit; initial disclosures

2009, AIPLA, Winter Meeting, Miami Florida, Panelist on Litigation Management

2009, Fish & Richardson, Houston, Texas, Panel on Litigation and IP Management and Trends

2008, Counsel Café, Palo Alto, California, Panelist on Global Patent Litigation

2008, University of Texas Advanced Patent Law Seminar, Austin, Texas, Presentation on Antitrust and Patent Law Recent Developments, Planning Committee member

Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, Ms. Healey has spoken, participated as a panelist, and presented papers at multiple conferences each year since 1996, including for example, participating as a panelist on standard-setting and antitrust at the ABA Antitrust Section’s Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C., presenting on litigation of trade secret and patent claims at the University of California-Berkeley Advanced Patent Law Seminar in San Jose, California, on re-examination strategy in litigation at the George Mason University-University of Texas Advanced Patent Law Seminar at the USPTO, and on patent pools, standards, and unfair competition and antitrust, at State Bar of Texas Seminars. She has also done private seminars on patent damages and standard-setting for international corporations.


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“Healey stands out for her trial and arbitration experience and dual patent and unfair competition expertise.”

— Client testimonials, 2019 IAM Patent 1000

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