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Natalie Cooley focuses her practice on written advocacy, with a specific focus on intellectual property, appellate, and commercial litigation matters. Natalie has litigated appeals before the Federal and Fifth Circuits, as well as the Texas Supreme Court. Her patent litigation experience includes matters involving semiconductor and cellular telephone technologies.

Prior to joining Thompson & Knight as a trial attorney, Natalie clerked for the Honorable Catharina Haynes on the Fifth Circuit. She left the firm for two years to pursue nonprofit work, overseeing fundraising and marketing communications at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Natalie returned to Thompson & Knight’s Intellectual Property group, where she represents clients in patent infringement and commercial disputes before federal district and appellate courts. She partners with the Human Rights Initiative to provide pro bono representation to refugees seeking asylum in the United States.

Received a top national ranking for Intellectual Property Litigation in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2019

Named among the top firms in Texas for Intellectual Property in Chambers USA 2019 by Chambers and Partners

Recognized in the 2018 IAM Patent 1000 rankings among the top firms in Texas

Prior Employment

  • Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Communications/Fundraising, 2015-2016
  • Trial Associate, Thompson & Knight LLP, 2013-2014
  • Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Catharina Haynes, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2012-2013
  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Reed O’Connor, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2010

Honors & Affiliations


  • One to Watch, The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Law), 2021


  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL)
  • Board of Directors, The Educator Collective, 2016-2018

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 2012, magna cum laude, SMU Dedman School of Law; Editor in Chief, SMU Law Review Association ; Order of the Coif; Hatton W. Sumners Scholar
  • B.A., 2007, summa cum laude, University of Richmond; National Merit Scholar


  • Texas
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Texas

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