honors + affiliations
Selected for inclusion in the BTI Client Service All-Star Team 2010 following client nomination
Member, Patent Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Secretary, Texas General Counsel Forum (2006–2008)
Member, International Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Computer & Technology Section, Intellectual Property Law Section, and Litigation Section, State Bar of Texas
Member, Houston Bar Association
Member, Editorial Board, Houston Lawyer Magazine (1997–1999)
Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association
• Board of Directors (1996–1998)
• Chair, Membership Committee (1996–1998)
• Editor-in-Chief, Pocket Parts Newsletter (1996–1997)
• Chair, Internet Committee (1997)
Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States
Member, Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association
Listed, Texas Super Lawyers (2009–2011)
Listed, Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly (2012)
Listed, “Rising Star,” Texas Super Lawyers (2006–2007)
Recipient, Texas Tech Law School Best Article Award (2000)
First Place for Publication for Houston Young Lawyers Association’s “Pocket Parts” Newsletter (1996–1997)
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
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United States of America
Rick L. Rambo is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation and Intellectual Property Practices. Mr. Rambo focuses his practice on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation, representing U.S., Asian, and European clients as both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Rambo has represented clients in matters involving a variety of high-technology-related situations, including patent infringement, electronic discovery, computer hardware and software related matters, Internet law, and trade secrets.
Mr. Rambo has litigated intellectual property, commercial, and complex tort matters extensively in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels. In addition to high-technology matters, he also has represented clients with matters pertaining to maritime law, the energy and offshore drilling industry, and contracts, personal injury, commercial torts, products liability, Defense Base Act, and Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act claims.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Rambo was a litigation partner at a full-service international law firm.
Mr. Rambo is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association's Patent Committee, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association.
Mr. Rambo received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Tulane University Law School in 1994. While in law school, he won the National Craven Moot Court Competition (at which he also won the award for best brief), was notes and comments editor for the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, and was named to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Rambo received his M.B.A., summa cum laude, from Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business in 1994. Prior to obtaining his M.B.A., he was president of (and later a consultant to) a software business that he created and incorporated to develop and market real-time 3-D graphics-oriented navigational systems for ships. During this time, he also taught several software programming language courses and worked as a software engineer, coding large-scale engineering, accounting, and medical software projects. Mr. Rambo received his B.S. in computer science from the University of New Orleans. While attending the University of New Orleans, he won several software programming contests and was elected to be the local chapter president of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Mr. Rambo is admitted to practice in Texas, the District of Columbia, and Colorado and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Federal Circuits; and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas.
Note: This list includes engagements completed prior to joining Morgan Lewis.
Patent Litigation Cases
- Representing a diversified, global financial services institution in a multidefendant patent infringement action involving secure online banking technology.
- Represented a diversified financial services institution in a patent infringement action involving technology related to check writing point-of-sale processing equipment and systems. This case settled favorably.
- Represented two leading financial services institutions in a multidefendant patent infringement action involving secure online banking technology. This case settled favorably.
- Represented a diversified financial services institution in a patent infringement action involving technology related to the secure transfer of information online. This case settled favorably.
- Representing one of the world's leading personal computer manufacturers in a patent infringement suit involving personal computer and wireless technology.
- Represented one of the world’s leading personal computer manufacturers in a patent infringement suit involving personal computer architecture. This case settled favorably.
- Represented one of the world’s leading personal computer manufacturers in a patent infringement suit involving personal computer and modem technology. This case settled favorably.
- Represented one of the world’s leading personal computer manufacturers in multiple patent infringement suits involving personal computer and graphics technology. This case settled favorably.
- Represented the world’s leading supplier of DVD playback software in a patent infringement suit regarding the supply of DVD software to personal computer and laptop manufacturers. The case ultimately settled favorably for the client.
- Represented one of the top three worldwide personal computer manufacturers in a patent infringement suit involving numerous patents related to the architecture of personal computers. The case ultimately settled favorably for the client.
Commercial Litigation Cases
- Represented a global leader in high-technology products in a breach of warranty and 18 U.S.C. § 1030 class action suit involving allegations of faulty floppy disk controllers in their laptops. The case was settled during mediation.
- Represented a major law firm in a suit arising from allegations of unauthorized access and disclosure of information contained on websites. The case resulted in a dismissal.
- Represented a Canadian company and its newly formed subsidiary in a commercial suit regarding allegations of employee raiding and theft of trade secrets. The case was settled favorably for the client.
- Represented a Swedish pyrotechnic and flare company in a case alleging personal injury in the form of RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) Syndrome resulting from chemicals in a defective flare. The case was settled favorably for the client during jury trial.
- Represented a ship and its owners in a case alleging millions in damages to cargo under the COGSA (Carriage of Goods by Sea Act). The case settled for $1,000.
- Represented a major insurance company in the energy industry in a case that determined whether or not a $9 million insurance policy provided coverage for an explosion on an offshore drilling platform. The court found that the client did not owe coverage.
- Tulane University Law School, 1994, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
- Tulane University, 1994, M.B.A., Summa Cum Laude
- University of New Orleans, 1988, B.S. (Computer Science)