Munck Wilson Mandala unanimously elected three new partners. Alison Battiste, Sarah Lopano, and Jordan Strauss work in MWM’s Dallas office in the complex litigation/dispute resolution section. As part of the MWM team that earned the title of Litigation Department of the Year in 2020, these three attorneys demonstrated excellence in their legal practice and significantly contributed to the firm’s successful year.
Battiste has more than 13 years of experience working in commercial and high-stakes litigation. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in business, intellectual property, and technology related disputes. In 2020, she was elected to the board of Family Gateway, and she is a member of Leadership Dallas Class of 2021, the Dallas Regional Chamber’s flagship leadership program.
Battiste earned her BS in chemistry and MBA from the George Washington University and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Lopano has more than eight years of legal experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes. She is a graduate of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Lead YP program and stays active in firm events focused on diversity and inclusion and business development.
Lopano graduated magna cum laude with a B.B.A. in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, and she received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, graduating cum laude.
Strauss has over seven years of legal experience representing clients in commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes, including complex patent disputes. She has been involved in all phases of numerous patent infringement cases, including her role as the lead associate in a $10.1 million dollar infringement lawsuit.
Strauss graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in political science from Southern Methodist University, receiving the Ora Nixon Arnold Award in Outstanding Academic Achievement as the highest-ranking political science graduate. She received her J.D., graduating magna cum laude, from the SMU Dedman School of Law where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas.