Matthew J. Hawkinson



Matthew Hawkinson is a counsel in the Litigation/Controversy Department, and is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. He joined the firm in 2012.


Mr. Hawkinson’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on complex patent infringement disputes. He has represented clients in various industries, including consumer electronics, software, hardware, medical devices and communications. He has litigated patent infringement and trade secrets cases covering a wide range of technologies, such as telecommunications infrastructure, user interfaces, wireless paging and data access and online software.


  • Co-author, “Visualizing Pneumococcal Infections in the Lungs of Live Mice,” Infection and Immunity, p. 3350-3358, Vol. 69, No. 6 (May 2001)
  • Co-author, “Monitoring Bioluminescent Staphylococcus aureus Infections,” Infection and Immunity, p. 3594-3600, Vol. 68, No. 6 (June 2000)


Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hawkinson was an associate with Covington & Burling, LLP. While there, he handled all aspects of patent litigation including international arbitration.

Mr. Hawkinson worked as a research associate with Xenogen Corporation, where he conducted genetic engineering research for a biotechnology start-up that focused on the design of novel genetic engineering techniques to enable pathogenic bacteria to be tracked in animal models using bioluminescence.


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JD, Columbia Law School, 2006, Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

BA, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 1998

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