Kendall J. Burr
Phone: (713) 337-8875
Fax: (713) 337-8851
Office Location: Houston
Kendall Burr zealously advocates for his clients and heads McDowell Hetherington LLP’s intellectual property practice. He represents his clients in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation disputes, prosecutes patents and trademarks, and advises his clients on how to protect their intellectual property rights. Kendall also litigates many other types of commercial disputes in a variety of industries, including financial services, life insurance and annuity products, health insurance, real estate, energy, sports and entertainment, brand licensing, and other business disputes.
Kendall works closely with his clients to ensure that their cases are being pursued in the most efficient, effective, and economical manner possible. He knows how critical it is to constantly re-evaluate case strategies and re-assess risks and leverage, so that his clients always know their options and can capably direct efforts towards the most productive outcome. Kendall also loves writing, an essential skill for a litigator, and thoroughly enjoys both the intellectual and practical aspects of the practice of law.
Regularly litigating in numerous state and federal trial and appellate courts nationwide, Kendall also practices before the United States Patent and Trademark Office to service his clients’ patent prosecution needs. An alumnus of Columbia Law School, Kendall previously worked at large national firms in New York and Houston and in the National Hockey League’s legal department. Kendall also represented author J. K. Rowling in a highly publicized bench trial, winning a copyright infringement decision against the publisher of an unauthorized dictionary based on her Harry Potter books.
Fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese, Kendall served a two-year mission in Portugal, volunteered for two summers in Mozambique, and clerked for the U.S. Army JAG Corps. He is an Eagle Scout and is the Scoutmaster of a local troop. An avid runner, he has completed marathons, sprint triathlons, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Along with his wife and three children, he organizes regular fundraising events for spina bifida and other causes.
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
“Stranger-Initiated Annuity Transactions and the Case for Insurable Interest” Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2012).
“Making Sense of New York’s Corporate Opportunity Doctrine,” New York State Bar Journal, Vol. 80, No. 10 (2008) (cover article, with Jonathan Rosenberg).
“The Evolution of the International Law of Alienability: The 1997 Land Law of Mozambique as a Case Study,” Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 43, No. 3 (2005).