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Collin Hayes

Prior BigLaw and In-house Experience

  • Jackson Walker LLP

  • Nokia Inc.

  • Hyla Mobile, Inc.

Education

  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Juris Doctorate, May 1995

  • Summer Law Clerk, Texas Supreme Court, 1994

  • Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science, May 1992

Licenses

  • Admitted to practice in Texas, 1996

  • Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia (inactive), 1996

Practice Areas

My Story

Collin is a forward-thinking and highly accomplished attorney with a wide array of experience in domestic and international business law and transactions, including licensing, outsourcing, intellectual property rights management, cloud agreements, sales and distribution agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic alliances. As a result of his varied professional experience gained as in-house counsel, as an attorney in a large law firm practice, and with the federal government, Collin brings significant cross-functional experience to assist his clients in a collaborative and pragmatic problem-solving approach to their needs. Collin’s clients value his proven ability to apply his broad and diverse base of business and legal experiences, and practical judgment, to deliver real-world business solutions.

“Collin is an outstanding attorney with a broad skill set. He takes his time to better understand the business operations so he can provide legal input and advice that is aligned. He has the ability to work with all levels of the organization, as appropriate, and is responsive, clear and concise in his communication. He was a valued member of our Senior Leadership Team for a number of years and assisted in managing the Board of Directors as well as interacting with our largest customers on a regular basis.”


— Shad Spears, CFO, Hyla Mobile, Inc.

Collin was born in Southern California, and his family moved to Dallas when he was 9 years old. At age 14, he moved with his family moved to Monrovia, Liberia (West Africa) where they were missionaries with Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA), a non-profit and non-denominational Christian ministry. Collin completed 10th grade at a missionary boarding school in the neighboring country of Ivory Coast, and he completed 11th and 12th grades at the American International School (run by the US Embassy) in Monrovia, Liberia.

After high school, Collin’s family returned to Texas and he graduated from Texas Tech University (Wreck ‘em Tech) with a BS in Political Science in 1992. He graduated from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1995. Following graduation from law school, Collin moved to Washington, DC and joined the Federal Trade Commission as an antitrust enforcement attorney. While at the FTC, Collin conducted federal antitrust investigations in the health care industry, and managed cases involving price fixing, boycotts, and unlawful joint venture activity. Collin then returned to Dallas to join the law firm of Jackson Walker LLP in 1997, where he handled various litigation and corporate matters (primarily M&A and securities).

 

In 2002, Collin was recruited to take an in-house counsel position with Nokia, the global mobile phone giant (do you remember when Nokia’s global market share in the mobile phone market was over 40%?). While with Nokia, Collin negotiated multi-million-dollar mobile phone deals with US telecom operators, OEMs, and other industry players. He travelled extensively and concluded numerous deals internationally as the GC of Nokia’s enterprise security business unit, where he handled all product lifecycle legal matters relating to R&D, product manufacturing, marketing and advertising, sales and distribution, support and warranty claims, and end-of-life ramp down. In 2009, Collin was tasked to conclude a transaction that resulted in the divestment of his business unit to a strategic buyer.

A few months later, following back surgery to fix a herniated disc, Collin decided to launch his private law firm and immediately focused on providing the same types of services for his private clients that he provided in-house. From 2009 through 2021, Collin operated a successful law practice as a solo attorney, representing clients in a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, maps and navigation, home automation, and traditional brick and mortar retail and online retail. As outsourced General Counsel for a private-equity backed telecom business for the past several years, Collin is accustomed to serving in a trusted advisor role to growth businesses; participating in various corporate and Board governance activities, attending Board of Director meetings and preparing minutes and resolutions as appropriate; handling debt and equity financings; managing intellectual property portfolios and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts and transactions, including software licensing agreements, OEM and other complex technology and internet agreements, product sales and distribution agreements, buy-sell agreements, business alliance agreements, infrastructure technology agreements, e.g., cloud agreements, Software-as-a-Service agreements, Application Service Provider agreements, Managed services and outsourcing agreements, and IT consulting and complex technology development arrangements.

Collin met his wife, Adriane, when they were both first year law students (she is also a licensed Texas attorney). Collin and Adriane have three extraordinary children, Chanta’l, Aiden, and Athena, and two dogs, Leila and Lexi.

Collin is a cycling enthusiast, a golf pro in his mind, and enjoys travelling with his family.

Collin enjoys being involved in his community; he has served as a Commissioner on the City of Richardson Parks and Recreation Commission; he was an Adjunct Faculty member at Richland College in Richardson, where he taught Business Law and International Business Law courses; he is a graduate of Leadership Richardson and has served as an advisor to several subsequent classes; he has served as a director of his homeowner’s association and various local non-profit organizations, including the Friends of the Library in Richardson, the Network of Community Ministries in Richardson, and Neighborhood Youth & Family Counseling Center in Richardson.

Contact

I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.

469 405 1810

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