Thomas Hixson, OD
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Outside his private practice, Mr. Goyal has participated in pro bono efforts such as representing clients challenging telephone company marketing practices and writing updates to Matthew Bender’s California State Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law book series.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Hixson is an attorney working at Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office. Additionally, he was chair of the California State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section from 2009-10; writing numerous articles and chapters for their treatise of California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law treatise as part of this commitment.
Hixson High School, situated on the city’s northern edge, is accredited by the Southern Association of Secondary Schools. To alleviate overcrowding issues, an instructional wing was added in 1986 as a two-story teaching space.
Award-winning marching and concert bands at this school have performed internationally, while its theatre arts program has staged many memorable dramatic performances that delight students and audiences. Students receive a comprehensive education that equips them with critical thinking skills while developing global perspectives.
Hixson previously practiced civil litigation privately. His expertise includes federal intellectual property law and practice, antitrust regulation and energy regulations. Additionally, Hixson chaired the California State Bar Antitrust, Unfair Competition Law Section as well as contributing to their treatise.
He brings with him extensive business experience, having held positions such as accounting department at Valley Food Service and later serving as co-owner, CFO, president and general manager of Forestry suppliers Inc. Additionally, he held officer and director positions for Gulf South Medical Supply before it merged into First Choice Medical Supply.
Mike has volunteered with both Mississippi State Foundation and Bulldog Club. With more than two decades of sport and special event management experience – three with Texas Rangers Triple A affiliate and two at Oklahoma Events – Mike brings invaluable talent.
Achievement and Honors
This award honors a career public servant whose achievements stand out at both a national and international level, not only demonstrating high levels of professionalism but also contributing greatly to both their Department and Country.
Judge Daniel J. Phelan also served on the Board of Directors of AIDS Legal Referral Panel and chaired its California State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, in addition to providing annual updates for Matthew Bender’s “California State Civil Practice Guide.”
He was one of the founding members of Chattanooga Rotary Club and established Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which brings prominent artists onto campus to interact with students. Additionally, he enjoys hunting (he has taken two African safaris), woodworking and golf.
Thomas Hixson grew up outside Crossville, Tennessee where his family ran and owned and operated a grocery store which was open six days a week for 13 hours, providing an anchor point in their community. Thomas quickly took an interest in sports broadcasting as a teenager working at a country station covering high school football games and basketball tournaments for local coverage stations in Crossville.
He joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius as a partner in 2014, and currently specializes in computer software-related intellectual property disputes in federal court. In September 2018, he was appointed to fill Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James’ retirement vacancy on the United States District Court for Northern District of California – this appointment brought membership of both American Bar Association and San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association with him.
Hixson has made his mark as a pro bono attorney by representing clients in housing disputes before the San Francisco Superior Court and serving on the board of directors of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. Additionally, he chaired the California State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section.
He currently teaches as the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Frostburg State University and his most important priority is family. He and his wife are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Louisiana where they reside with six grandchildren: Addison C. “Trey” Hewitt III; Destiny Lynne Kasubaski; Hannah Leigh Hixson Carls; Kailey Nichole Hixson and Ryu Hewitt.