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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    • B.S., Arizona State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Michael focuses on high-stakes intellectual property litigation. His practice is national in scope, and includes patent, trademark, and copyright infringement cases in numerous jurisdictions around the country. Michael's clients range from small, closely-held companies to some of the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies. His cases involve a variety of subjects, from pharmaceuticals and oil and gas exploration technologies to consumer electronics and medical devices. 

He also represents clients in cases involving sophisticated corporate transactions, including corporate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and commercial contracts. He is part of the firm's national Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation Working Group. This practice is synergistic with his patent and IP litigation practice, as many of the underlying transactions implicate significant intellectual property assets.

Michael has significant trial experience, including roles as first-chair counsel in jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations for clients in diverse industries such as telecommunications, software, and oilfield technology industries. His accomplishments as an intellectual property trial attorney have been well recognized. For example, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine recently stated that Michael "is unrelenting in his pursuit of clients' goals. He knows what it is like to perform for a jury — a precious commodity in high-stakes competitor shootouts — and no technology can throw him off his trial game. He spearheads the litigation practice."

He has been selected for inclusion in numerous lists of top intellectual property attorneys, including SuperLawyers, Best Lawyers in America, IAM Patent 1000, and Managing Intellectual Property Magazine IP Stars.  Managing IP Magazine named him as one of only six Colorado intellectual property litigators in its North American Awards 2016 short list of outstanding IP litigators.

Michael was selected to co-author the Local Patent Rules for the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. On June 4, 2014, the Court adopted a pilot program to implement these new rules. He is on the roster of private mediators for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Michael formerly served as the chair of the Intellectual Properly Section of the Colorado Bar Association. In that role, he led an organization of over 700 intellectual property attorneys. 

  • Won summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of a Fortune 10 company in defense of a patent case dealing with personal computing devices.
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of a major financial institution in defense of a patent infringement case relating to a debit card technology.
  • Won judgment of non-infringement in defense of a patent case on behalf of a large national trucking company. 
  • Obtained a dismissal of a patent infringement case dealing with a novel medical device technology. 
  • Obtained the dismissal of a trade secret case dealing with a telecommunications technology on behalf of a prominent private equity firm. 
  • Won summary judgment on claims stemming from a joint venture to develop and commercialize a novel hospital sterilization technology. 
  • Successfully defended a patent infringement claim against the Apple iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone and their respective cases.
  • Successfully defended a complex patent licensing dispute involving a novel airborne geophysical exploration technology.
  • Obtained lost profits and attorneys’ fees in an infringement case involving audio/video hardware and software.
  • Won an arbitration hearing regarding international patent rights to a novel oil and gas technology on behalf of one of the largest oilfield services companies in the world.
  • Successfully defended seller in buy-side fraud claims arising from the strategic acquisition of a competitor.
  • Successfully asserted claims of copyright and trademark infringement against major government contractor on behalf of a high-profile sculptor.
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Quoted, Denver Business Journal
July 23, 2020
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Reexams and Reissues: Sharpening the Issues and the Next Wave of IPRs
Moderator, Rocky Mountain IP and Technology Institute
July 16, 2020
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Speaker, Polsinelli Business Law Institute
July 15, 2020
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Everything I Learned About Startup Law I Learned From the Pied Piper
Presenter, Denver Start-Up Week
September 27, 2018
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The IP Trifecta
Law Week Colorado
May 15, 2017
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US District Court for the District of Colorado: New Local Patent Rules and How They Affect Your Practice
Presentation to the Larimer County Bar Association sponsored by the Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of the Court
April 23, 2015
eAlerts Updates
March 5, 2015
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The Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law
November 21, 2014
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Updates in Patent Troll Litigation
Business Law Institute, Phoenix, Arizona
June 24, 2014
eAlerts Updates
April 2, 2014
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