Michael De Vries has substantial experience representing clients in complex intellectual property disputes, with particular experience representing technology companies in patent litigation. Mike has handled trials and a variety of other litigation-related matters involving patent, trademark and copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, false advertising and unfair competition. He has served as lead counsel in a variety of patent and other intellectual property-related matters, including serving as lead trial counsel in a five-week federal jury trial involving chemical technology and a variety of intellectual property claims. Mike was recognized in the 2014–2017 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Intellectual Property. The guide described him as “phenomenal at managing a case, but also phenomenal in a court,” as well as “experienced counsel for the handling of misuse of trade secrets allegations.” 

Most recently, the Daily Journal recognized Mike and his team in The 2019 CLAY Awards: Intellectual Property for their successful representation of Cisco in its long-running IP battle: Cisco Systems Inc. v. Arista Networks Inc. The Daily Journal also named Mike to its 2019 list of “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers.” The 2012 and 2015–2019 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. recognized Mike for his work on the Firm’s Tier 1 Patent Litigation team. In the 2015 edition, he was noted as a "rising superstar." The 2016 edition noted that Mike is "a key figure" in the Firm's International Trade Commission patent practice. He was named one of the Daily Journal’s Top 75 IP Litigators in California in 2010, 2014 and 2018–2019, and named one of the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top Litigators in Los Angeles in 2018. He was also recognized as a leading litigator in the Euromoney Institutional Investor Benchmark: Litigation 2008 guide, which characterized Mike’s courtroom performance in a federal court jury trial as “spectacular.” In addition to his trial-related work, Mike also advises clients on intellectual property-related licensing and other strategic issues.


Thought Leadership


"Patent Auctions: emerging trend?" National Law Journal, May 8, 2006

"United States v. Microsoft," 14 B.T.L.J. 303 (1999)


Adjunct Professor, University of California at Irvine’s The Paul Merage School of Business, “Intellectual Property Law and Strategy,” Winter Quarter 2007

Berkeley Center for Law & Technology’s Certificate in Law and Technology

“Rising Star” Southern California Super Lawyers, 2008, 2011–2014

"Top Intellectual Property Lawyer" Daily Journal, 2019

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

American Bar Association — Intellectual Property Law Group

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Federal Bar Association (Member of Board of Directors, Orange County Chapter)

Orange County Bar


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2000California


  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


  • University of California, Berkeley, School of LawJ.D.2000
    Order of the Coif
  • University of California, BerkeleyB.A.1996