Michael De Vries is a nationally recognized IP trial lawyer with substantial success representing plaintiffs in high-stakes intellectual property trials. He has served as lead counsel in numerous patent and other intellectual property-related matters. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has 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.”

Since 2018, Mike has secured over $2.1 billion in plaintiff verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients in IP litigations, including $1.75 billion in three separate plaintiff jury verdicts in favor of his clients since September 2019: a $855 million jury verdict in October 2020 on behalf of Cognizant against a competitor in a software-related trade secret and copyright case; a $765 million jury verdict in February 2020 on behalf of Motorola Solutions in a trade secret case against a competitor, Hytera; and a $125 million jury verdict in September 2019 on behalf of EagleView Technologies in a patent case against a competitor. These verdicts received extensive media coverage including The New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg Law, and Mike was awarded The Am Law Litigation Daily’sLitigator of the Week” feature three separate times for these victories over the last year.

Named Law360’s “Trial MVP of the Year” in both 2020 and 2021 for his lead trial counsel work on IP litigation matters, Mike is a member of the Kirkland practices recognized as Law360 2020 “Practice Groups of the Year” for Intellectual Property and Trials. The Daily Journal named Mike to its 2021 list of “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” and its 2020 list of “Top Trade Secrets Lawyers,” and 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. Mike was also named one of the Daily Journal’s “Top 75 IP Litigators in California” in 2010, 2014 and 2018–2020, and was featured among the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2020 “Most Influential People in Los Angeles” and a “Top Litigator in Los Angeles” in 2018, 2020 and 2021. Additionally, he was a recipient of the 2020 “California Trailblazers” award from The Recorder. The 2012 and 2015–2021 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. recommend Mike for his work on the Firm’s Tier 1 Patent Litigation team, noting that Mike is “a key figure” in the Firm’s patent practice, and in the 2020 edition, Mike is featured as a “Leading Lawyer.” Mike was also recognized as a leading litigator in the 2008 Benchmark Litigation U.S. guide, which characterized Mike’s courtroom performance in a federal court jury trial as “spectacular.”


Thought Leadership


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

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


Ranked #1 in the New York Law Journal’s list of “Top Verdicts & Settlements of the Northeast,” 2020

“Trial MVP of the Year,” Law360, 2020 and 2021

“Practice Groups of the Year: Intellectual Property and Trials,” Law360, 2020

Recommended by The Legal 500 U.S., 2012, 2015–2021; Rated “Leading Lawyer,” 2020–2021

“Top Trade Secrets Lawyers,” Daily Journal, 2020

“Top Intellectual Property Lawyers,” Daily Journal, 2010, 2014, 20182021

“The CLAY Awards: Intellectual Property,” Daily Journal, 2019

“California Trailblazers,” The Recorder, 2020

“Top Litigators in Los Angeles,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2018, 2020

“LA500: The Most Influential People in Los Angeles,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2020

“Leaders of Influence: Litigation & Trial Lawyers,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2020–2021

Recognized in Litigation in the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, 20192020

Ranked in Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, 20142017, 2021

“Rising Star,” Southern California Super Lawyers, 2008, 20112014

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

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

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

    Recipient of BCLT’s Certificate of Law and Technology

  • University of California, BerkeleyB.A.1996