Overview

Michael De Vries is a nationally recognized IP trial lawyer with substantial experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes intellectual property trials. He has served as lead counsel in numerous patent, trade secret, copyright and other intellectual property-related litigation 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 $1.3 billion in plaintiff verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, including a $765 million jury verdict on behalf of Motorola Solutions in a trade secret case against Chinese-based competitor, Hytera, in February 2020, and a $125 million jury verdict on behalf of EagleView Technologies in September 2019. These verdicts received extensive media coverage including The New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg Law. The victories were also profiled in The Am Law Litigation Daily’s “Litigator of the Week” feature.

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 2020 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. 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 2018–2020, 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 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.

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Thought Leadership

Publications 

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

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

Recognition

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

Ranked in Intellectual Property in Chambers USA, 2014–2017

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

"Top Intellectual Property Lawyers" Daily Journal, 2010, 2014, 2018–2020

CLAY Awards: Intellectual Property, Daily Journal, 2019

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

Recognized for Litigation in the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, 2020

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

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2000California

Courts

  • 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

Education

  • 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