Chris Mizzo is a trial lawyer who represents plaintiffs and defendants in their most complex commercial and intellectual property disputes. Chris has extensive experience in all phases of litigation, has first-chaired high-stakes, bet-the-company cases, and routinely tries cases in federal and state courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. In addition to his trial work, Chris has experience conducting post-grant reviews before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Chris represents and regularly advises a diverse number of clients in a broad range of industries, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to outstanding, innovative entrepreneurs.


Thought Leadership


F.C. Mizzo, L. Ben-Ami, J.M. Wacker, J. Bova and J. Lam, “Pharmaceutical IP and Competition Law in the United States: Overview”, Thomson Reuters Global Guide on Practical Law, June 1, 2018

S.M. Knowles and F.C. Mizzo, "The USPTO's Proposed Rule Changes & GlaxoSmithKline's Challenge to the Rules", The Sedona Conference, 2008

B.M. Wexler and F.C. Mizzo, "Unpublished Opinions Rising, But Do They Help?", New York Law Journal, February 11, 2002

Press Mentions

"Samsung Gets PTAB To Review 5 Patents At Heart Of Oct. Trial," Law360, May 20, 2021

"Samsung Lobs Counterclaims At Ericsson In EDTX Patent Suit," Law360, March 12, 2021

A number of news articles have described some of Chris’s notable cases and quoted him on a variety of IP subjects. The articles can be found here.


Presented on "The ABC’s of ITC: Patents and the International Trade Commission," GlaxoSmithKline’s Back to School of Law 2017, Chapel Hill, NC, Oct. 26, 2017           

Presented on "The PTO's New Rules Are Void: GlaxoSmithKline v. Dudas – Stories from the Front," 15th Annual Kirkland & Ellis Technology & Law Seminar, Chicago, IL, May 16, 2008

Panelist for "Open Forum: Ask the Judges About Patent Litigation," 13th Annual ALI-ABA Trial of a Patent Case, Chicago, IL, September 30, 2005


Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for Patent Litigation – International Trade Commission, 2022 

Recognized by Managing Intellectual Property magazine as an "IP Stars," 2014–2022

Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for Intellectual Property – Trade Secrets (Litigation and Non-Contentious Matters), 2020

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2000, New York
  • 2007, District of Columbia
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit2000
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York2002
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York2002
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit2012


  • University of Virginia School of LawJ.D.1999
    Articles Editor, Virginia Journal of Law and Technology
  • Rutgers UniversityB.S., Industrial Engineeringsumma cum laude 1996