Chris Mizzo is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. Over the past 20 years, Chris has gained 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B.M. Wexler and F.C. Mizzo, "Unpublished Opinions Rising, But Do They Help?", New York Law Journal, February 11, 2002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

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 Managing Intellectual Property magazine as an "IP Stars," 2020 

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