Michael's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, especially complex patent matters and trade secret cases. His cases have covered a variety of technologies, including smart phones, computers, software, telecommunications and secure computing. Representative clients have included DIRECTV, Sony, Samsung and Sprint.
Michael has an engineering degree and was a drilling engineer with ExxonMobil on international oil and gas wells before becoming an attorney. He also served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. Michael’s extensive experience with large companies gives him a keen understanding of how to direct litigation in a way that appropriately addresses potential and actual disputes most efficiently and effectively.
Michael’s pro bono work includes a representing a client in a jury trial focused on immigration issues, representing veterans with VA benefit claim disputes and volunteering at pro bono clinics in Houston. Michael mentors law students through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity program, which is promoted and championed by Shook, Hardy & Bacon. Additionally, he has presented at TechGYRLS, a YWCA program designed to encourage young girls and women to pursue degrees in science and technology.
Intellectual Property Law for Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers CE, Houston, Texas (April 26, 2018).
Patents and Trade Secrets, Society of Petroleum Engineers CE, Houston, Texas (January 24, 2018).
Legal and Regulatory Issues Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing, Petroleum ETC Frac School, San Antonio, Texas (June 7, 2017).
Current Regulatory Issues Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing, Keynote Speaker at Society of Petroleum Engineers Hydraulic Fracturing Technical Conference 2017, The Woodlands, Texas (January 25, 2017).
Basics of Intellectual Property Law, Society of Petroleum Engineers continuing education session, Houston, Texas (January 17, 2017).
Legal and Regulatory Issues Affecting Hydraulic Fracturing, Petroleum ETC Frac School, Houston, Texas (June 14, 2016).
Current Regulatory Issues Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing, Society of Petroleum Engineers Paper SPE-184859-MS, January 25, 2017 (co-authored with Nicholas Deutsch and Melissa Marrero).