Michael represents clients as lead or Delaware counsel in litigation primarily in the District of Delaware in a wide variety of industries, with a particular focus on web-based technology, networking, biotechnology and consumer products.
Representative clients include Amazon.com, Bayer Healthcare, Barracuda Networks, Becton Dickinson, Cisco Systems, ClearOne, Denon, Feit Electric, f’real Foods, Galderma Labs, Gillette, GoPro, Nespresso, Peloton, Rite Aid, RSB Spine, Sprint, Staples, Symantec, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Thomas Reuters, UCB, and Xilinx. As of 2021, he has represented clients in more than 275 intellectual property cases, including cases involving patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, trade secrets, trade dress, unfair competition and antitrust issues.
Chambers USA recognized Michael for Delaware Intellectual Property since 2016. He has also been ranked by IAM Patent 1000. Michael devotes a portion of his time to pro bono matters and serves on several Morris Nichols committees, including its Diversity and Recruiting Committees.
Prior to law school, Michael worked as a consultant on public policy and legislative advocacy on local, state, and national issues with an emphasis on technology, environmental issues, and strategic business development. For several years, he hosted a public affairs radio program on Delaware’s leading news station, and frequently appeared on radio and television news shows.
As an entrepreneur, Michael has owned and managed several businesses, including an Internet applications firm that developed web solutions for Fortune 500 companies, regional banks and national retailers. In that role, Michael gained technical experience in web-based solutions for customer retention and integration between online and bricks-and-mortar businesses.
Obtained an affirmance from the Federal Circuit for f’real Foods, LLC and Rich Products Corporation which upheld a jury verdict and pre- and post-trial rulings on patent infringement as well as a permanent injunction and recall of infringing self-cleaning blenders.
Represented API Industries in patent infringement case concerning elastic drawstring trashbags. Successfully represented API as lead counsel in district court, in the Federal Circuit, and in Supreme Court proceeding.
Represented UCB, Inc. in Hatch-Waxman ANDA cases concerning patent covering Neupro® rotigotine transdermal system.
Represented D&M Holdings Inc. in two patent litigation actions involving Denon’s wireless home audio products.
Represented biotechnology company Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in multiple patent infringement actions concerning PCR systems.
Counsel to Symantec Corp. in patent cases concerning data storage and backup systems.
Obtained successful jury verdict for C.R. Bard in case concerning stent graft devices. W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. et al v. C.R. Bard Inc.
Obtained rare summary judgment decision for Bloomberg and Charles Schwab in patent infringement case concerning mobile device app technology.
Represented Agilent Technologies Inc. as lead counsel in case involving nucleic acid arrays.
Represented Orbitz in patent infringement action involving data storage systems.
News & Insights
- Media Mention, The Best Lawyers in America, 08.19.2021
The Best Lawyers in America has released its 2022 edition, listing thirty-two attorneys from Morris Nichols. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 66,000 eligible attorneys.
- Firm News, 07.21.2021
On July 21, 2021, Morris Nichols clients F’real Foods, LLC and Rich Products Corporation obtained an affirmance from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, upholding a jury verdict and pre- and post-trial rulings on patent infringement and damages against Hamilton Beach Brands and Hershey Creamery.
- Media Mention, IAM Patent 1000, 06.30.2021
“A force to be reckoned with in Delaware patent litigation,” the 2021 edition of IAM Patent 1000 again ranks Morris Nichols’ intellectual property group in its highest “gold” tier for Delaware IP law firms.
- Chambers USA 2021 Again Recognizes Morris Nichols in Band 1 in Four Delaware Practices; 27 Attorneys Named Among Leading Delaware PractitionersMedia Mention, Chambers USA, 05.20.2021
The 2021 edition of Chambers USA has again ranked Morris Nichols in the top tier in four Delaware practice categories.
- Media Mention, Law360, 03.12.2021
Morris Nichols uniquely appeared on rankings for both the defendants’ and plaintiffs’ side, as it has in previous years. Partner Michael Flynn attributed the firm’s achievement to its focus on work in Delaware, serving both clients and co-counsel alike.
- Media Mention, Lex Machina, 03.11.2021
Morris Nichols retains its status as a top patent litigation law firm in Lex Machina’s 2021 Patent Litigation Report released today. This data-driven annual review looks at federal district court trends to glean insights into courts, judges, parties, and law firm activities.
- Speaking Engagement, Webinar, 03.11.2021
Legal analytics pioneer Lex Machina will host a live webcast unveiling its latest 2021 Patent Litigation Report. Morris Nichols partner Michael Flynn will join as a speaker in the 30-minute session.
- Firm News, 06.23.2020
IAM sources espouse, “Morris Nichols continues to represent the gold standard when it comes to patent litigation in Delaware.”
- Chambers USA 2020 Ranks Morris Nichols Band 1 in Four Delaware Practices; 24 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized Among Leading Delaware PractitionersFirm News, 04.23.2020
- Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Morris Nichols Top Tier for Four Delaware Practices; 26 Attorneys Named Leading Delaware PractitionersFirm News, 04.25.2019
Wilmington, DE (April 25, 2019) - The 2019 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Guide to Leading Lawyers for Business has again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a leading Delaware law firm in four practice categories.
- Firm News, 05.03.2018
Wilmington, DE (May 3, 2018) - Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been ranked Band 1 in four Delaware practice categories in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm was ranked in the highest tier for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property.
- Firm News, 12.26.2017
Wilmington, DE (December 26, 2017) - Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that Kate Betterly, Brian Egan, Michael Flynn and Dan Matthews will become partners, effective January 1, 2018. “We are thrilled that these outstanding attorneys will be partners at Morris Nichols, and we congratulate them on reaching this milestone in their careers,” said Rodger D. Smith II, Chair of the Morris Nichols Executive Committee.
- Chambers USA 2017 Ranks Morris Nichols Band 1 in Four Delaware Practice Areas; 23 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized Among the Best in DelawareFirm News, 05.26.2017
Wilmington, DE (May 26, 2017) - The 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property.
- Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Morris Nichols Band 1 in Four Delaware Practice Areas; 25 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized Among the Best in DelawareFirm News, 05.27.2016
Wilmington, DE (May 27, 2016) - The 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property.
Professional & Civic
American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law, Business Law, and Litigation Sections)
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Delaware State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Federal Circuit Bar Association
Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court
2017 Federal Trial Practice Seminar, sponsored by the US District Court for the District of Delaware and the Federal Bar Association
Tulane University Law School, JD, cum laude, Order of the Barristers, 2009
Tulane Moot Court Board, Appellate Chairman
American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Team
James A. Wysocki Award for Trial Advocacy
Swarthmore College, BA, political science, 1997
- Delaware, 2009
- US District Court for the District of Delaware, 2010
- US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2015
- US Supreme Court, 2017