Mr Michael De Vries > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Los Angeles, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States


Michael De Vries is a nationally recognized IP trial lawyer with notable success handling complex, high-stakes trials both asserting and defending intellectual property rights involving especially technology-related patent, trade secret, and copyright claims, with a particular focus on large competitor v. competitor cases. Since 2019, Mike has secured over $2 billion in plaintiff jury verdicts for his clients in IP litigations, which include numerous multi-national entities in the semiconductor, telecommunications, computer hardware and software, and high-tech industries. Last year, Mike was named a “Trial MVP of the Year” by Law 360, and has been recognized as a “Top Trade Secrets Lawyer” and “Top IP Lawyer” by the Daily Journal.


University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 2000, Order of the Coif; University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1996

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United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

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Michael De VriesKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses a stellar bench of experienced trial lawyers, including the New York-based Gregory Arovas, Robert Appleby, Joseph Loy, and Todd Friedman; James Hurst, Amanda Hollis, and Bryan Hales in Chicago; Michael De Vries and Ellisen Turner in Los Angeles; Adam Alper in San Francisco; Gregg LoCascio and John O’Quinn in Washington DC; and Jeannie Heffernan in Austin. Operating across the country, the practice is a preferred choice for major industry clients for a wide gamut of patent disputes, litigating cases before district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC, the PTAB, and the Supreme Court. The group has particular expertise in the semiconductor, telecommunications, technology, electronics and pharmaceutical industries.

United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

(Leading lawyers)

Michael De VriesKirkland & Ellis LLP

Fielding highly versatile teams working collaboratively across multiple cities, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s formidable practice is especially renowned for its capabilities in business-critical technology disputes before both the state and federal courts. On the West Coast, the Bay Area-based Adam Alper is a seasoned patent and trade secrets litigator with a strong track record representing clients in the semiconductor, telecoms, and pharmaceutical arenas. In Los Angeles, IP trial lawyer Michael De Vries is widely regarded for his work in billion-dollar cases, defending the interests of various blue-chip technology entities, while Diana Torres’ recent highlights include trademark infringement suits and class action litigations in the automotive and cybersecurity sectors. On the East Coast, New York-based Dale Cendali is recommended for her expertise in copyright, internet, and advertising matters, while Washington DC-based Gregg LoCascio is an accomplished litigator in cases related to electrical and mechanical engineering. Also in New York, Claudia Ray is noted for her broad IP capabilities, ranging from pre-litigation strategizing to portfolio management. Chicago-based Gianni Cutri and the New York-based Joshua Simmons are also recommended.