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 > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

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Michael De VriesKirkland & Ellis LLP

The multidisciplinary Kirkland & Ellis LLP practice stands out for its broad coverage of trade secrets litigation. The firm has particular expertise in technology-related matters, as well as large competitor cases. The strong trial practice also has significant cross-border experience and can draw from the firm’s international presence. The deep bench of IP, trademark, tech and litigation specialists includes Michael De Vries in Los Angeles and San Francisco-based Adam Alper, who are recognised for patent and IP litigation; Dale Cendali in New York, who leads the copyright, trademark, internet and advertising group; and Gianni Cutri in Chicago, who focuses on high-tech IP and commercial litigation, as well as post-grant review proceedings, data protection issues and privacy matters. Also active in the area is New York-based Joshua Simmons.

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

(Leading lawyers)

Michael De VriesKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP specialises in high-stakes competitor litigation and offers an outstanding track record in the full range of patent disputes, with extensive experience in the district courts, the PTAB, the Federal Circuit, the ITC and the Supreme Court. The group’s trial clout attracts prestigious US and international clients, especially from the pharmaceutical, technology, manufacturing, semiconductor and electronics sectors. In a number of disputes, the team parachuted in as a replacement at a late stage in particularly challenging proceedings, securing favourable outcomes in strategic proceedings. Gregory Arovas, Robert Appleby, Jeanne Heffernan, Joseph Loy, Leora Ben-Ami and Todd Friedman in New York, James Hurst, Amanda Hollis, Bryan Hales and Russell Levine in Chicago,  Michael De Vries in Los Angeles and Adam Alper in San Francisco, and Gregg LoCascio and John O’Quinn in Washington DC are key contacts.