Mr Michael Oakes > Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
United States

Work Department

Retail, Cyber Investigations and Privacy Litigation, Advertising Compliance and Counseling, Advertising Litigation, Patent Litigation, Intellectual Property, Antitrust and Consumer Protection, Litigation, Colleges and Universities, International Trade Commission Section 337 Litigation


Partner and Co-Head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group


As co-head of Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Mr. Oakes handles complex civil disputes, with a focus on patent litigation and other intellectual property and technology-related matters before federal district courts and the US International Trade Commission.

He has experience with patents in a variety of fields, including semiconductors and electronics, software, computer networking and Internet technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive and nuclear manufacturing technology.

Mr. Oakes also advises clients on data security and privacy issues. He is experienced in handling the investigative and legal response to network intrusions and data breach events and has represented clients in class action litigation and regulatory investigations involving claims arising out of these incidents. He also advises clients on liability issues related to the use of technology and the Internet, including issues related to cloud computing, online sweepstakes and related marketing programs.

Mr. Oakes is admitted to practice in the US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh and Federal Circuits, and the US District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas, Eastern District of Virginia and the Western District of Michigan. He is also registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.


Admitted to the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars and the US Patent and Trademark Office


  • JD, Duke University School of Law, cum laude, 2001
  • BA, Biology, University of Virginia, 1996

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP provides comprehensive brand services to major global clients, advising on the clearance, registration and enforcement of their trademark portfolios. The group is led in Washington DC by John Gary Maynard who develops enforcement programs for companies in aviation, retail, chemicals and financial services, Tyler Maddry and Michael Oakes. James Rosini at the New York office employs deep IP experience to assist on trademark and unfair competition matters. Stephen Demm in Richmond counsels clients in the energy sector.

United States > Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation

Representing high-profile trademark plaintiffs and defendants across the US, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP brings bench strength and experience to  every stage of litigation, from injunctions and temporary restraining orders all the way up to appeals before the Supreme Court. The team is led in Washington DC by John Gary Maynard, an expert in high-level brand protection disputes, who also operates out of the Richmond, VA office, and tech sector specialists Tyler Maddry and Michael Oakes. DC-based special counsel Edward Colbert, who represented the Cleveland Guardians in a dispute stemming from their name change, is a go-to for clients involved in high-stakes infringement matters, along with Jeremy S. Boczko in New York.