Michael Sitzman > DLA Piper LLP (US) > San Francisco, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105-2933
United States

Work Department

Intellectual Property and Technology


Partner; US Chair Life Sciences Patent Litigation


For more than 25 years, Michael has represented biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in high stakes patent litigation and other intellectual property matters. Michael has litigated cases involving recombinant DNA, CAR-T technology, glycobiology, antisense technology, protein synthesis and regulation and immunological markers.

Michael represents brand-name and innovator pharmaceutical companies in biologic and drug patent litigation, including ANDA litigation. Michael was one of the chief architects of the strategy for Novo Nordisk that culminated in the Supreme Court’s first substantive review of the Hatch-Waxman Act.

Before becoming an attorney, Michael worked at the UC Davis Plant Growth Laboratory and Biogenex, combining the fields of immunology, histology and general chemistry.

Michael regularly appears pro hac vice in the district courts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and the Southern District of New York. He is a Global Fellow of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and speaks regularly at PLI and ACI conferences on issues of biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent law.


J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; B.S., University of California at Davis