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Background

Michael Headley, the Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s Silicon Valley office, is a trial lawyer specializing in complex disputes related to intellectual property across a broad range of technologies.  A Stanford alum with start-up experience and more than a dozen jury and bench trials to date, he has tried cases and counseled clients through disputes involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, unfair competition, and other technology-related issues in courts from Delaware to San Francisco to China.  In 2015, Mr. Headley obtained a $139 million verdict for Power Integrations against Fairchild Semiconductor, one of the largest jury verdicts of the year.  In 2016, the California Daily Journal named Mr. Headley one of the "Top IP Lawyers in California".  

When he is not in court, Mr. Headley works with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), where he is a faculty member, and he is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Intellectual Property issues at Law360.  Mr. Headley previously served as Fish & Richardson’s firm-wide hiring principal.​

Education

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law 2002


B.A., Stanford University 1998

Admissions

  • California 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Memberships & Affiliations

Vice President, San Francisco Bay Area IP Inn of Court. Served as Judicial Extern both to the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen, United States District Court Judge, Northern District of California (2002), and to the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong, United States District Court Judge, Northern District of California (2000). Director, San Francisco Opera BRAVO! Club (2004-2007).​

Other Distinctions

Named to The Daily Journal’s list of California’s Top IP Attorneys in 2016

Named to Law360′s Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board (2015-2016)

Named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the field of intellectual property litigation (2010-2015)

Teaching experience
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) faculty member
U.C. Hastings College of Law (2003-2007), Legal Writing and Moot Court classes

Pro bono experience
Special Deputy District Attorney, San Benito County, CA (2003-2006)

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