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Background

Michael Headley 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, unfair competition, and other technology-related issues in courts from Delaware to San Francisco to China.  In 2014, Mr. Headley obtained a $105 million verdict for Power Integrations against Fairchild Semiconductor, one of the largest jury verdicts of the year.

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 also serves as Fish & Richardson’s firm-wide hiring principal, based in Fish’s Silicon Valley office.

Education

JD, University of California, Hastings College of the Law 2002


BA, Stanford University 1998

Admissions

  • California 2002
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

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). Executive Articles Editor, Hastings Law Journal (2001-2002). Treasurer, San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Inn of Court. Director, San Francisco Opera BRAVO! Club (2004-2007).

Other Distinctions

Teaching experience
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) faculty member
U.C. Hastings College of Law (2003-2007)

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

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

Experience

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