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About Michael

Michael J. Ballanco is an associate in the litigation group in the Washington, D.C., office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Mike’s practice focuses on all aspects of patent infringement matters at the trial and appellate level. Mike has argued motions before U.S. district courts and appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mike has also been heavily involved in drafting successful summary judgment, Daubert, and other dispositive motions and appeals on patent and damages issues. Representative technologies Mike has worked on include network devices, semiconductor and memory devices, embedded automotive systems, and robotics.

Mike was previously a summer associate of the firm. From 2015 through 2017, Mike served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kara F. Stoll of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before attending law school, Mike worked as a software and infrastructure security consultant for Accenture.

Publications 

  • Searching for the First Amendment: An Inquisitive Free Speech Approach to Search Engine Rankings, 24 GEO. MASON U. C.R. L.J. 89 (Fall 2013)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Federal Circuit and Supreme Court Yearly Review” Fish Litigation Webinar (October 2018)
  • Named to the “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” list by The Best Lawyers in America© (2022)
Focus Areas
Education

J.D. magna cum laude, George Mason University School of Law (2014) Editor-in-Chief, George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal; Recipient, Law School Service Award


B.S. cum laude, Computer Science & Business, Lehigh University (2008)

Admissions
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Clerkships

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable Kara F. Stoll, 2015 - 2017

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Giles Rich Inn of Court.

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