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About Michael

Michael J. Ballanco is a litigator with extensive experience across a range of venues, including district courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the International Trade Commission, and Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Known for his flexibility, Michael’s broad experience allows him to play a variety of roles when preparing for trial and to provide leadership and support across the entire case team.

In addition to his patent litigation work, Michael has experience with trademark litigation and disputes surrounding patent license agreements. In recent years, Michael has also done extensive work in the patent damages arena, helping his clients determine the potential damages at stake in litigation across a range of industries and technologies. In one significant matter, he represented a large technology company in a matter in which he successfully petitioned to exclude both opposing damages experts, which ultimately prevented the matter from going to trial. Michael also participated in the appeal of the damages decision, which was affirmed by the Federal Circuit.

Michael’s talent for appellate representation stems in part from several years of experience as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Kara F. Stoll of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where he has briefed and argued cases.

Beyond his litigation work, Michael’s practice includes pro bono representation of death row inmates seeking to overturn wrongful convictions. In his free time, Michael enjoys collecting vinyl records and hiking and skiing with his three children.

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
Federal Circuit Bar Association

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