Michael L. Brody

Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Practice at Winston & Strawn LLP

Michael L. Brody

Michael L. Brody

Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Practice at Winston & Strawn LLP

Biography

Over the course of his career, Mike Brody has tried approximately 50 cases to verdict. In the last ten years, he has appeared in 90 district court patent cases, 15 patent appeals, and more than 30 Markman hearings. He has appeared in matters in California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

He has successfully represented clients with respect to a wide range of technologies, including telecommunications, wired, wireless, cable and optical networking, internetworking, semiconductor and computer design and architecture, engineered substrates, laser optics, optometric products, LEDs, packaging, finance, and consumer goods.

Experience

Mike’s trial wins include top 10 patent verdicts nationally in 2009 and 2015; top 10 Texas patent verdicts in 2009 and 2013; and the largest patent verdict in the history of the Eastern District of Michigan (2015). He has handled Markman and summary judgment hearings and jury and bench patent trials in jurisdictions across the country, including the District of Delaware; the Eastern District of Texas; the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California; the Northern District of Illinois; the District of Colorado; the Eastern District of Michigan; and the District of Kansas.

In addition to handling patent cases, his other intellectual property trials have included trademark, trade dress, false advertising, trade secrets, and gray market matters. His commercial trial and appellate experience includes post-closing disputes, constitutional litigation, securities fraud class actions, and tax matters.

Honors & Awards

Mike has twice been selected as intellectual property litigator of the year in Illinois (2013 – Lexology/ILO’s Client Choice Award; 2015 – Managing Intellectual Property) and was short-listed for that honor a third time (2016 – Managing Intellectual Property). Clients note that he “get[s] the job done for me and that means winning cases,” “finds creative ways to leverage strengths,” “thinks outside the box,” and that they “can count on his counsel and his leadership.” He is regularly listed as one of the leading intellectual property trial lawyers nationally by peer, client, and reporter-based rating organizations such as IAM Patent 1000, Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500, Leading Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Managing IP, and others. The editorial staffs of these publications have observed that he is “highly intelligent, determined, and eager to win” and “receives loud applause, thanks to his ‘level-headed approach and ability to effortlessly assimilate difficult technical details.”

Activities

Mike’s community service has included membership on the advisory board of the University of Illinois Children and Family Research Center and the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. He has authored several amicus briefs before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of various coalitions of civil rights organizations and has appeared before the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of abused and neglected children and same-sex couples acting as foster parents. For roughly a decade, he served as co-lead counsel in the B.H. case, an institutional reform litigation aimed at revitalizing the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The case has been the subject of multiple journal articles, books, and Ph.D. theses and is widely viewed as a model of the positive potential for litigation of this sort. Mike previously served as chair of the Juvenile Law Committee of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and co-chair of the Policy and Planning Committee of the advisory board of the Chicago Legal Assistance Foundation’s Children’s Rights Project.

Credentials

Mike received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1974, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1976 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1979.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Mike is a frequent author and speaker on litigation management, trial advocacy, and intellectual property issues. His articles have been published in Boston University Law Review, IIT-Kent Law Review, and Litigation Magazine, among others. Several of Mike’s articles have been anthologized in several “best of” collections. He is regularly invited to speak on intellectual property topics for organizations such as the Federal Reserve Board of Chicago and the IEEE’s annual high performance chips symposium. In addition, he has served as a member of the Sedona Conference’s Steering Committee relating to that organization’s Patent Damages and Patent Case Management working groups.

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Education
J.D.
Class of 1979

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

M.A. in Philosophy
Class of 1976

The University of Chicago's Office of Investments (COI) is responsible for managing the University's investment assets, which includes overseeing the endowment to ensure that it benefits both current and future generations of the University of Chicago. COI oversees the broad investment strategy and provides input to the development of the strategic and tactical investment policies of the University & UCMC endowments, pension plans and self-insurance trust assets. Their strategy combines qualitative and quantitative analysis, seeking to achieve superior investment performance on a risk-adjusted basis.COI's approach seeks to evaluate the investment strategy as an integrated part of the operating plans of the University rather than in isolation and focuses the the University's overall success, not investment returns. The endowment is well-diversified across a variety of asset classes, including global stocks and bonds, real estate, natural resources, private equity, absolute return strategies and protection (tail-hedging strategies). Asset class exposure is achieved primarily by selecting and engaging external managers. COI manages the global macro and the overlay portfolio to ensure that the portfolio's overall positioning is compliance with the endowment's investment guidelines.COI's strategies for investing in the public markets include: Absolute Return, Private Debt, Fixed Income and Credit. and Global Equities.COI's real assets team invests globally in real estate and natural resources using outside managers. The real estate portfolio invests globally in value-added and opportunistic strategies using both private partnerships and public vehicles. The natural resources portfolio invests globally in strategies that include, but are not limited to: oil and gas exploration & production; power generation; infrastructure; timber; mining and minerals; and agriculture.

B.A., Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1974

Wesleyan University is known for the excellence of its academic and co-curricular programs. About 2,900 undergraduates—and some 200 graduate students—from around the world pursue their classroom studies, research projects, and co-curricular interests in ways that are demanding and intensely rewarding. Here, on a beautiful campus overlooking the Connecticut River, students learn to do productive and innovative work that makes a positive difference in the world—that’s what Wesleyan is about.

Career History
Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
Current

Winston & Strawn LLP provides legal services. The company's practice areas include antitrust & trade regulations, employment & labor relations, intellectual property, taxation & trusts, and estates. It was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Clerk
Prior

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is the trial-level court with jurisdiction over the northern counties of Illinois. The court is divided into two geographical divisions: The eastern division includes Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, La Salle, Lake, and Will counties. Its sessions are held in Chicago and Wheaton. The western division includes Boone, Carroll, De Kalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago. Its sessions are held in Freeport and Rockford.

Boards & Committees
Member, Advisory Board
Tenure Unconfirmed
Political Donations
$3,750
2012

Former President of United States

$500
2010
$2,300
2007

Former President of United States

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