12.11.14 | Michael J. Harris

Michael J. Harris


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Michael is an experienced litigator and partner in Banner & Witcoff’s Chicago office. He has played a lead role in hundreds of complex matters for industry-leading clients, including high-stakes utility patent, design patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition lawsuits. He has tried cases before juries and judges in federal district courts and at the International Trade Commission, and has appeared before numerous federal appellate courts.  Michael also has an active practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Michael previously served as in-house IP counsel for a Fortune 150 company and he is currently serving as Virtual IP Counsel for a global, diversified industrial organization that includes more than 185 independent manufacturing and service businesses.  In those roles, Michael has provided business stakeholders with strategic guidance, oversight, and direction on intellectual property matters worldwide; he has managed a large and diverse caseload of intellectual property lawsuits around the world; he has prepared intellectual property licenses and agreements; he has assisted in due diligence reviews and acquisitions; and he has managed a global trademark portfolio consisting of thousands of marks.

Michael is a contributing author of the Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook, Third Edition, and its yearly cumulative supplements. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago teaching a course on Patent Office Litigation.

Michael is recognized in Managing Intellectual Property‘s 2018 edition of IP Stars for his patent and trademark practice. Michael is also recognized in the 2018 edition of Legal 500 for his success in IPRs. He was recognized in the 2017 edition of BTI Client Service All-Stars for superior client service. He was nominated by a major manufacturing company, and is one of just 300 lawyers nationwide to receive the honor. In each year from 2009 to 2017, Michael was named an “Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star” in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation. Super Lawyers Rising Stars names the state’s top 2.5% of up-and-coming attorneys under the age of 40.

Michael graduated, cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law. He served as the Internet Editor for The University of Illinois Journal of Law Technology & Policy. Prior to law school, Michael earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, from Valparaiso University. He was an electrical engineer for the Illinois Commerce Commission, where he performed operational and financial analyses, policy development, and public safety and enforcement activities related to the electric utility industry.


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B.S.E.E. 2000, Valparaiso University

J.D. 2003, University of Illinois

Bar Admissions

2003, Illinois

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri