Jon Michaelson is the Managing Partner of the firm's Silicon Valley office. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation. He acts as trial counsel in cases which span a wide variety of disciplines, including all forms of intellectual property, employment law, class actions, competition issues, and other types of complex commercial controversies. He has particular experience in the fields of semiconductor design and manufacture, electronic components, business application and entertainment software, video games, broadcast equipment, medical laboratory testing, and e-commerce. He has represented corporations and individual board members in connection with internal investigations involving securities issues and foreign corrupt practices act concerns. He has substantial experience in arbitration and other forms of alternative disputes resolution, both in the U.S. and overseas.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Michaelson was the managing partner and founder of the Palo Alto, California office of an international law firm where he practiced intellectual property and commercial litigation. Previously, he was a partner at a regional law firm for over 20 years and then managing partner of the Palo Alto office of another international law firm.

While attending law school, Mr. Michaelson served as Articles Editor and Managing Editor of the Industrial Relations Law Journal.

Mr. Michaelson was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2018 for Commercial Litigation.

Professional & Community Activities

Boy Scouts of America, Santa Clara County Council, Board of Directors, Former Member and Legal Counsel


  • University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D. (1978)
  • University of Texas at Austin, M.A. (1973)
  • Pomona College, B.A. (1969)

Bar Admissions

  • California (1978)


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts in all Districts of California
  • U.S. District Courts in various other states, including Colorado, Virginia, and Texas

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Bringing to bear in the most effective way possible for the particular client and its particular need all of the skill, judgment, and experience at my disposal. And then adding all appropriate resources of the firm as a whole in order to maximize prospects for a successful outcome.

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Jon Michaelson

Experience Highlights

Employment litigation success
Obtained dismissals of charges brought against California employer clients for sexual harassment and for racial and religious based discrimination, more
Challenges of multi-jurisdictional practice of law
Counsel for the prevailing party in Birbrower v. Superior Court, 17 Cal. 4th 119 (1998), considered to be one of the most significant more
Technology licensing and sale controversies
Handled disputes arising from the licensing and sale of technology, including multiple cases involving allegations of defective software and several more
Helping clients prevail in intellectual property disputes
Successfully represented a number of technology companies in matters involving charges of trade secret misappropriation venued in state court (for more