Michael J. Songer is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and is co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Group. Mike is also a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group, and previously served as its co-chair. His practice focuses on complex technology disputes in a wide variety of areas.
He has represented a broad range of clients and has tried numerous cases involving complex licensing arrangements, trade secrets, patents and copyrights, as well as commercial disputes. Recent significant representations include LifeNet Health (patent), DuPont (trade secrets and antitrust), General Electric (patent), CoStar Group (licensing and copyright), AT&T (patent), Canon Inc. (patent), and Sprint (software licenses).
Notably, Mike was the lead trial counsel in the case DuPont v. Kolon, a trade secrets case involving DuPont's Kevlar® product. After a seven-week trial, DuPont was awarded $919.9 million in damages, the largest contested jury trade secret verdict and the largest verdict ever awarded in the Commonwealth of Virginia. More recently, Mike was the lead trial counsel in the case LifeNet Health v. LifeCell, a patent case involving soft tissue grafts. Mike and his team obtained an infringement jury award for LifeNet Health of $34 million, a verdict that was ranked by the National Law Journal as one of the “Top 100 Verdicts of 2014,” and the largest jury verdict in the Commonwealth of Virginia for 2014. Mike also obtained a summary judgment in favor of AT&T Mobility II in a patent case by successfully asserting a laches defense.
Mike has received numerous accolades and awards for his trial work, has been featured in American Lawyer both as a "Litigator of the Week" and for his work on the DuPont v. Kolon case, and has been named an "IP MVP" by Law360. Mike has also been named a Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer" for Intellectual Property by Thomson Reuters, and as one of the "Top 500 Attorneys in America" by LawDragon Magazine.
Mike also represents clients on emerging technology issues, especially those that involve commercial disputes and the Internet. He has litigated cases related to "cybersquatter" domain name infringements, "framing" violations, content right disputes, service provider liability, and First Amendment speech and defamation issues.
Mike has a B.S.M.E. (energy systems / nuclear power operations) and a B.A. (government) from the University of Notre Dame, and a J.D. from Duke University. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches the "Law of Cyberspace." Mike is admitted to practice in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a licensed patent attorney.