Michael J. Songer is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and is co-chair of the firm's Litigation Group. As a member of the firm's Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Privacy & Cybersecurity groups, his practice focuses on complex commercial disputes.
He has represented a broad range of clients and has tried numerous cases involving complex licensing arrangements, trade secrets, patents and copyrights, and commercial disputes. Recent significant representations include DuPont (trade secrets and antitrust), 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.
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 speech 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 Colorado, the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a licensed patent attorney.