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Michael Flanigan is an associate in the Silicon Valley office of McKool Smith Hennigan. Michael focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he held a fellowship in the Illinois Office of the Governor, where he assisted the Illinois chief information officer with information technology purchasing strategies and analyzed various federal and state laws and regulations. Michael was also directly involved in contract vendor negotiations, executive orders, and procurement strategies as they related to information technology and intellectual property. Michael has drafted a variety of agreements, including software and hardware licensing, service level agreements, security, and open data standards and statement of work.

Michael has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of electrical devices, mobile technologies, computer networks and databases, wireless communications, telecommunications systems, medical devices, and mechanical devices. He also served as a volunteer assistant adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, where he taught “Medical Innovations.”

Michael gained experience at Boston Scientific as an embedded software engineer, where he designed, developed, and tested medical devices and remote patient monitoring systems. Michael also held software developer intern positions at General Electric Healthcare and Aircraft Engines, Rockwell Automation, Northrop Grumman, and Bell Helicopter Textron.


J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2011

M.S., Computer Science, Computer Networking, University of Southern California, 2006

B.S., summa cum laude, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, 2004

  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Eta Kappa Nu

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • State of California

Bar Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
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