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A. Michael Palizzi

Managing Director
Intellectual Property Group Leader
Litigation and Dispute
Resolution Group Co-Leader





Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1992

Albion College, B.A., 1989

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeal

  • Third Circuit
  • Sixth Circuit Court
  • Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan

Michael Palizzi is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and business counselor. Over the past 25 years, he has specialized in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property counseling and litigation, and commercial contract disputes. In addition to litigation, he also serves as chief outside counsel for a number of local and international companies, assisting them in a wide variety of legal and business matters, from litigating disputes to establishing best practices to negotiating commercial contracts.

Michael handles complex commercial and IP disputes around the country, and among his numerous victories is the largest judgment in a commercial lawsuit in Michigan – a $300 million dollar jury verdict. He has handled patent and trademark infringement, counterfeiting, false advertising, unfair competition, non-compete, and trade secret misappropriation disputes. He also counsels clients on various intellectual property matters, including trademark procurement and protection, licensing, brand management, trade secret protection, and the implementation of anti-counterfeiting measures.

Michael regularly represents OEM and "Tier" automotive suppliers, with considerable experience negotiating supplier contracts and litigating issues arising out of such contracts. He has handled cases before several U.S. District Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeal, Michigan Circuit Courts and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He also has litigated matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the American Arbitration Association, the New York Stock Exchange, and the National Association of Securities Dealers.

Michael has been consistently recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, Michigan Super Lawyers, dBusiness Top Lawyers, Leading Lawyers and Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars. He also is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Representative Matters

Reported and Published Decisions

American Seating Co. v USSC Group, Inc., Slip Copy, 2006 WL 2472196, (W.D.Mich., August 24, 2006) (No. 01-00578)

PHD Michigan, L.L.C. v Outfitters Ass'n of America, Slip Copy, 2006 WL 2042515, RICO Bus.Disp.Guide 11,120, (E.D.Mich., July 20, 2006) (No. 04-73964)

American Seating Co. v USSC Group, Inc., 2006 WL 839093, (W.D.Mich., March 27, 2006) (No. 01-00578)

Royal Ins. Co. of America v Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd., 408 F.Supp.2d 415, 2005 A.M.C. 2820, (E.D.Mich., September 29, 2005) (No. 03-72574)

Jewish War Veterans' Memorial Home Ass'n v Jewish War Veterans of U.S., 376 F.Supp.2d 743, (E.D.Mich., June 30, 2005) (No. Civ. 03-40136)

Jewish War Veterans' Memorial Home Ass'n v Jewish War Veterans of U.S., 311 F.Supp.2d 600 (E.D.Mich. Mar 30, 2004) (NO. CIV. 03-40136)

Melea Limited v Quality Models Ltd., 345 F.Supp.2d 743 (E.D.Mich. Nov 12, 2004) (NO. CIV. 03-71338)

Melea Ltd. v Quality Models Ltd., 274 F.Supp.2d 909 (E.D.Mich. Jul 30, 2002) (No. CIV.A. 03-71338)

Gateway 2000, Inc. v Livak, 19 F.Supp.2d 748 (E.D.Mich. Aug 28, 1998) (No. CIV. A 98-72034)

Gateway 2000, Inc v Kelley, 9 F.Supp.2d 790 (E.D.Mich. Jul 06, 1998) (No. CIV. A. 98-71746)


Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Go-To Lawyers for Intellectual Property, 2022

State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020

Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation & Intellectual Property Litigation, 2013-present; Detroit Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2019 & 2023

Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars, 2015-present

DBusiness Top Lawyers, Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Law, 2012-present

Benchmark Litigation, Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, 2010-present

Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2009-present

Professional Activities

Federal Bar Association, Co-Chair Complex Litigation Committee

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Litigation Committee

State Bar of Michigan

Oakland County Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Foundation, Fellow

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association


"Protecting Your Competitive Edge: Intellectual Property 101," Public Relations Society of America - Detroit Chapter, December 3, 2019

"Tech Talk," Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, Investepreneur Forum, Birmingham, Michigan, November 16, 2010

Guest speaker on "Due Process," an award-winning television program aired throughout Southeastern Michigan on NBC affiliate, WDIV. Segment topic: "Securities Fraud," January 2004; March 2008

"Optimize Your Litigation Position (Risk Assessment, Third-party Relations, and ADR)" sponsored by Miller Canfield, Troy, Michigan, April 14, 1998


"How Gunn v Minton Will Impact Patent Malpractice Cases" (co-author with Jeffrey Drake), Law360, February 22, 2013

"The Confusion Continues over Key Word Confusion" (co-author with Michael C. Simoni), American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Landslide, September/October 2012

"Government Acts to Curb Knockoffs and Counterfeits," Hot Points, Fall 2005

"The Current (and Confusing) State of the Doctrine of Initial Interest Confusion," American Bar Association Intellectual Property Litigation Journal, Spring, 2004

Niesig v Team I, Interpreting ex parte Communication with Corporate Employees," 38 Wayne Law Review 327, Fall, 1991