Mike Spillner is a litigation partner in Orrick’s Silicon Valley office. He focuses on trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement disputes, and has handled many cases involving the alleged theft of confidential business information by ex-employees, competitors, and collaborators. He also has substantial experience in false advertising, unfair competition, and other complex commercial litigation matters.
He drafted the State of California's model jury instructions for trade secret cases, contributed to the California State Bar's treatise on trade secret misappropriation, and co-founded and runs Orrick's trade secrets blog, "Trade Secrets Watch" (follow on Twitter). He frequently speaks on intellectual property topics, and was selected by Super Lawyers as a "Northern California Rising Star."
Some of his more notable cases include the following:
Mr. Spillner's early professional career included a term as law clerk to District Judge James H. Michael, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. He also served as an extern law clerk for District Judge William H. Orrick, Jr., whose father was a founding partner of the firm.
His public service included a stint as a prosecutor in the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. As a member of the misdemeanor trial unit, he handled a number of jury trials, bench trials, and other hearings on the criminal docket.
He is actively involved in pro bono work, representing victims of domestic violence in San Mateo County Superior Court in partnership with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. He has also acted as a volunteer captain for Rebuilding Together Peninsula.
He joined the firm as a summer associate in 1998.
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