Mike Spillner is an intellectual property litigation partner in Orrick’s Silicon Valley office. He has nearly 15 years’ experience representing technology companies in complex patent, trade secret, and other IP and general commercial litigation matters.
He has substantial experience in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitration proceedings. He was selected by Super Lawyers as a “2014 Northern California Super Lawyer," and previously as a "Northern California Rising Star." The National Law Journal recognized one of his recent cases in selecting Orrick for the NLJ’s 2013 “IP Hot List.”
In Mr. Spillner’s early professional career, he served a term as a law clerk to the Honorable James H. Michael, Jr., a federal district judge in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was also an extern law clerk for the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr., a federal district judge in San Francisco whose father was a founding partner of the firm.
Mr. Spillner’s 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 frequently speaks and publishes on intellectual property topics, including as an invited speaker at the State Bar of California’s Annual Meeting. He drafted the State of California’s model jury instructions for trade secret cases, co-authored a chapter in the book “Intellectual Property Law in Cyberspace,” and co-founded and runs Orrick’s successful trade secrets blog, “Trade Secrets Watch” (follow on Twitter). California’s leading daily The Recorder profiled the blog on Page One, and its posts have been reprinted in media such as Corporate Counsel and Bloomberg.
Mr. Spillner is active in the legal industry. He serves as the co-Vice Chair of the Trade Secrets Interest Group of the State Bar of California’s Intellectual Property Section, and is a member of Stanford Law School’s Law, Science & Technology Advisory Board.
Mr. Spillner has been at Orrick his entire career. He joined the firm as a summer associate in 1998.