University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1993, Cum Laude

St. John's University, B.S., 1990

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Honorable Ann D. Montgomery, U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • Honorable Gary Larson, Hennepin County District Court of Minnesota
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Michael M. Lafeber
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Mike Lafeber is Briggs and Morgan's Intellectual Property section leader. He specializes in defending and maximizing the value of his clients’ intellectual property. Mike has litigated more than 100 intellectual property related matters in United States District Court, including 31 patent infringement matters, 75 trademark infringement matters and 13 copyright infringement matters. Mike has also handled more than 40 contested proceedings filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

While Mike is a veteran of more than 20 trials and arbitration hearings, his main goal has been and always will be to cost effectively achieve his clients’ business objectives. As a result, Mike has been involved in a much larger number of intellectual property disputes which have resolved without the need for litigation.

Mike’s practice is national in scope, with appearances in United States District Courts in Minnesota, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Honors & Awards

  • Top 40 Intellectual Property Attorney
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association


  • Obtained dismissal of trademark infringement and counterfeiting claims brought by Fortune 500 networking company against computer reseller.
  • Obtained dismissal of inequitable conduct claim following week-long bench trial. 
  • Successfully defended California “Right of Publicity” claim.
  • Defended client against claims of trademark infringement and counterfeiting.
  • Developed and implemented copyright strategy for protecting original designs for manufactured quartz surfaces.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of seven figure breach of patent license agreement claim following week-long arbitration hearing.
  • Obtained favorable Markman ruling adopting clients’ claim interpretations in their entirety resulting in multimillion dollar settlement.
  • Obtained jury verdict of non-infringement following week long patent infringement trial.
  • Obtained preliminary injunction in patent infringement litigation mandating the shutdown of music sampling systems in Fortune 500 company’s retail stores throughout the United States.
  • Obtained preliminary injunction preventing the shutdown of Fortune 500 client’s enterprise management software due to allegations of copyright infringement.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of trade secret infringement claims against defendant, which was affirmed by the 7th Circuit.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of trade dress claims against the key product line of a large international toy manufacturer and distributor.
  • Represented Lion’s Tap in a much publicized “David vs. Goliath” trademark infringement lawsuit.
  • Successfully gained control of Chinese trademark registration from Chinese infringer.
  • Successfully prosecuted copyright infringement action on behalf of author against large international publishing company.

Professional Affiliations

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association, President

American Bar Association, Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Roundtable Committee

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

  • Former Director, 1997-2001
  • Former Chairperson, New Lawyers Section, 1995-1997

Defense Research Institute, Former Chairperson, Young Lawyers Corporate Counsel Committee, 2000-2001



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Mike contributes to IntellectualIP, Briggs and Morgan’s educational co-sponsor blog with the University of Minnesota Law School. IntellectualIP is intended to provide practical information concerning U.S. and international intellectual property law.