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 co-chair of Briggs’ Intellectual Property section. 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
  • 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.

Professional Affiliations

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association, Chair, Trademark Committee

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.