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Michelle E. Dawson

I find what is unique to my client’s business, technology or culture and find a solution to match.

My Approach

Technology is often at the center of my clients’ business.  Clients are eager to protect their technology and sometimes to monetize it.  I work closely with my clients to understand the nuances of their technology, their business, their business needs, and the market they are in, so that together we can arrive at a solution that works to achieve their goals.  I help craft and execute a wide range of technology related solutions, including everything from obtaining patent protection in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and worldwide to going to trial.  I believe that having extensive experience in both patent prosecution and patent litigation allows me to serve both client bases better.  I also represent clients in other areas of intellectual property, including licensing and negotiations around monetization, and Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and intellectual property valuation, opinion, and deal work.

I also have extensive experience in regulatory affairs and research compliance.  Prior to my legal career, I worked in research compliance and the Office of Regulatory Affairs at the University of Minnesota.  I served as manager of and regulatory expert on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee; served on the Institutional Review Board; and helped implement policies related to individual and institutional conflict of interest.  While I was obtaining my law degree, I also obtained a Master’s of Science in Health Services Research Policy and Administration.

When I am not at work, I love spending time with friends and family, reading fiction and non-fiction, travelling, sports (especially hockey), and trying to figure out how I can compete in the Olympics.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

Rising Stars

Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2013-2018

MSBA North Star Lawyer

For Pro Bono Service, 2013-2014

Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

Volunteer Lawyer’s Network

Volunteer attorney, Dignity Center