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Before forming Atkins Intellectual Property, Mike was an associate and partner for more than ten years at the 50-attorney Seattle law firm of Graham & Dunn (now Miller Nash Graham & Dunn), where he served as chair of the firm’s Business Department, among other leadership positions. Mike has been lead counsel in a number of high-stakes disputes in his 20-year career, including a week-long trial in which the court awarded his client damages and attorney’s fees, and a four-year proceeding in which the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board awarded his client trademark registrations over the objections of a multi-national corporation. He also has spent a great deal of time prosecuting trademark registrations and representing clients in transactions involving intellectual property. When not writing, speaking, or teaching about IP issues, Mike likes to run, ski, travel, study Spanish, and listen to loud music.


J.D., University of Minnesota, 1996
B.A., St. John’s University, 1991


  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Avvo, Inc., “Superb,” “10.0” attorney rating
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2014-19 World Trademark Review 1000, “Recommended Expert”
  • 2010-19 Super Lawyers Magazine, “Super Lawyer”
  • 2009-10 UW School of Law, “Outstanding Service Award, Part-Time Lecturer”
  • 2008 Washington CEO Magazine, “Top Intellectual Property Lawyer”
  • 2005-09 Washington Law & Politics, “Rising Star”
  • 2004, Washington State Bar Association, “Random Acts of Professionalism”


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • (IP and Litigation sections)
  • King County Bar Association
  • (IP and Litigation sections)
  • International Trademark Association
  • Master and Former Board Member, Seattle IP Inn of Court
  • Former Board Member, Feet First: Puget Sound Pedestrian Advocacy


Presenter, “Intellectual Property Protections,” New Lawyer Education Intellectual Property Seminar, Washington State Bar Association (Seattle, March 22, 2016)

Presenter, “Doctrine of Well-Known Trademarks in the United States,” King County Bar Association IP Law Section (Seattle, March 3, 2016)

Lecturer, “Advanced Trademark Law” (with Professor Toshiko Takenaka), University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, Winter 2016)

Presenter, “Cannabis in Washington State: Intellectual Property Issues,” The Seminar Group (Seattle, July 30, 2015)

Presenter, “Hot Topics in U.S. Trademark Litigation,” 2015 Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute, Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (Seattle, July 21, 2015)

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