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Fried, Michael S.
51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC
Phone: 1.202.879.3434 (Business Phone)
Fax: 1.202.626.1700 (Business Fax)


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Lawyer Overview

Mike Fried represents clients in complex litigation matters, concentrating on appeals and potentially case-dispositive motions. He has extensive experience with appellate litigation and has focused, among other areas, in constitutional law, antitrust, labor, and intellectual property. He has argued numerous appeals in the federal circuit courts.

Mike's recent work includes participating in the representation of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the tobacco companies' successful appeal of a $145 billion punitive damages award in Florida state court. He also was coauthor of a successful certiorari petition and victorious merits brief in Ortega v. Star-Kist, 545 U.S. 546 (2005), a case addressing the question whether the federal supplemental jurisdiction statute authorizes pendent party jurisdiction in diversity cases.

Mike has published articles on issues including, among others, statutory interpretation, federalism, and intellectual property. His writings have been praised by a federal court as "[p]articularly helpful in analyzing" issues relating to statutory interpretation, In re Kane, 336 F.R. 447, 485 n.16 (Bankr. D. Nev. 2006), and cited in numerous legal journals. See, e.g., Owen D. Jones & Timothy H. Goldsmith, "Law and Behavioral Biology," 105 Colum. L. Rev. 405, 483 (2005) and Jim Chen, "Judicial Epochs in Supreme Court History," 47 St. Louis U. L.J. 677, 713 (2003).

Mike is a member of the Firm's Federal Circuit and IP Appeals service and has significant experience in appeals and trial practice in patent litigation. He has represented clients in a variety of intellectual property cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit, and the district courts.

Areas of Practice

  • Issues & Appeals
  • Appellate Advocacy in the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Appellate Litigation in Other Federal & State Courts
  • Trial Litigation in Federal & State Courts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Federal Circuit and IP Appeals

Representative Cases

  • Federal Trade Commission v. Affordable Media, LLC, 179 F.3d 1228 (9th Cir. 1999).
  • Federal Trade Commission v. Mt. Olympus Financial, L.L.C., 211 F.3d 1278 (table), 2000 WL 419825 (10th Cir. Apr. 17, 2000).
  • Alexander v. Security Indus. Ins. (WD La); Beverly v. Security Indus. Ins. (WD La); Cothran v. Security Indus. Ins. (WD La); Smith v. Security Indus. Ins. (ED La), Sutherland v. Security Indus. Ins. (ED La)
  • Burton v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 02-3262 (10th Cir.)
  • Children’s Broad. Corp. v. Walt Disney Co., 357 F.3d 860 (8th Cir. 2004)
  • City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio v. Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, 538 U.S. 188 (2003).
  • Crown Cork & Seal Co. v. Int'l Ass'n of Machinists..., No. 8:03cv00222 (D. Neb.); Lawhorn v. Crown..., No. 1:03cv461 (S.D. Ohio); Crown... v. Un. Steelworkers..., No. 1:03cv3882 (N.D. Ill.); Crown... v. Un. Steelworkers...,
  • Crown Cork & Seal Co. v. United Steel Workers of Am. Int’l Union, AFL-CIO, No. 04-1139 (3d Cir.)
  • DaimlerChrysler Corp. v. Gibson, 534 U.S. 1104 (2002) (cert. denied)
  • DiStefano v. Maclay, 102 Fed. Appx. 188 (2d Cir. 2004)
  • Fred E. Weiderhold, Jr., as Inspector General, National Railroad Passenger Corporation v. Bombardier, Inc., Alstom Transportation, Inc. and Northeast Corridor Maintenance Services Company, Case #1:05-mc-00367 (U.S.D.C. for the District of Columbia)
  • Gritzer v. CBS, Inc., 275 F.3d 291 (3d Cir. 2002).
  • In re Dana Corporation, et al., Case No. 06-10354 (BRL) (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
  • In re Simon II Litig., 211 F.R.D. 86 (E.D.N.Y. 2002), Appeal Pending (2d Cir.)
  • In Re Simon Litigation II, Docket Nos. 03-7140, -7141, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, decided May 6, 2005
  • Intermatic Inc. v. The Lamson & Sessions Co., 273 F.3d 1355 (Fed. Cir.), vacated and remanded, 535 U.S. 722 (2002), remanded, 60 Fed. Appx. 805 (2003)
  • Liggett Group Inc. v. Engle, 853 So.2d 434 (Fla. 3d DCA 2003); Engle v. Liggett Group Inc., No. SC03-1856 (Fla. 2004)
  • Lingle v. Chevron U.S.A. Inc., 125 S.Ct. 2074
  • Lorillard Tobacco Co. v. Reilly, 533 U.S. 525 (2001)
  • Mason v. Am. Tobacco Co., 346 F.3d 36 (2d Cir. 2003), cert. denied, 124 S. Ct. 2163 (2004)
  • McConnell v. Fed. Election Comm'n, 540 U.S. 93
  • Moore v. ICANN, et al. (N.D. Ala. No. 07-1153)
  • Ortega v. Star-Kist Foods, Inc., Case No. 04-79 (U.S.); Rosario-Ortega v. Star Kist Foods,Inc., 370 F.3d 124 (1st. Cir. 2004)
  • Tamko Roofing Prods., Inc. v. United Steelworkers of Am., Local 1071L, 534 U.S. 1156 (2002) (Denying certiorari)
  • Texas Instruments Inc. v. Tessera, Inc., 231 F.3d 1325 (Fed. Cir. 2000)
  • Turner v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. et al., C.A. No. 00-L-113 (Ill. Cir. Ct. (3rd Jud. Cir.) Illinois)
  • University of Rochester v. G.D. Searle & Co., Inc., Monsanto Co., Pharmacia Corporation, Pfizer Inc., No.04-476 (U.S.)

West Practice Categories

Bankruptcy Litigation, Class Actions, Complex Litigation, Copyrights, Federal Appellate Practice, Federal Claims Court, Federal Trial Practice, Intellectual Property Law, International Intellectual Property, International Trade Litigation, Litigation & Appeals, Military & Veterans Appeals, Multidistrict Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patents, State Appellate Practice, State Trial Practice, Tax Litigation, Technology Licensing, Trade Dress, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, US Supreme Court


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York, Third Department


  • Columbia University - New York

Published Works

  • Survey of the Federal Circuit's Patent Law Decisions in 2006: A New Chapter in the Ongoing Dialogue With the Supreme Court, 56 American University Law Review 101, 2007
  • Comment: Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs, Engage, vol. 2, issue 4, at 54, 2003
  • A Theory of Scrivener’s Error, 52 Rutgers Law Review 589, 2000