The founder and senior leader of Morgan Lewis’s international trademark and copyright practice, Michael F. Clayton represents clients in intellectual property transactions and litigates to protect and defend their intellectual property assets. His litigation work focuses on trademark, copyright, trade secret, false advertising, and unfair competition matters. A member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) panel of mediators, Michael and his team represent some of the world’s leading corporations across many industries, including consumer products and life sciences and healthcare.
Michael has been recognized by many publications for his intellectual property work. World Trademark Review named him one of the top 20 trademark practitioners in the United States, and American Lawyer Media’s Legal Times named him one of the 15 “Leading Lawyers in Intellectual Property” in the Washington, DC, region. He was recognized as a Life Sciences Star in LMG 2013/2014.
Michael remains committed to pro bono and community service work. He serves on the boards of Newman’s Own Foundation and Historic Sotterley Inc. and as general counsel to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial pro bono. Michael was the first recipient of the Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill endowment for the Lecturer in Law fellowship at the University of Virginia. He was the first to teach the course “Principles and Practice: Regulation of the Competitive Process (Intellectual Property)” at the university. Michael frequently lectures and writes on intellectual property law.
University of Virginia School of Law, 1980, J.D.
Wake Forest University, 1977, B.A.
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
Awards and Affiliations
Member, INTA Panel of Neutrals
Board of Directors, International Trademark Association (INTA), 2002-2005
Co-Chair, 2001 INTA Annual Meeting
Listed, An International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers (2002–present)
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–present), Advertising, Copyright, Trademark Law and IP Litigation