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Welcome to my personal profile! Please feel free to contact me if you should have any questions. Best regards, Mike Keyes


Practice areas


  1. Copyright: 30%
    17 years
  2. Trademark: 30%
    17 years
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 15%
    17 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    17 years
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Pro bono (1%)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • William M. Symmes

    Mike is a smart and zealous advocate. Always prepared and knows his subject well.


    William Symmes Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • John Stuart Reid

    Mr. Keyes is THE go-to guy when it comes to litigating matters relating to trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other intellectual property. He is very professional, and equally approachable. Michael Keyes is the “Atticus Finch” of IP litigation. (Of course, you all remember Atticus Finch from the novel and the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird", right?)


    John Reid Patent application Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Dorsey & Whitney

701 5th Ave Ste 6100
Seattle, WA, 98104-7043


NYCurrently registered 201303/07/2016
IDAuthorized to practice law200307/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
BV RatingMartindale2008
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Rising StarN/A2007
Who's Who Among American Teachers & EducatorsWho's Who Among American Teachers & Educators2007
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2006
Rising StarN/A2006
BV RatingN/A2006
Harlan Fiske Stone ScholarColumbia University School of Law1999
1st Place Team--National Moot Court, NW RegionAssociation of the Bar of the City of New York1997
CALI Award (formerly AMJUR)--Legal ResearchN/A1997
"Best Oralist" Award Association of the Bar of the City of New York1997
CALI Award (formerly AMJUR)--EvidenceN/A1997
CALI Award (formerly AMJUR)--Legal ResearchN/A1996
Winner of Concerto CompetitionLoyola University School of Music1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDorsey & Whitney, LLP2015 - Present
PartnerK&L Gates2007 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorGonzaga University School of Law2003 - Present
AssociatePreston Gates & Ellis2001 - 2007
AssociatePaine Hamblen Coffin Brooke & Miller2000 - 2001
Law Clerk to Justice Gerry AlexanderWashington State Supreme Court1999 - 2000
Law ClerkNew York Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts1999 - 1999
Rule 9 InternGonzaga University School of Law1998 - 1998
Law ClerkLaw Office of Michael F. Keyes1995 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association IP SectionChair2006 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor SocietyMemberN/A
Supreme Court Historical SocietyMemberN/A
Copyright Society of the USAMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Copyright Litigation CommitteeCo-Chair2006 - 2007
American Bar Association, Copyright Litigation CommitteeCo-chair2006 - 2007
Washington State Bar Association IP SectionChair-elect2005 - 2006
Spokane County Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionImmediate Past President2005 - 2006
Intellectual Property SectionSec-Treasurer2004 - 2004
Spokane County Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionPresident2004 - 2005
Spokane County Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionCo-founder2003 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brett Bros. Sports International, Inc. v. Easton-Bell Sports, Inc.,Plaintiff settled
Levi Strauss & Co v. Abercrombie & FitchPending
Levi Strauss v. Abercomrbie & FitchComplete Defense Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Portfolio Media (Law360)6 Consumer Survey Criticisms for Lanham Act Litigators2014
Spokane Journal of BusinessClicking Carefully in Legal Sphere of Social Media2014
ABA Litigation NewsletterThe Expanded Scope of Declaratory Judgement Jursidcition in Trademark Cases After MedImmune v. Genentech2008
Spokane Journal of BusinessRegister Your Architecture Copyrights Early2007
Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law ReviewMusical Musings: The Case For Rethinking Music Copyright Protection2004
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsHas The Duration of Copyright Turned Wrong?2003
Seattle Law ReviewWhatever Happens To Works Deferred? Reflections On The Ill—Given Deferments Of The Copyright Term Extension Act2002
UnknownInternet Copyright Law Resembles The Wild West2001
Gonzaga Law ReviewState v. Rose: The Re—emergence of Colonial Writs?1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawN/ALL.M - Master of Laws, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar1999
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, Magnum Cum Laude1998
Tbilisi State ConservatoirePiano Performance, Graduate StudiesN/A1994
Loyola University New OrleansN/AB.M1993
Gonzaga PrepN/AN/A1989
St. Thomas MoreN/AN/A1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Practising Law InstituteDesigning Effective Consumer Surveys in Trademark Infringement and False Advertising Disputes2015
Washington State Bar AssociationDesign and Use of Consumer Surveys in Lanham Act Cases—Recent Developments2014
American Intellectual Property Law Association2013 Spring Meeting, “Use of Non-Patent Literature During Patent Examination—Fair or Infringing?2013
Practising Law InstituteCopyright Enforcement in the Data Era2012
ABA Spring ConferenceTrollings, Take Downs, and Transfers: An Audiovisual Odyssey Through The World of Copyright2012
Practising Law InstituteUnderstanding Copyright in the Data Era2011
Practising Law InstituteCopyright Litigation2010
ABA Spring ConferenceOf Courts and Copyists: The Year in Review2010
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationRecoveries in IP Litigation: Hotspots and Trends in Copyright, Trademark, and Patent Damages2009
ABA Spring ConferenceThe Year in Copyright2009
Intellectual Property Institute featuring 9th Circuit Chief Judge, The Hon. Alex KozinskiTrademark Law Update2008
American Intellectual Property Law Association 2008 Mid-Winter Institute“A Survey of Licensing Strategies One Year After MedImmune”,2008
American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Spring ConferenceAn Audiovisual Tour Through The Year in Copyright2008
WSBA Intellectual Property InstituteCo-Chair of Institute2007
WSBA Corporate Counsel InstituteTop 10 IP Tips2007
Washington State Bar Association Corporate Counsel InstituteTrademark Law For General Counsel2007
K&L Gates Monthly IP MeetingCopyright's Greatest Hits, 2006-20072007
ABA Intellectual Property Section Spring MeetingCopyright in the Courts: Issues of First Impression2007
Intellectual Property SectionCopyright Law For The IP Attorney2006
K&L GatesArchitecture & Engineering in the Digital Age2006
Intellectual Property CLEChair2006
Copyright Essentials -- Protection for Architecture and MapsCopyright Protection2006
American Bar Association Intellectual Property Annual MeetingSpyware Resolution Debate2006
Washington State Music Teachers Association Leadership ConferenceCopyright & The World of Music2005
Coeur d’ Alene Chamber of CommerceTop Ten Trademark Tips2005
WSMTA Annual ConferenceCopyright Law for Music Teachers2005
Northwest Museum of Arts & CultureProtecting Your Artistic Creations in the Digital Age2005
Great Falls Advertising FederationCopyright Law & The World of Advertising2004
Register Your Work: Nutes and Bolts of Copyright RegistrationCopyright registration2004
Emerald Education GroupPitfalls for the Unwary: Recognition, Protection & Enforcement of IP Rights2004
Copyright Law For The Self-PublisherCopyright Law For The Self-Publisher2004
Intellectual Property Conference for High Tech BusinessesIntellectual Property Protection for High Tech Businesses2003
Copyright & The World of AdvertisingCopyright & The World of Advertising2003
Protecting Your IP: Trade Secrets & PatentsProtecting Your IP: Trade Secrets & Patents2001
Copyright & Your BusinessCopyright & Your Business2001