Michael Polka is an associate in the Palo Alto office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, practicing in the firm’s Intellectual Property group.
His practice has focused on intellectual property litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trademark, and copyright infringement matters, in front of federal courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has experience with litigation at all phases and has been a member of three trial teams. Michael has represented clients in a variety of industries including energy production, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, mechanical and chemical industrial processing, automotive, and cryptocurrency.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with honors from the University of Texas in 2006. Michael then practiced as an engineer with General Electric in its nuclear energy division, where he graduated from the Edison Engineering Development Program and focused primarily on software development relating to nuclear fuel safety and performance, while also obtaining his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2010. he left GE to attend law school, graduating cum laude from Fordham University School of Law in 2016.
Michael is admitted to practice in California, New York, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Courts of Appeal for the Second, Ninth, and Federal Circuits, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, and the Northern District of Ohio.
He is also a longtime member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Patents.
*Admitted only in New York and currently practicing under the guidance of the Principals of the Firm; pending admissions to California.
Fordham University - 2016 Juris Doctor
North Carolina State University - 2010 Master of Science
University of Texas - 2006 Bachelor of Science
New York Bar