October 16, 2012
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Valek has joined the firm’s Dallas office as of counsel. Previously at Vinson & Elkins, he will continue to focus his law practice on patent litigation.
Valek has represented companies in patent litigation at all phases of discovery, trial, and appeal. He has experience with a broad range of technology areas, including life sciences, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications, and has tried patent cases in both district court and before the International Trade Commission.
Valek was named as a “Texas Rising Star” in intellectual property litigation by Texas Monthly Magazine (2008-2012). He currently serves as a member by invitation of the amicus committee for the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) and co-authored amicus briefs on behalf of the ABA in several significant patent cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, including In re Seagate, Therasense, and most recently in The Association of Molecular Pathology case on remand from the Supreme Court.
He previously served as law clerk to Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the Federal Circuit. He graduated with high honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 2003, where he was a Chancellor-at-Large, a member of the Order of the Coif, and served as the staff editor of Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona in 2000 with a degree in biochemistry.