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Michael J. Carrozza


With 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and a passion for technology, Michael focuses his law practice on intellectual property litigation and licensing, and advises clients on intellectual property in mergers and acquisitions, open source software use and compliance, and freedom-to-operate issues.  Michael has counseled clients of all sizes on diverse technologies, including audio/visual electronics, wireless communication systems, medical devices, smartphone applications, and computer hardware and software.

Michael developed technical expertise in such areas as ISDN, xDSL, frame relay, and analog/digital alarm circuits through his work with AT&T.  As an undergraduate, Michael focused his studies in electrical engineering on signal processing and communications systems, and performed research with the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Wireless Network and Communications Research Center (WiNCom).  Michael leverages his experience with AT&T and strong background in electrical engineering to uniquely solve his clients’ legal issues.  

Michael graduated first in his class from The John Marshall Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law and a teaching assistant for IP Legal Writing.  He also helped under-resourced inventors obtain patent protection through his law school’s patent clinic. 

When away from his practice, Michael enjoys golfing, fishing, amateur photography, and tinkering with all things electronic.

Related Experience

  • Telecommunications Technician at AT&T, Special Circuits Group


  • How "Exceptional" is Your Patent Case? Intellectual Property Today (November 2013) View File
  • Once Again, Judiciary Beats Congress To Patent Reform, Law360 (October 2013) View File
  • What Not to Say to Competitors, Post-MedImmune, Executive Counsel (Dec/Jan 2013) View File


  • “Patent Ineligibility Post-Alice,” Scott McBride & Michael Carrozza, McAndrews, Held & Malloy (CLE), January 15, 2015
  • “Understanding the Flow and Ebb of District Court Opinions After Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l,” Scott McBride & Michael Carrozza, McAndrews, Held & Malloy (CLE), November 20, 2014
  • "Open Source Software: Fundamentals, Licensing and Litigation," McAndrews, Held & Malloy (CLE), June 5, 2014
  • “Marking the Boundary of Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction in a Post-MedImmune World:  What Clients Shouldn’t Say to Competitors,” McAndrews, Held & Malloy (CLE), July 18, 2012
  • “Trade Secrets in the Information Age:  Making Cybercriminals Pay with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,” McAndrews, Held & Malloy (CLE), July 14, 2011

Honors & Awards

  • National Order of Scribes
  • Best Oralist in the Fred F. Herzog Moot Court Competition
  • Recipient of CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Corporations, Remedies, Intellectual Property Licensing, Art Law, Civil Procedure, Contracts, and Constitutional Law

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions / Registrations

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, B.S., Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude