Michael J. Carrozza Partner
Michael Carrozza is a partner at McAndrews 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. He was recognized as an Illinois Rising Star in 2018.
Michael has counseled clients of all sizes on the complex legal issues associated with diverse technologies, including audio/visual electronics, wireless communication systems (OFDM, OFDMA, WiFi, LTE, IEEE 802.11), medical devices, hospital beds, endoscopic systems, neurological monitors, balloon sinuplasty, smartphone applications, LED lighting technologies and computer hardware and software. While most of his clients have been technology-based companies, Michael has also counseled non-technical clients, including nonprofits, authors, food distributors and clothing retailers.
Michael developed technical expertise in such areas as ISDN, xDSL, frame relay, and analog/digital alarm circuits during fifteen years of experience at 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). He graduated summa cum laude, with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Michael leverages his experience with AT&T and his strong background in electrical engineering to uniquely solve his clients’ legal issues.
Michael graduated first in his class and summa cum laude 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. While in law school, he received 7 CALI awards, and was recognized as Best Oral Advocate in the Fred F. Herzog Moot Court competition.
Clients value his extraordinary attention to detail, his patience and thoroughness, and his ability to understand and communicate complex legal issues and sensible solutions in a clear, concise way. He is also an expert brief writer and oral advocate, and applies his abilities in a wide range of legal proceedings, including patent litigation, contested patent office proceedings, arbitration, mergers & acquisitions counseling, technology licensing and counseling on open source software-related issues.
His approach is to analyze the complex legal issues involving a client’s technology, identify nuances and evaluate the strength of opposing arguments, then apply his professional experience and legal knowledge to the goal of finding the most cost-effective solution that maximizes his client’s position. Sometimes this results in achieving maximum gains for a plaintiff, while other times it results in minimizing a defendant’s risk or exposure.
When away from his practice, Michael enjoys golfing, fishing, amateur photography, and unsurprisingly, tinkering with all things electronic.
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