Michael H. Durbin practices intellectual property law in the Litigation Department of Lewis Rice, including patent and trademark prosecution. He has represented inventors and companies in many diverse areas of technology including computers and telecommunications, medical devices, bicycle components, and chemical applications. In addition to practicing law, Michael is an avid cyclist.

Prior to joining Lewis Rice, Michael worked for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP in Washington, D.C. Michael was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch for 2023-2024.

Practice Areas


  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (J.D., 2011)
    • Patent Law Track
    • Wiley Rutledge Moot Court
    • Environmental Moot Court
  • Duke University (M.S., 2006)
    • Engineering Management
  • Duke University (B.S.E., 2005)
    • Electrical Engineering

Legal Background

  • Patent Litigation Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP (2015-2016)
  • Patent Litigation Associate, Pepper Hamilton, LLP (2012-2015)
  • Patent Prosecution Associate, Oliff & Berridge, PLC (2011-2012)
  • Examiner, Art Unit 2815, United States Patent and Trademark Office (2006-2008)


  • Virginia Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office