With more than a decade's experience, Michael J. Hickey focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, representing inventors and companies in diverse areas of technology including computers and telecommunications, medical devices, DNA and genomics research, chemical applications, and exercise equipment. His clients are individual inventors, startup companies, and significant market players including one of the largest bicycle component manufacturers in the world. His successes include winning summary judgment of patent non-infringement for a family-owned company where the opponent, a Fortune 100 company, sought more than $80 million in damages from his client.

Michael's practice covers patent and trademark prosecution as well as significant commercial litigation and appellate work. He clerked for the Hon. Theodore McMillian of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and he has served as a professor of patent law for the Ongoing Examiner Education Program at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Michael is a member of the Firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a former Chairman of the Firm's Recruiting Committee. He was selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars® 2010-2012 and Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® 2013-2021. Michael was also named by The Best Lawyers in America® for 2019-2022. Additionally, St. Louis Business Journal listed him among their "40 Under 40" in 2011.

Practice Areas


  • Harvard University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1999)
    • Harvard Environmental Law Review, senior technical editor
  • Harvard University (M.P.P., 1999)
  • Saint Louis University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1994)
    • Chemistry
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Alpha Sigma Nu

Legal Background

  • Professor of patent law, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - Ongoing Examiner Education Program (July 2007-2011)
  • Law clerk, Hon. Theodore McMillian, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (1999-2000)
  • Paralegal, Neighborhood Legal Services, Buffalo, NY (1994-1995)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP)
  • American Chemical Society


  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh, Eighth, and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern District of Missouri and Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • Missouri Bar
  • Illinois Bar

Charitable & Civic Activities

  • Co-Chair, Logistics Committee, Zoofari and A Zoo Ado, St. Louis Zoo (2009-present)
  • Board member, Trailnet
  • Vice President, Harvard Club of St. Louis (2008-2012)
  • Vice President, member, and Co-Chair, Jammin' at the Zoo, St. Louis Young Zoo Friends (2006-2008)
  • Soccer and basketball coach, St. Roch's School (2006-2012)

Honors & Awards

  • Patent Buddy® 2011-2013 Top Patent Prosecutor

Firm Committees

  • Member, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Former Chairman, Recruiting Committee