Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
Michelle Armond
I win when my clients win.

Michelle Armond


At a Glance

  • J.D. University of California - Berkeley School of Law
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

Michelle Armond practices in intellectual property litigation and appeals, and serves as co-chair of the firm's Patent Office Litigation practice group. Her experience includes inter partes review and contested proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB); patent, copyright, and trademark infringement lawsuits in federal court; and appeals to the Federal Circuit. She has successfully represented both patent owners and patent challengers as lead counsel in these sophisticated and complex disputes and subsequent appeals.

A technical litigator, Michelle is a Caltech-trained electrical engineer and registered patent attorney. She defends, prosecutes, and resolves serious disputes involving a wide array of technologies and products, including consumer electronics, integrated circuits, telecommunications, electronic storage, power electronics, computer software, medical devices, consumer goods, home décor, and toys. Her successes including over $500 million in jury verdicts have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalThe EconomistIntellectual Property Today, the Daily Journal, and Law360. In addition, Michelle is consistently recognized as outstanding in her field. She was named to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 and Under Hotlist in 2018, recognizing top litigators in the U.S. She is a Los Angeles Magazine “Rising Star” and has been listed among “Southern California’s Top Women Attorneys."

Passionate about the law and the cost-effective delivery of high-quality legal services, Michelle consistently delivers outstanding writing skills, a high level of organization, and immediate responsiveness with an amiable, fun personality and sense of humor that clients and colleagues alike appreciate. With disputes that range in value from millions to hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, Michelle’s ability to foster immediate rapport in court is one of her strongest assets as manifest in her track record of success. In addition to her immediate and natural charisma, Michelle’s analytical acumen helps her to distill even the most sophisticated cases into effective arguments, while her writing abilities and courtroom presence allow for the persuasive communication of her client’s position with judges, juries, and other involved parties.

Notably, Michelle served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. She is a frequent invited speaker and teaches courses covering advanced Federal Circuit appellate patent law for the nationally recognized Patent Resources Group.

Clerkship Experience

  • Law clerk to the Honorable Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C (2003-2005)


  • University of California - Berkeley School of Law (J.D. 2003), Boalt Hall Certificate in Law & Technology, California Law Review - Articles Editor, Berkeley Technology Law Journal - Articles Editor
  • California Institute of Technology (B.S. Electrical Engineering 2000), with honor
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