Michael Collyard has been lead counsel on cases of all sizes including multi-billion dollar financial and securities cases and multi-million dollar intellectual property, antitrust, and commercial cases. He has successfully represented clients on both sides of the “v,” recovering hundreds of millions for plaintiffs and saving billions for defendants.
Mr. Collyard has first chaired jury and bench trials in both federal and state courts. For example, he recently first chaired a complex federal jury trial and after the case was over, the judge’s court reporter told his trial team that Mr. Collyard’s opening statement and examinations were some of the best she had seen in more than 20 years of handling trials in federal court.
A retired state court judge who had watched a week of the trial also commented that Mr. Collyard’s performance was “phenomenal” and compared his direct and cross examinations to “pitching a no-hitter.”
Mr. Collyard has argued and won numerous dispositive motions and he has taken and defended hundreds of depositions in many different types of complex cases. Clients often call on him for his skills in these areas.
And although Mr. Collyard prepares every case to be efficiently handled with a targeted trial strategy in mind from the beginning, he also understands business and how to create business solutions. As one example, after Mr. Collyard successfully tried a case, he created a business solution that allowed his client to sell products that had been returned as not-sellable.
Mr. Collyard also knows how to run the most complex cases efficiently. He has created and implemented common sense approaches on cases that have saved clients millions of dollars in fees and costs. This led Mr. Collyard to creating and implementing his firm’s Ediscovery practice group, which is designed to protect clients and save them money at every stage of the litigation cycle.
In fact, the systems that Mr. Collyard created have been so effective that clients have hired him to step into their complex cases (being handled by other firms) to implement his strategies.
Mike has four young kids who are very loud, creative, and funny. He is very active outside the office and is usually playing electric guitar, big mountain skiing, skiing the local terrain parks with his kids, riding single-track trails on mountain or fat tire bikes, golfing with his kids, playing hockey with his old high school and college teammates, or riding his motorcycle.
- Hamline University School of Law, J.D.,
- University of St. Thomas, B.A.
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Minnesota
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- International Trademark Association
- Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
- New York Intellectual Property Law Association
- Federal Bar Association
- American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section)
- Hennepin County Bar Association
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