Michael D. Ellis | Partner

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    Commercial Litigation
    Intellectual Property


    Michael is an experienced litigator who has a passion for helping clients navigate intellectual property and complex commercial matters. As a licensed patent attorney and a biomedical engineer, Michael brings institutional and practical knowledge to his intellectual property practice and provides clients with relevant and practical advice on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. He represents patent clients in district and appellate courts, as well as in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in a variety of fields, and has successfully advocated matters involving technologies based in biomedicine, computer networking, oilfield drilling, and industrial manufacturing. Michael also obtains and enforces trademarks on behalf of trademark owners and defends businesses who have been accused of trademark infringement. Michael’s copyright practice includes helping creators protect their works and advising clients on best copyright practices. Michael also works with businesses to protect their trade secrets, which helps clients maintain a competitive edge.

    Michael’s distinguished legal career also includes a commercial practice wherein he represents plaintiffs and defendants in disputes involving contract issues, as well as a variety of business torts, including fraud, misappropriation, disparagement, and tortious interference. His peers selected him for inclusion in the Thomson Reuters Texas SuperLawyers Rising Stars List every year since 2018. Rising Stars is a designation of top-rated practicing attorneys selected through extensive evaluation. Michael’s credentials include internships with the Honorable Walter S. Smith, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco Division, and the Honorable Steven Kirkland of the 215th Civil District Court in Houston. In addition, he is a 2022 graduate of Leadership Montgomery County and served as an Associate in the Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.

    Prior to embarking on his legal career, Michael had a successful career at a medical device company, where he handled and managed domestic and international sales, technical support, and product development. Michael utilizes this business, regulatory, and engineering experience to better represent clients.

    A native Houstonian, Michael lives in The Woodlands with his wife and three children. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys both water and snow skiing.



    + J.D. cum laude, Baylor University School of Law ,
    + Baylor Law Review, Managing Executive Editor
    + Tulane University, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering,


    + Texas
    + United States Patent and Trademark Office
    + United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
    + United States Court of Appeals for the 5th and Federal Circuits

    Professional Experience

    + 2021-Present -
    Stibbs & Co., P.C. - Senior Associate
    + 2019-2021 -
    Seiler Mitby, PLLC - Associate
    + 2016-2019 -
    Antonelli, Harrington, & Thompson, LLP - Associate
    + 2014-2016 -
    Gray, Reed & McGraw, PC - Associate


    + Panther Creek Village Association: Board Member


    + American Bar Association
    + Houston Bar Association
    + The Woodlands Bar Association
    + Montgomery County Bar Association