Michael Qian, a member of Morrison & Foerster’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice, has significant experience briefing cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts across the country. Michael also has successfully presented oral argument in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits.
Michael’s practice encompasses a wide range of subjects. He has handled appeals and critical motions in cases involving constitutional law, jurisdiction and procedure, statutory interpretation, patents, arbitration, and class actions. For example, Michael drafted a winning Federal Circuit brief that secured dismissal of a patent-infringement suit against our client on the ground that the asserted patents claimed unpatentable subject matter. He also drafted a winning Third Circuit brief in a patent-licensing suit that not only secured affirmance of a $31 million judgment but also won a cross-appeal entitling our client to prejudgment interest on that judgment.
Michael contributes to both of our appellate blogs: Left Coast Appeals, which keeps tabs on the Ninth Circuit, and Federal Circuitry, which takes a data-driven approach to analyzing the Federal Circuit and its decisions.
Before joining Morrison & Foerster, Michael worked in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General as a Bristow Fellow. He participated in litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, advised on authorization of government appeals, and successfully briefed and argued an appeal in the Ninth Circuit.
Michael served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and then-Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Michael graduated first in his class from Stanford Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the Stanford Law Review. While at Stanford, Michael won Best Oralist in the Kirkwood Moot Court competition. He also helped draft merits- and certiorari-stage briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court as a member of the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Before law school, Michael worked as a business strategy consultant at a major international firm.