Michael Sheetz


Market-leading companies, entrepreneurs and executives rely on me for their winning solution whether in the courtroom or at the negotiating table.

Mike Sheetz has over 30 years of experience handling trade secret and business litigation in federal and state courts throughout the US. He has acted as lead trial counsel in many complex commercial and employment-related matters. Among the many varied cases Mike has handled, he has prosecuted or defended dozens of trade secret and non-competition cases in Massachusetts and in more than 15 other states, for technology and life sciences companies, among others. Mike has also led complex internal investigations on a wide variety of issues for both for profit and not-for-profit clients. He routinely advises boards of directors and CEOs in high profile, bet-the-company matters. His diverse practice also includes representing many senior business executives. For much of his career, Mike has negotiated employment agreements (either company-side or on behalf of management) involving senior management teams, CEOs and other C-level executives. He also leads Cooley’s national sports practice.

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  • Trial Victory in Unfair Competition Case for Uber 

  • Paterno Estate Drops Sandusky Fallout Suit Against NCAA 

  • Pure Storage - $488 million IPO 

  • Federal Judge Upholds Equitable Admissions Policy for Boston Exam Schools 

Michael Sheetz is not just simply an outstanding attorney; he is a strategic adviser, councilor and mentor. – Client quote in Chambers USA

  • Georgetown University Law Center
    JD, cum laude, 1986

  • Tufts University
    BA, Political Science and Latin
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981

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Rankings & Accolades

    Legal 500: Trade Secrets (Litigation and Non-contentious Matters)

    Chambers USA: Commercial Litigation - Massachusetts/Litigation: General Commercial

    Massachusetts Super Lawyer

    Excellence in Pro Bono – Mass Lawyers Weekly