Michelle Galloway

Of Counsel
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About Michelle

Michelle Greer Galloway's technology litigation practice focuses on patent litigation and strategic counseling. She also advises clients on legal, strategic and technical issues of information management, including electronically stored information and compliance.  She is a contributing editor of The Sedona Conference Primer on Social Media (1st and 2nd editions).

She also advises clients in the area of risk management, compliance, and ethics. She is the past Chair of the ABA Intellectual Property Section, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee and Chaired an ABA Task Force regarding USPTO proposed disciplinary rule changes. In 2013, Michelle was awarded the ABA IPL Recognition of Outstanding Leadership Contribution.

Michelle currently serves on the Litigation Executive Committee for the California Lawyers Association and she serves on CLA’s Racial Justice Committee.

She has a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell and has taken courses related to neuroscience and leadership.

Michelle is a lecturer teaching courses in patent litigation and leadership and management skills at Stanford Law School and a lecturer at Santa Clara Law School teaching courses in patent litigation, pre-trial litigation techniques, and law practice management. She is an active volunteer at Stanford Law School, including serving as past Chair of the Law Fund and a member of the Stanford Associates. Michelle is a 2012 recipient of the Stanford Associates Governors' Award to honor exemplary volunteer service to the University and the 2020 recipient of the Stanford Medal for decades of volunteer service.

She speaks on a range of topics to both lawyer and non-lawyer audiences has lectured on a wide range of both legal and leadership topics such as attorney ethics, IP ethics, confidentiality and privilege, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) topics, elimination of bias (including differences related to gender, race, age, culture, and neurodiversity), health and wellness topics including mindfulness, ediscovery, patent litigation, and communication and influence strategies.  Michelle has been a speaker at conferences and meetings of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, IPO, Advanced Patent Law Institute, Silicon Valley IP Law Association, San Francisco IP Law Association, Silicon Valley General Counsel Association's Annual Meeting, Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute, Santa Clara County Bar Association, Santa Cruz County Bar Association, California Women Lawyers, Athena San Diego, SunLaw, 100 Women in Finance, and Boston WEST.  

Michelle joined Cooley in August 1993 and was a partner of the firm from January 1997 through April 2000. She now serves as of counsel at Cooley while also teaching at Stanford and Santa Clara law schools. Prior to joining Cooley, Michelle was a litigation associate in the Palo Alto office of Brown & Bain, where she focused on patent and copyright litigation. During 1995, she served as an assistant district attorney for the County of San Francisco.

Michelle received a JD in 1989 from Stanford Law School, where she was the topics development editor of the Stanford Law Review. She received a bachelor's degree, with distinction, from Stanford University in 1986 where she majored in both economics and political science. She is a past-president and long-time board member of Cap & Gown, Stanford's women's honor society and is an active volunteer.

She is admitted to practice in the US District Courts, Northern, Central and Southern Districts in California and in the Courts of Appeals, Federal Circuit and the Ninth Circuit.


Stanford Law School
JD, 1989

Stanford University
BA, 1986, Economics, Political Science, with distinction

Court admissions

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

US District Court for the Central District of California

US District Court for the Northern District of California

US District Court for the Southern District of California

Memberships & affiliations

American Bar Association

Santa Clara County Bar Association