Michael A. Epstein

Michael A. Epstein
Michael Epstein retired from the partnership in 2022. He was the founder and former head of Weil’s Technology & IP Transactions practice and co-head of the Firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity group. Michael’s practice involved transactions, litigation and counseling in all areas of intellectual property. His transactional work included structuring and negotiating technology and intellectual property acquisitions and dispositions, technology transfer and licensing arrangements, outsourcing transactions and joint ventures and other targeted alliances. He also had extensive experience with respect to commercial transactions such as supply and sourcing agreements, distribution and other marketing agreements and services agreements, among others. He had extensive intellectual property litigation experience as well, including handling technology-related disputes and litigations involving non-compete agreements and false advertising.

Michael is the author of the treatises, Epstein on Intellectual Property and Modern Intellectual Property, a co-author of Online – Internet Law, International Intellectual Property and a co-editor of Drafting License Agreements, The Corporate Counsellor’s Deskbook, The Departing Employee, Doing Business in Eastern Europe, Biotechnology Law, The Trademark Law Revision Act, Joint Ventures and Other Cooperative Business Arrangements and Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and Other Safeguards. He is the author of more than 60 articles on intellectual property law as well. He lectured all over the world on intellectual property matters, including on such topics as trade secrets, biotechnology law, computer law, e-commerce, unfair competition, outsourcing, trademark law, licensing and non-compete agreements. Michael is a founder and co-editor of Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal; and a member of the Editorial Boards of Computer Lawyer, Intellectual Property Strategist and Cyberspace Lawyer.

Michael has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for Technology in New York by Chambers USA and has been “praised for his outstanding ability in litigation and licensing, outsourcing and strategic alliance transactions” and as “a seminal figure in the New York area” who “is very cutting-edge.” He was named to the “Hall of Fame” for Technology Transactions, Patents: Licensing and Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactions and was recommended for Healthcare: Life Sciences by Legal 500 US. Michael was recognized as a “Notable Practitioner” for IP Transactions, Patents and Trademarks by Managing Intellectual Property, a “Global Leader” in New York by IAM Global Leaders and “Highly Recommended” by IAM Patent 1000, with clients noting he is “not like your typical external service provider – he acts like he’s in-house and provides extremely close support. In negotiations, he’s reasonable yet tough, and he really pushes to reach your objectives.” Michael was also recognized as a leading lawyer for Technology Law in New York by Best Lawyers in America and for Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers.

Michael is active in community, philanthropic and public service matters. Michael is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Northwell Health System and a member of the board of Northwell’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. He is Co-Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Michael also serves on the boards of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and the Jonas Salk Foundation. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Arts & Sciences at Lehigh University and has served on advisory panels to Congress and to the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine on intellectual property matters. Michael was awarded the Distinguished Trustee Award by the United Hospital Fund and awarded the Saul Z. Cohen Leadership Award by The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. Michael is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, where he teaches ethics.

Michael is a member of the American Bar Association: Litigation Section; Intellectual Property Law Section; and Section on Business Law and a member of the New York State Bar Association: Intellectual Property Law Section.

Michael was a member of the Firm’s Corporate Leadership Team and the Firm’s Management Committee.