Michael Rhodes


I represent the world’s leading technology companies in the courtroom when they face new and unsettled issues found at the intersection of law and innovation.


Michael Rhodes, global chair of Cooley's cyber/data/privacy and internet practice groups, pairs his deep domain expertise with years of courtroom experience in handling the most challenging matters for leading technology companies. His experience spans intellectual property litigation of all types, privacy and data breach class actions, and high-profile trial engagements. Mike has formerly served in numerous management roles for the firm over the past two decades, including as the chair of the firm's national litigation department and member of its management committee.

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  • Rappi Defeats Trade Secret Misappropriation Case 

  • Trial Win for eBay in Delaware Shareholder Dispute 

  • Trial win for Facebook in patent case targeting “Like” button 

  • Defeated Class Certification in Gmail Class Actions With Potential of Damages in the Billions 

  • Complete win for virtual reality leader Oculus VR in trademark case 

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The best in the business. – Legal 500 US

  • Loyola Law School
    JD, with honors, 1984

  • University of California, Los Angeles
    BA, History

Admissions & Credentials



  • American Bar Association

  • San Diego County Bar Association

Rankings & Accolades

    The American Lawyer: Litigator of the Week

    Law360: Privacy & Consumer Protection MVP (2011-2017)

    Daily Journal: Top IP Litigators in California

    Daily Journal: Top 100 Lawyers in California

    National Law Journal: Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer

    Chambers USA: General Commercial Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation; Privacy & Data Security Litigation

    Legal 500: Hall of Fame, Leading Trial Lawyer, Cyber Law, Data Protection and Privacy

    Benchmark Litigation Star

    Managing Intellectual Property: IP Star

    Intellectual Asset Management: IAM Patent 1000

    The Recorder: Attorney of the Year (2010)

    Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation; Derivative Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation

    Southern California SuperLawyers: Business Litigation