Director of Patent Investments
Michelle is responsible for Validity’s patent matters, including evaluating new cases for investment and managing funded cases.
Michelle brings more than ten years of patent and trade secret litigation experience to Validity, including significant courtroom experience. Prior to joining Validity, Michelle was special counsel at Baker Botts, where she represented both plaintiffs and defendants in the energy and technology sectors in high-stakes IP cases. Her cases included various oilfield-related technologies, telecommunications systems, data and video compression systems, and computer hardware and software technologies. Michelle is also a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has prepared and prosecuted a number of patent applications. Michelle was recognized as “One to Watch” in The Best Lawyers in America in 2022 and a Texas Super Lawyer – Rising Star for IP Litigation in 2020-2022.
Michelle received her JD with honors from The University of Texas School of Law, where she was a member of the Texas Law Review. She also received her MBA from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s of Science in systems engineering.