Areas of Practice
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., Harlan Fiske Scholar, 2009
  • Rice University, B.A., 2002
Bar & Court Admissions
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Michael E. Flynn-O'Brien

1 Market Street
Steuart Tower, Suite 1800
San Francisco CA 94105
TEL: +1 415 365 6713
FAX: +1 415 365 6699

Michael E. Flynn-O'Brien is an associate in Steptoe's San Francisco office.

Mr. Flynn-O'Brien’s practice focuses primarily on intellectual property disputes, including litigation involving patent, copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, and trade secret misappropriation.  He has represented a wide variety of software, gaming, networking, and other technology companies in state, federal, and arbitral venues throughout the country, relating to internet gaming, digital coupons, network interface technologies, power management of server systems, and enterprise software used to manage endpoint devices.

Mr. Flynn-O’Brien has a real-world technical background that he brings to bear on complex technical and intellectual property disputes.  As a web developer and consultant for seven years prior to becoming an attorney, he developed direct experience with numerous programming languages and web technologies, including XHTML, CSS, JavaScript/Ajax, PHP, ASP/.NET, ColdFusion, SQL, MySQL, XML.  Mr. Flynn-O’Brien also has case-driven experience with a variety of hardware and software platforms involving RTL, Verilog, C, and C#.

Mr. Flynn-O’Brien also has broad experience in many types of business litigation, with particular emphasis on international and commercial arbitration, complex technical disputes, breach of contract, and cross-border investments.  He has represented companies, investors, and sovereign states in arbitration proceedings throughout the world, including the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), and the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS) in San Francisco.