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Michael K. Lindsey

Michael K. Lindsey


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Michael K. Lindsey is a corporate and transactional lawyer, with more than 35 years of experience in the areas of intellectual property, cyberlaw and trade regulation.  He received his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Texas A&M University and his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School.

Mr. Lindsey’s intellectual property practice includes the acquisition, development, protection and licensing of various forms of intellectual property.  In the cyberlaw area, Mr. Lindsey represents diverse clients on matters ranging from domain name disputes to e-commerce structuring, new media development, co-branding, alliance and other marketing arrangements.  His practice in the trade regulation area involves antitrust preventive counseling; merger analysis and structuring; franchise disclosure, registration and relationship matters; and advice concerning the sale, distribution and marketing of products and services through manufacturing, joint venture, distribution, dealership and agency relationships.

Mr. Lindsey has spoken and written extensively in the fields in which he practices.  He serves as co-editor-in-chief of International Franchise Sales Laws (ABA 2006, supplements 2009 – 2011, and 2d ed. 2015).  He is also a co-author of The Intellectual Property Handbook: A Practical Guide for Franchise, Business and IP Counsel (ABA 2005 and 2d ed. 2016), Fundamentals of Franchising (ABA 4th ed. 2015), Antitrust Handbook for Franchise and Distribution Practitioners (ABA 2008), Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments 2003 (ABA 2003) and International Sales Transaction Checklist (IBA 2003).  He also served as co-editor-in-chief of the treatise State Antitrust Law and Statutes (ABA 2d ed. 1999); and as editor-in-chief of the monograph Franchise Protection: Laws Against Termination and Establishment of Additional Franchises (ABA 1990). In addition, he has authored or co-authored a number of legal articles, including articles in Antitrust Magazine, Antitrust Counselor, Business Law International, Business & Technology Law Report, California Lawyer, the Computer & Internet Lawyer, Franchising World, International Bar News, the International Business Lawyer, International Journal of Franchising Law, the Los Angeles Daily Journal and other legal and business publications.

Mr. Lindsey has been active for a number of years in various Bar organizations, including the ABA Forum on Franchising, for which he served as a member of the Governing Committee, co-chair of the 2011 annual meeting and Director of the International Division; the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, for which he served on the Section’s Council and chair of several committees; the California State Bar, for which he served as chair of the Franchise Law Committee; and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, for which he served as a senior officer, Treasurer and Trustee of both the Association and its charitable affiliate, Council for Justice.  He currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the USC Intellectual Property Law Institute.  His recent past positions include chair of the Computer Industry & Internet Committee of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, member of ABA Steering Committees on Continuing Legal Education and Technology and Information Systems, and officer of the International Franchising Committee of the International Bar Association.

Active in civic affairs as well, Mr. Lindsey currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, and previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum Foundation.  He has also served as President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Jonathan Club.  Mr. Lindsey is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and in Who’s Who Legal.  Mr. Lindsey was a partner at Paul Hastings LLP for more than 30 years before joining Steinbrecher & Span.

Mr. Lindsey’s email address is: [email protected]



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