College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

ME alum named “2016 Attorney of the Year”

michael kane's senior photo in the 1982 yearbook
Michael Kane’s senior photo from the 1982 ISU yearbook.

Mechanical engineering alumnus Michael Kane, along with two other principals from the Twin Cities office of the law firm Fish & Richardson, have been named “2016 Attorneys of the Year” in the team category by the independent newspaper Minnesota Lawyer.

Kane and his colleagues – John Dragseth and William Woodford – were recognized for their June 2016 U.S. Supreme Court win while representing Halo Electronics, Inc. The case was the capstone of a nine-year patent litigation between Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Halo Electronics, Inc.

Kane graduated from Iowa State in 1981 with honors in mechanical engineering.  He then received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1994. Kane specializes in patent and trademark litigation, particularly in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and electrical and medical devices.

In addition to each holding a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, Dragseth and Woodford also have degrees in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, respectively.

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