Michael C. CannataPartner
Michael C. Cannata is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience litigating complex, intellectual property, insurance coverage and other commercial disputes in federal and state courts throughout the country.
A leader in his fields, Michael frequently publishes and lectures in his practice areas. Michael has been recognized, multiple times, in the Long Island Business News’ “Who’s Who in Intellectual Property,” and is routinely consulted by media outlets such as Newsday for commentary and analysis concerning trends in the intellectual property arena. Michael presently serves as Co-Chair of the Trademark Law and Practice Committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and, earlier this year, was installed as Co-Chair of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Insurance Law Committee.
Michael represents a wide range of clients, including product manufacturers and suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, contractors, medical practice groups, municipalities and insurers, as well as animation companies, websites, artists, jewelers, actors, musicians, restaurants and entrepreneurs.
Michael has secured the early resolution of lawsuits for his clients, including the summary dismissal of certain trade-dress infringement claims in a precedential decision concerning the applicability of trade-dress protection to consumer products. In addition, through the use of creative, forward-thinking negotiation strategies, Michael has also leveraged favorable business resolutions of countless matters before litigation even commences.
Apart from his active litigation practice, Michael also counsels his clients on their intellectual property rights and how best to protect their intellectual property portfolios. To that end, he also has significant transactional experience in the prosecution of trademarks and service marks before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Michael has successfully registered numerous trademarks and service marks, including, trademarks and service marks connected to several high-profile brands.
While attending law school, Michael clerked with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of New York, representing indigent criminal defendants before the district court. Michael also served as executive editor for the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce and as associate editor of The Labor Lawyer, an ABA publication now known as the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. Michael also served on the Moot Court Honor Society and received the CALI Award for Excellence in Trial Practice.
Michael enjoys taking an active role in several charitable endeavors, including, supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation through his membership in the Long Beach Polar Bear Club.
The New Jersey Law Journal named Rivkin Radler’s Intellectual Property Practice Group the Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year (Midsize) for 2018.
In 2019, the well-respected Legal 500 recommended Rivkin Radler’s Insurance Coverage practice in the insurance: advice to insurers category.
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United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
United States District Court for the District of New JerseyBar Affiliations
Nassau County Bar Association
Co-Chair – Insurance Law Committee
New York Intellectual Property Law Association
Co-Chair – Trademark Law and Practice Committee
Syracuse University College of Law, Juris Doctor cum laude
Cornell University, B.S., Tradition Fellow