Michael L. Jespersen



Michael (Mike) L. Jespersen is an associate with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Chemical, Biotech & Pharmaceutical Practice.

Previously, Mike was a research chemist at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, where he developed advanced materials concepts in surfaces and coatings, polymer nanocomposites, nanoelectronics, bionanomaterial hybrids, photovoltaics, and nanomaterials synthesis and characterization. Collectively, Mike has published over 20 articles and a book chapter covering a diverse range of nanomaterials and related technologies. Mike also was a law clerk and summer associate at Foley during law school.

Before entering the legal profession, Mike was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory and NSF-IGERT fellow at the University of Oregon.


Most recently, Mike received the ABA-BNA Intellectual Property Law Award for his graduating class at the University of Michigan Law School. Previously, he received awards for Best Overall Performance and Best Appellate Brief in Legal Practice (2015 – 2016). Mike was a Darrow scholar at Michigan Law.


Mike is admitted to practice law in Michigan and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


Mike earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School (2018), where he was a contributing editor on the Michigan Law Review, a senior judge in the Legal Practice Program, and treasurer of the Intellectual Property Students Association. Mike earned his Ph.D. (2008) and M.S. (2004) in chemistry from the University of Oregon. He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming (B.S., cum laude, 2001).