About Us

Michelle McCliman has 15 years of experience both counseling clients and representing them in litigation matters. Ms. McCliman’s litigation experience includes trade secrets, trademark, copyrights, patents, unfair competition, business torts, employment, as well as general commercial litigation. Ms. McCliman provides a wide array of counseling regarding intellectual property protection, including the successful prosecution of trademarks both nationally and internationally. She also assists clients in preparing and implementing proprietary information protection plans and drafting agreements to protect a company’s proprietary information. Ms. McCliman’s practice includes counseling clients in developing employment procedures manuals, avoiding or handling sexual harassment claims, and developing employee hiring and termination strategies.

She has successfully represented clients in both federal and state courts, court-ordered settlement conferences, arbitration, and mediation. Ms. McCliman also teaches courses in intellectual property, contracts, and civil trials and evidence for the paralegal program at Coastline Community College. In addition, Ms. McCliman teaches intellectual property courses in the Entrepeneur and Law Division of the Business Department at Saddleback College.

Ms. McCliman vigorously represents clients by implementing creative, cost-conscious solutions to conflict resolution, including alternate dispute resolution forums such as mediation and arbitration. Ms. McCliman's impressive talents both as a seasoned counselor and aggressive litigator provide her clients with a full range of legal services. Ms. McCliman's considerable combination of experience and skill provides her with the tools to assist her clients in avoiding potential exposure to litigation and provide a strong defense with speedy resolution strategies should litigation become unavoidable.

While in law school, Michelle distinguished herself as an editor of the U.C. Davis Law Review and as a participant of the Lefkowitz Moot Court Team.

Published case:

Century Theaters, Inc. v. Landmark Theaters Corp., 55 U.S.P.Q.2d 1203 (N.D. Cal.2000)

Law Review article:

Qualitex Co.v. Jacobsen Products Co.: The Trademarkability of Color Per Se (1997) (unpublished)


Acting as Local Counsel for a California Client? Beware of Brown v. Watson, OC Lawyer Magazine, November 2012 [ Download PDF ]

Do You Adequately Protect Your Proprietary Information in Today's Competitive World?, Orange County Lawyer Magazine, June 2004, Volume 46 No. 6, at 22 [ Download PDF ]

How Strong Can a Cabernet Get?, The Business Connection, June 2004, Volume 21, No. 11, at 8 [ Download PDF ]