Michael E. Riskin

Associate, Intellectual Property  

San Francisco 650.335.7699


Michael Riskin focuses his practice on counseling clients regarding intellectual property matters in technology transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, asset purchases, spin outs, and venture capital and strategic investments. Additionally, Michael counsels extensively on open source software use, governance and compliance, and best practices. Michael also assists clients with technology and software licensing, end user license agreements, content licensing and the DMCA, as well as advising clients regarding business strategy and product counseling.

Before joining Fenwick & West, Michael was an attorney in the licensing and technology group at Cisco Systems. Prior to his legal career, Michael served technology-based businesses in various capacities including PR, business development, IT and sales.

In law school, Michael received oral advocacy honors in the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition, served as research assistant to Professor Fred Cate, Director of Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and worked in the Elmore Entrepreneurship Clinic advising technology startups.