Paul Redmond Michel
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit|
December 25, 2004 – May 31, 2010
|Preceded by||Haldane Mayer|
|Succeeded by||Randall Rader|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit|
March 4, 1988 – May 31, 2010
|Appointed by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Phillip Baldwin|
|Succeeded by||Richard Taranto|
February 3, 1941 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||Williams College
University of Virginia
Paul Redmond Michel (born February 3, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was an American federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 1988 until 2010, and served as its chief judge from 2004 until his retirement.
Education and experience
Michel received a B.A. in 1963 from Williams College and a J.D. in 1966 from the University of Virginia. He was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1967, in U.S. district court in 1968, in U.S. circuit court and before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1969.
He was assistant district attorney in the Office of the Deputy District Attorney for Investigations in Philadelphia from 1966 to 1974, as well as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve from 1966 to 1972. From 1974 to 1975 he was the Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, and from 1975 to 1976 was assistant counsel to the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He then became the deputy chief and Koreagate prosecutor for the Public Integrity Section of the United States Department of Justice from 1976 to 1978.
Michel became the associate deputy U.S. attorney general in 1978, and in 1981 became counsel and administrative assistant to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter until his judicial appointment. He has also been adjunct faculty at the George Washington University Law School and John Marshall Law School since 1991.
Michel was nominated to the Federal Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on December 19, 1987 to fill a seat vacated by Judge Phillip Benjamin Baldwin. The Senate confirmed Michel's nomination on February 29, 1988, and he assumed the office on March 8, 1988.
He authored Patent Litigation and Strategy LCCN 2003-267792 with fellow Federal Circuit Judge Kimberly Ann Moore and patent attorney Ralph Lupo. He has also written several articles on effective advocacy and the work of the Federal Circuit.
Michel has been married to Brooke England since 2004. He has two adult children.
- Mike Scarcella, Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel Announces Retirement, The Blog of Legal Times (November 21, 2009).
- Kashmir Hill, Chief Judge Paul Michel To Retire Next Year, in Above the Law (November 21, 2009).
- Paul Redmond Michel at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Judicial Biographies
- Interview with Paul Michel in Managing Intellectual Property
- Interview with Paul Michel by Matthew J. Dowd
- Intellectual Property Watch Interview With Chief Judge Paul R. Michel On US Patent Reform on 14 July 2011
- Article in IPWatchdog: "Torpedoing Patent Rights," Posted: July 10, 2011
- Article in Patently-O: "Rein in the Big Bank Bail-Out," Posted July 7, 2011
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit