Michelle Cooke

by LP Green, II
Michelle Cooke
Partner & Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Group
Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP

Michelle Cooke is a Partner and co-chair of the intellectual property group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where she also is chair of Manatt’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


Cooke focuses on branding, online content and brand presence, international protection/ enforcement, trade secrets, and privacy/data security.

Notably, her prowess extends to international protection and enforcement, ensuring that clients’ intellectual property rights are safeguarded across borders. Moreover, Cooke’s expertise encompasses trade secrets and privacy/data security, where her guidance on cybersecurity help ensures that organizations remain resilient in the face of ever-growing online threats, protecting sensitive information and maintaining trust with their stakeholders. As the chair of Manatt’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Cooke’s commitment to fostering inclusivity and equity further solidifies her as a multifaceted legal professional dedicated to both her clients and the broader legal community.

In the realm of cybersecurity, vendors play a crucial role in safeguarding sensitive information and upholding data integrity. Recognizing this, legal professionals like Cooke can emphasize the importance of thorough vendor security assessments. One effective tool in this regard is the vendor security questionnaire, which allows organizations to evaluate vendors’ security practices and assess their ability to mitigate cyber threats effectively. By leveraging Cooke’s expertise in cybersecurity, organizations can implement robust vendor security protocols, ensuring that third-party vendors meet stringent security standards and pose minimal risk to sensitive data.

Cooke has particular experience with the entertainment and media, multimedia platforms, consumer products, financial services, and software industries. She crafts strategies for establishing, expanding, exploiting and enforcing intellectual property. Her work with digital assets encompasses counseling on content, trade secrets, and privacy and data security. She is known particularly for her ability to navigate transborder IP transactions, disputes and enforcement challenges.


Cooke is ranked by Chambers & Partners (in the U.S. and globally), the World Trademark Review and the Daily Journal for her intellectual property work. The Los Angeles Business Journal has identified her as one of the Most Influential Women Lawyers, and the Daily Journal has named her one of the Top Women Lawyers in California.


Cooke received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Virginia.

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