Michael A. Kahn concentrates his practice in copyright, trademark, First Amendment and media law (libel, privacy rights). He is a widely recognized trial lawyer, including in the area of general commercial litigation, and regularly advises clients on a range of intellectual property matters. A veteran of numerous jury trials, Mike has handled lawsuits and arbitrations in various venues across the nation.
Mike has served as a court-appointed mediator in a variety of intellectual property lawsuits, including copyright, trademark, patent and libel cases.
In addition to his active practice, Mike is an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law, where he teaches an upper level course on Censorship and Free Expression. He is also the award-winning author of several mystery novels and legal thrillers.
Mike and his wife Margi met in high school. They have five children and, so far, five grandchildren.
Media and Entertainment
Successfully represented various firms (including professional sports teams, radio and TV stations, and newspapers) and individuals (including authors, artists and professional athletes) in connection with copyright, trademark, First Amendment and general commercial litigation.
Has been counsel of record for the National Basketball Association, Oprah Winfrey, Lions Gate Entertainment, Mark McGwire, McFarlane Toys, Radio One, Emmis Communications, the St. Louis Business Journal, Eveready Battery Company, The New York Yankees, Paramount Pictures, and The Topps Company in various disputes.
Recently represented the Mike Tyson tattoo artist in his copyright infringement lawsuit over the use of his facial tattoo artwork on another character in the motion picture The Hangover Part II. (Whitmill v. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Civil Action No. 4:11-cv-752 (E.D. Mo.))
Has negotiated intellectual property licenses with professional sports leagues, publishers, musicians, and others.
Awarded for services as special counsel to the Examiner in a major bankruptcy proceeding in St. Louis, the only bonus ever given by a bankruptcy court to an examiner’s counsel.
Harvard University, J.D. cum laude, 1979
Northwestern University, M.A. 1975
Amherst College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1974
Supreme Court of the United States, 1991
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Courts, Illinois (Northern, Central, and Southern Districts)
U.S. District Courts, Missouri (Eastern and Western Districts)
The Missouri Bar
Illinois Bar Association
The Authors Guild
The Copyright Society of the USA
Mystery Writers of America
Accomplishments and Accolades
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property Law, Litigation – First Amendment Law, Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television, Entertainment Law – Music, and Media Law (2003 to present)
Named a “Missouri Super Lawyer” (2005 to present)
Inducted into the University City (MO) High School Hall of Fame in 2000
“From Shylock to Billy Budd: The Literary Headline Trial,” St. Louis University Law Journal Vol 54, Issue 4 (2011)
“Bulls in the China Shop,” Belles Lettres: A literary Review, Vol. V, No. 2, December 2004
“The Missouri Franchise Act: Much Ado About Nothing,” St. Louis Bar Journal, 1991
Award-winning author of The Flinch Factor and many other legal thrillers and short stories.
Speeches and Seminars
“Lawsuits of the Rich and Famous: The Hazards of Celebrity Promotions,” Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, May 2013
“New Wine in Old Bottles: Fair Use in an Era of new Use,” Missouri Bar Association, October 2007
“Weird Issues in Copyright Law,” Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, July 2007
“The Hazards of Celebrity Promotions: Lawsuits of the Rich and Famous,” Seminar, 2002
Civic and Charitable Organizations
St. Louis Public Library Foundation – Board of Trustees
Center for the Humanities at Washington University in Saint Louis – Advisory Board Member
St. Louis Journalism Review – Board of Directors
Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts