Michael practices in the McNees Intellectual Property Group, where he handles trademark, copyright, trade secret, and advertising law. His practice focuses on trademark clearance, registration and protection, copyright protection, and advertising and branding strategies. He is involved in structuring and negotiating trademark, copyright, patent and software license agreements, entertainment contracts, franchise and distribution agreements, advertising agreements and technology contracts. He counsels clients on all aspects of domestic and international marketing and distribution matters, and is actively engaged in counseling franchise companies.  His practice is international.  Over his 37 years of practice, Michael has developed an extensive group of trademark agents throughout the world who he works with regularly.

Michael works extensively with food industry clients on their unique branding, marketing, labeling and distribution matters. Michael works closely with one of the largest grocery store chains in the Northeast and several large food processors and distributors.

As a former Chair of the McNees Intellectual Property Group, Michael has focused on structuring his practice and that of the Intellectual Property Group to provide the most cost-effective service possible to the Group’s clients. He has spoken and written on the subject of the cost-effective handling of intellectual property work and he has worked extensively with clients from all over the United States and the world to right size their legal budgets without negatively impacting their intellectual property protection. He routinely visits his clients off the clock to discuss business and legal issues, and to provide legal training on matters that can be handled directly by clients. He prides himself in having clients believe they are his only client.

Michael has lectured and authored materials on the subjects of advertising, trademark and copyright law, and technology licensing.


Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1979

George Washington University Law School, J.D, with honors, 1982


Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, 2006-present

The Best Lawyers in America®, Copyright Law, Franchise Law, Intellectual Property Law Litigation, Technology Law, Trademark Law, 2007-present

The Best Lawyers in America,  Lawyer of the Year 2021

Select Lawyers, 2016

Local Legal Leaders, 2016


International Trademark Association

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August 19, 2021 - 39 McNees Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®, Six Named “Lawyer of the Year”

August 24, 2020 - 34 McNees Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®, Four Named “Lawyer of the Year”

August 15, 2019 - 33 McNees Attorneys Among 2020 Best Lawyers in America, 7 Named Lawyer of the Year

May 9, 2019 - McNees Attorneys Among 2019 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

August 15, 2018 - 35 McNees Attorneys Among 2019 Best Lawyers in America

June 11, 2018 - Triple Crown Winner Represented by McNees Attorney

May 31, 2018 - 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 21, 2018 - Racehorse Represented by McNees Attorney Wins 2018 Preakness Stakes

May 15, 2018 - Owner of Kentucky Derby Winner, Justify, Represented by McNees Attorney

August 15, 2017 - 38 McNees Attorneys Selected as 2018 Best Lawyers in America

December 8, 2016 - McNees Wallace & Nurick attorneys recognized as “Local Legal Leaders” by Harrisburg Magazine

November 3, 2016 - McNees attorneys to provide legal seminar for South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Tax & Accounting Professionals (PSTAP)

August 15, 2016 - 37 McNees Attorneys Selected by 2017 Best Lawyers in America

June 9, 2016 - McNees Wallace & Nurick attorneys selected as 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 18, 2016 - Local Attorney Again Represents Triple Crown Favorite

December 8, 2015 - McNees Attorneys Selected as 2015 Select Lawyers

August 17, 2015 - 39 McNees Attorneys Selected by 2016 Best Lawyers in America 7 named 2016 “Lawyers of the Year’’

June 2, 2015 - McNees Wallace & Nurick Attorneys Selected as 2015 Local Legal Leaders


June 26, 2014 - Preferred HealthStaff Launches New Franchise Program

June 21, 2013 - McNees Wallace & Nurick Attorneys Michael Doctrow and Kelly Horein Authored an Article for the June 2013 Issue of Intellectual Property Magazine

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