Michael Fabiano


Michael Fabiano



Michael Fabiano is the founder and owner of Fabiano Law Firm, P.C., based in San Diego County, California. In his more than 25 years of legal practice, he has extensive experience in patent litigation and prosecution, complex business litigation, trademark litigation, trade secret litigation, and intellectual property licensing and counseling. He has also advised clients and litigated cases on Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) access issues. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and both individuals and corporations, during his long legal career. He has twice been named one of “San Diego’s Top Attorneys” by San Diego Metro magazine.

He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and all state and federal courts in California. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

In 1993-1994, Mr. Fabiano served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Linda H. McLaughlin, Central District of California. Mr. Fabiano worked as a research chemist prior to attending law school, and he is a co-inventor of a patented process for the recovery of a precious metal (U.S. Patent No. 5,654,458).

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property

  • Patent litigation and patent prosecution
  • Trademark litigation and trademark prosecution
  • Trade secret litigation
  • Intellectual Property licensing and counseling

Business Litigation

  • Contract disputes
  • General business disputes between companies
  • Real property and construction disputes
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) disputes
  • Intellectual Property disputes as listed above

Education & Experience

J.D. — University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1993
M.S. — University of California, Berkeley, 1988
B.A. — Rice University, 1986

Owner/Attorney, Fabiano Law Firm, P.C., San Diego County, CA, 2011-Present:
Partner, Mazzarella Caldarelli LLP, San Diego, CA, 2006-2011
Attorney, Mazzarella Dunwoody Caldarelli LLP, San Diego, CA, 2002-2005
Attorney, Skadden Arps, Palo Alto, CA, 2000-2002
Attorney, Lyon & Lyon LLP, San Diego, CA, 1998-2000
Attorney, Jones Day, Irvine, CA, 1994-1998
Law Clerk to United States District Judge Linda H. McLaughlin, 1993-1994
Scientist, Henkel Research Corporation, Santa Rosa, CA, 1988-1990

Awards & Groups

Named one of “San Diego’s Top Attorneys” by San Diego Metro magazine, 2011and 2012.
President of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California, 2009-2010
Member of the Editorial Board of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s AIPLA Quarterly Journal, 2007-2010.
Chair of the City of Carlsbad’s Independent Redistricting Commission, which redrew boundaries for the City Council districts of Carlsbad following the 2020 census, 2021-2022.