Michael Pogue

Principal Attorney

Sun Valley, ID


Mike has practiced for twenty-six years and is licensed in Idaho and California. He focuses his practice on commercial law and litigation, including business, real estate and family matters. Mike also has a broad range of experience counseling companies on technology agreements and intellectual property issues, including employee mobility and trade secrets.  Mike has appeared in state and federal court actions across jurisdictions, before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  His cases have been cited in the legal journals such as “E-Commerce and Technology” and the “Guide to Computer Law” published by Wolters Kluwer.

Prior to relocating to Sun Valley, Idaho, Mike practiced in Palo Alto, California at a premier global law firm serving emerging companies in Silicon Valley and world-wide.

Mike has worked for federal judges in the Northern District of California and the District of Colorado. Mike obtained his law degree from the University of San Francisco, graduating magna cum laude (top 5% of the class), where he was an Editor of the Law Review. He has a B.A. in English Literature from U.C.L.A.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys playing tennis, fly-fishing and camping and hiking with his family.  He has served as a faculty member with the National Business Institute. He has worked in his community as a Board  Member of the Sun Valley Ballet, a Vice-President of the Board of Directors of The Company of Fools Theatre Company, the Vice-Chair of the City of Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission and a Board Member of the City of Hailey Parks & Lands Board.

  • Business: Contract Law
  • Business: Data Privacy/Security
  • Business: Employment, Labor, Benefits
  • Business: Entity Formation/Dissolution
  • Business: General Counsel
  • Business: Non-Profit
  • Business: Partnership
  • Business: Trade Secrets
  • Business: Trademark/Copyright
  • Business: Transactional Real Estate
  • Estate Planning: Enforcement Actions
  • Estate Planning: Estate Planning (Wills, POAs, Healthcare Directives, Living Wills)
  • Estate Planning: Probate Litigation
  • Estate Planning: Probate Administration
  • Estate Planning: Will Contests/Heir Representation
  • Family Law: Adoption
  • Family Law: Child Support
  • Family Law: Custody & Visitation
  • Family Law: Dissolution/Divorce
  • Family Law: Enforcement Actions
  • Family Law: Minor Guardianships
  • Family Law: Modification/Relocation
  • Family Law: Name Changes
  • Family Law: Paternity
  • Family Law: Pre/Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Family Law: Step-Parent Adoptions
  • Family Law: Terminations
  • Litigation: Business Dispute
  • Litigation: Construction
  • Litigation: Copyright Litigation
  • Litigation: Employment Issue (Employers Only)
  • Litigation: Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Litigation: Landlord/Tenant
  • Litigation: Privacy, Cybersecurity, Data Breach
  • Litigation: Real Estate/Property
  • Litigation: Trade Secrets Litigation, State, Local, Municipals
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Francisco
  • Idaho State Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Lynch v. North American Company for Life and Health Insurance, 300 F.Supp.3d 1158 (owner and beneficiary of life insurance policy brought action contending that policy was improperly terminated without notice)
  • KGF Development, LLC v. City of Ketchum, 149 Idaho 524 (invalidating Transferable Development Right ordinance under the Local Land Use Planning Act)
  • Johnson v. Blaine County, 146 Idaho 916 (upholding county approval of the final plat of community housing planned unit development)
  • Aspen Grove, Inc. v. Aspen Grove, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland, Administrative Panel Decision, Case No. D2001-0798 (upholding claim of no trademark rights in the disputed domain name and finding that the adverse party had improperly engaged in reverse domain name hijacking)
  • Vacation Publications, Inc. v. e-ventures Worldwide, LLC, Claim Number: FA2011001921872 (National Arbitration Forum / Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy) (determining rights and interests in the vacations2go.com domain name)
  • Credit Repair Cloud v. Nemo Apps LLC, Claim Number: FA2008001910796 (National Arbitration Forum / Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy) (affirming owner’s rights in the credithero.com domain name and finding the proceedings were initiated in bad faith and constitute an abuse of administrative proceedings)
  • In re Welch, 2015 WL 4574805, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Idaho (denying motion for order compelling arbitration and staying proceedings)
  • Express Publishing, Inc., v. Valley Publishing, LLC, U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 2008 WL 3850625 (granting motion to dismiss copyright infringement claims)
  • eMachines, Inc. v. Ready Access Memory, Inc., WL 456404, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (granting motions regarding trademark ownership, trademark infringement and unfair competition)
  • Leland Stanford University v. Stanford Microdevices, Inc., 238 F.3d 427 (9th Circuit, California) (affirming district court’s denial of a preliminary injunction regarding trademark infringement)
  • Gaecke v. Foley, Idaho District Court, 2006 WL 6105888 (addressing trade secret claims)
  • Faculty, National Business Institute, Title Law
  • Faculty, National Business Institute, Boundary Issues and Easement Law

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