• University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1990), highest honors; Editor of the Texas Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • Georgetown University (B.S.F.S., 1987)

Mike Strub is counsel in the Newport Beach office of Irell & Manella LLP where his practice focuses on commercial litigation, specializing in bankruptcy litigation and intellectual property litigation, including patent and trade secret litigation. In trade secret matters, he has represented companies seeking to protect their trade secrets, employees who have been accused of trade secret theft, and employers seeking to hire new employees with confidentiality obligations. Representative trade secret clients include Monrovia Nursery, Pacific Scientific, Meggitt PLC, and Meggitt Control Systems. Mr. Strub also has extensive experience handling commercial and entertainment litigation matters in both state and federal court in a variety of jurisdictions – from the Superior Court in Guam to the Court of Trade in New York and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Strub also is a specialist in the area of privilege and work-product.

Prior to joining Irell, Mr. Strub was an associate at Shearman & Sterling in both the Los Angeles and Washington, DC offices. Before that, he clerked for the Honorable Homer Thornberry (United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit) in Austin, Texas.

Mr. Strub has written several articles on financial and bankruptcy issues. His article "Competition, Bargaining, and Exclusivity Under the New Value Rule Applying the Single-Asset Paradigm of Bonner Mall," 111 Banking L. J. 228 (March 1994), was cited with approval by a number of courts, including the United States Supreme Court in Bank of America National Trust & Savings Association v. 203 North LaSalle Street Partnership (In re LaSalle Street Partnership), 526 U.S. 434 (1999) and the Second Circuit in In re Coltex Loop Central Three Partners, L.P., 138 F.3d 39 (1998).

Additionally, Mr. Strub maintains an active pro bono practice. Together with Public Counsel, he and other Irell lawyers filed a first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit against Compton Unified School District on behalf of students who are the victims of trauma, which seeks to require the District to provide these students with a meaningful education by implementing trauma-informed practices. In 2012, Mr. Strub received the Pro Bono of the Year Award from Public Counsel's Appellate Law Program for his representation of plaintiff and appellant Janice Zhang in connection with a housing discrimination case in the Second District Court of Appeal. Together with other Irell lawyers and Kids in Need of Defense, Mr. Strub also obtained lawful permanent residency for a young Chinese girl who was a victim of child trafficking. 

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Representative Matters

Representative matters include:

  • Representation of BOKF, NA, as trustee for first lien noteholders in connection with intercreditor dispute with second lien noteholders.
  • Representation of former equity holders and former management of Lake at Las Vegas resort in defense of, inter alia, claims for alleged fraudulent transfer and fraudulent conveyance. 
  • Representation of Carmel Land & Cattle Co. in connection with litigation in bankruptcy arising out of real estate and water rights.
  • Representation of Chapter 7 trustee for Imperial Credit Industries, Inc., in fraudulent conveyance action against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.  Matter was settled after Ninth Circuit ruled, in a matter of first impression, that the FDIC was not exempt from fraudulent conveyance law under regulations governing insured depository institutions.
  • Representation of Chartwell Litigation Trust in a multi-million dollar fraudulent conveyance action against Addus Healthcare, Inc. concerning the home healthcare business.
  • Representation of hotel owner Nimitz Partners, LLC in connection with bankruptcy proceedings and related lender liability claims which settled shortly before trial with the equity holders retaining their full interests and without making any out of pocket expenditures during the course of the proceedings.
  • Representation of debtors EMAK Worldwide and EMAK Service in connection with contested confirmation of their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.  The plan was confirmed after trial.
  • Representation of Meggitt Plc and affiliates in trade secret litigation.
  • Represented PDL BioPharma in connection with an action, filed in the Northern District of California, involving claims by MedImmune seeking to invalidate PDL BioPharma's Queen patents, which cover certain fundamental technology relating to humanization of antibodies.  A settlement was reached resolving all domestic and foreign patent disputes between the parties.
  • Representation of plaintiffs Max Planck (one of the leading international research institutes) and Alnylam (a publicly traded start-up company based in Cambridge, Mass., dedicated to developing drug treatments based on RNA interference, commonly known as gene silencing) in a dispute over patent applications in the field of RNA interference.  The case settled shortly before trial on favorable terms.
  • Representation of Citibank (South Dakota), N.A. as a defendant in litigation challenging its late fees, which ultimately was resolved in Citibank’s favor by the United States Supreme Court (517 U.S. 735).
  • Representation of Boston Capital Corporation and its affiliates in a state and federal court lawsuits arising out of a development of a low income housing project.
  • Representation of Paychex, Inc., and its affiliates in defense of claims arising out of a license agreement for payroll processing software.
  • Representation of creditors of eToys in a multi-million dollar fraudulent conveyance and breach of contract action arising out of lease agreement.
  • Representation of Big Ticket Pictures and its affiliates in a lawsuit alleging interference with contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract based on how Big Ticket accounted for the profits on the "Judge Judy" television show.
  • Representation of Showtime in connection with profit participation dispute arising out of distribution of videocassettes.
  • Representation of Steel Dynamics, an Indiana-based steel mini-mill, in a multi-state securities litigation.
  • Representation of First Alliance Mortgage Co. in bankruptcy litigation challenging its lending practices.
  • Representation of Japanese bank as defendant in lender liability litigation in Guam Superior Court and Guam Supreme Court.
  • Representation of General Electric Capital Corp. as plaintiff in litigation in Connecticut federal district court against DIRECTV, Inc. and Hughes Electronics Corp. for breach of full-recourse financing program agreement. Client agreed to finance rural consumers’ purchases of satellite receiver and hardware necessary to receive DIRECTV’s satellite programming, and defendants agreed to reimburse client for consumers’ loan defaults but failed to pay.
  • Representation of Siemens Solar Industries as plaintiff in litigation in New York Supreme Court in which Siemens alleges that it was defrauded by Atlantic Richfield Co. in connection with acquisition by Siemens of an ARCO photovoltaic subsidiary.
  • Representation of Citicorp Real Estate, Inc. as defendant in litigation in California Superior Court in which plaintiff, a real estate developer, claims that Citicorp misappropriated plaintiff's idea for the development of property owned by Citicorp and located in Hollywood.
  • Representation of Citicorp Real Estate, Inc. as creditor in connection with bankruptcy litigation involving property located at the corner of Rodeo and Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
  • Representation of Citicorp North America, Inc. as defendant in litigation in California Superior Court in which plaintiff, a start-up airlines, alleged that Boeing 747 jet aircraft leased from Citicorp was defective.
  • Representation of Citibank in an action against Bank of America arising from massive servicing failures, with damages exceeding $564 million, in California Student Loan Program.
  • Representation of Citicorp North America, Inc. and Citibank, N.A. as creditors in connection with bankruptcy litigation involving operating company that manufactured specialized lighting equipment.
  • Representation of Morgan Stanley & Co. as defendant in federal litigation in connection with the sale of high-yield securities to a state-chartered bank; and in arbitration in connection with the sale of similar securities to a family trust.
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Bar & Court Admissions

  • 1991, California
  • 1994, U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1998, District of Columbia