Michael P.Atkins


Cleveland + 1.216.586.7211

Michael Atkins advises clients in technology licensing, commercialization, and other intellectual property and technology-related business objectives. Michael has counseled clients in transactions across a wide range of industries, including medical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, education, media, and entertainment for both private and public companies. Michael drafts and negotiates agreements involving IP licensing and commercialization, software and cloud-related matters, blockchain utilization, joint development agreements, open source licensing, and manufacturing and supply services.

Michael also advises clients in intellectual property matters related to mergers and acquisitions. He reviews target companies' intellectual property portfolios, material contracts, information technology systems, and employee agreements to uncover potential issues and create workable solutions within the context of a deal's needs. Michael has experience with companies of all sizes, including clients such as SAP, Cleveland-Cliffs, Ansys, Parker Hannifin, and The Riverside Company.

Michael also has experience with creating, policing, transferring, and enforcing intellectual property rights in the United States and internationally. This includes experience with protection of trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and employee-related intellectual property.


  • STERIS acquires Cantel Medical for $3.6 billionJones Day advised STERIS plc in its acquisition of Cantel Medical Corp, a global provider of infection prevention products and services primarily to endoscopy and dental customers, for $3.6 billion.
  • Cleveland-Cliffs acquires ArcelorMittal USA for approximately $1.4 billionJones Day advised Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. in connection with the acquisition and financing of substantially all of the operations of ArcelorMittal USA for approximately $1.4 billion.
  • Alcoa sells rolling mill to Kaiser Aluminum for $670 millionJones Day advised Alcoa Corporation in the sale of its rolling mill business located in Warrick County, Indiana, to Kaiser Aluminum Corporation for $670 million.
  • Twin River Worldwide Holdings acquires iconic Bally's brand from Caesars EntertainmentJones Day advised Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in the acquisition of the iconic Bally's brand previously owned by Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
  • Seal for Life acquires CanusaJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners in the acquisition by portfolio company, Seal For Life Industries, of the Canusa-CPS and Dhatec businesses from Shawcor.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Fox ElectronicsJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Abracon, LLC of Fox Electronics, a leading global supplier of frequency control solutions.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires CordicoJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Lexipol, LLC of Cordico, a provider of purpose-built, mobile health and wellness applications that deliver high-quality wellness tools, resources and assessments to public safety customers including law enforcement, fire, EMS, corrections, and more.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Evolution Labs, Inc.Jones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Navigate360, LLC of Evolution Labs, Inc., a leading developer of social-emotional, mental health and safety content and learning management software for K-12 students and college students.
  • OVHcloud acquires EXTEN Technologies, Inc.Jones Day advised OVHcloud, a global cloud leader and the largest European cloud provider, in its acquisition of technology and certain assets of EXTEN Technologies, Inc., a U.S.-based storage software company specializing in NVMe over Fabrics.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Parker Products, LLCJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Parker Products, LLC of Creative Food Ingredients, Inc., a provider of baked food ingredients and inclusions.
  • Riverside invests in Buildout, Inc.Jones Day advised The Riverside Company in connection with its investment in and financing of Buildout, Inc., a Chicago company that provides SaaS-based marketing and customer relationship management software to commercial real estate brokerages.
  • HBK Engineering sold to Quanta Services, Inc.Jones Day advised HBK Engineering, LLC in its acquisition by Quanta Services, Inc.