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Michael A. Gale-Butto

Of Counsel – IP Litigation

Michael Gale-Butto serves as Attorney Of Counsel to Patterson Thuente IP as a member of the IP litigation team. Michael brings considerable value to the litigation team with hundreds of hours of trial and courtroom experience.

Prior to attending law school, Michael served as a litigation assistant to public defenders in his home state of Michigan. Upon graduation from law school, Michael served as an Assistant City Attorney for the city of Minneapolis where he worked in both criminal and civil divisions.

As one of the youngest prosecutors in state history, Michael took dozens of cases to trial. He also provided proactive guidance for clients and lawmakers seeking to develop initiatives capable of surviving constitutional claims; assisted in employment arbitrations and discipline proceedings; and wrote guidance memos of employment litigation-related issues.

His public service experience and time in the courtroom have allowed Michael to hone his skills to effectively explain complex legal issues to clients who hail from all educational and cultural backgrounds.

Michael enjoys sports in his free time — namely soccer, table tennis, ultimate frisbee, running and watching Michigan State Spartans Football. In law school, he founded and served as the president of the first student/professor table tennis association at the University of Minnesota.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. – 2020
    • Robina Public Interest Scholar
    • Saeks Fellow
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
    • B.A., Political Science – 2016
    • Minor: Philosophy and Law

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota