MICHAEL A. ESSIEN, ESQ.
Michael (Mike) Essien is a Principal/Intellectual Property Attorney at Essien Law, PLLC practicing corporate and intellectual property law with a focus on corporate transactions, patents, trademarks, copyrights, non-profits and e-commerce. Mr. Essien’s background includes work as a corporate and intellectual property attorney at law firms, and at 3M Office of Intellectual Property Counsel. Mr. Essien is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patents and Trademark Office, the State of Minnesota and Federal District Court of Minnesota. He is also a member of Ramsey County Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association and the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.
Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Essien worked for several years as a quality, process and new product development engineer at 3M. He is a named inventor on two issued US patents. He has extensive experience in petrochemicals, adhesives, paints, coatings, microprismatic and retroreflective film technology for the transportation safety industry, and process engineering.
Mr. Essien received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. His J.D. is from William Mitchell College of Law where he was a member of the Law Review. Mr. Essien was the recipient of the William Mitchell Alumni Association Student Award of Merit for exceptional contributions to the College. He volunteers with the VOOM Foundation as Board Secretary, is Nigeria Country Director for Books for Africa, and the President of Association of Nigerian Engineers in Minnesota. He is the Legal Counsel to Nigerians in Diaspora Organization – America (NIDO-A) and Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Association (MFHA). Mr. Essien is also an adjunct professor of Business Law at Concordia University and University of Wisconsin, Stout.