Dan Crouse

Attorney - Partner - Seattle

Dan Crouse

206.876.6009 dancro@leehayes.com


University of Iowa J.D., Order of the Coif (Legal Honorary)

Iowa State University B.S., Electrical Engineering, Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honorary)

Admitted to practice law in the State of Washington Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office Admitted to practice before the Federal District Court, Western Washington


Dan focuses primarily in the area of IP strategy and client counseling. He works with clients on establishing IP strategies, policies and procedures, and assists in developing and managing their IP assets for optimal business return on investment.  He is recognized by IAM as one of the world’s 300 leading IP strategists and by Best Lawyers as one of the top lawyers in America in the practice area of patent law.

Dan began his legal career with a national law firm based in Seattle, WA, where he eventually became a partner in the firm. Dan counseled and represented clients on a broad range of worldwide intellectual property matters, including the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and trademark and copyright registrations, evaluation and resolution of infringement disputes, and drafting and negotiation of license agreements. Clients included medical device manufacturers, aerospace manufacturers, university research departments and software developers.

Dan was at Microsoft Corporation for ten years, last serving as Deputy General Counsel. In that role Dan managed the Microsoft Patent Group. He was one of the key architects of the original Microsoft patent portfolio development strategy and was actively involved in building and managing the resultant portfolio, negotiating patent cross-license agreements, developing Microsoft’s patent license program and providing counsel to clients and lawyers on a host of transactional and strategic matters.

Dan has been a frequent speaker and writer on intellectual property subjects, including speaking at the AIPLA Annual Meeting on “The Concerns of American Corporate Counsel in the New Millennium”, authoring Intellectual Property for the Internet (Wiley Law), Chapter 7, serving as a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, and conducting numerous CLE presentations for the Washington State Bar Association and Seattle King County Bar Association.  Dan served as the chair of the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (AIPLA) Management of Intellectual Property Assets Subcommittee. Dan also held many positions with the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), Intellectual and Industrial Property Section, including Director, Chair, Chair-Elect, VP, Secretary/Treasurer, and Newsletter Editor.

Dan is an active volunteer in the community, having served on a variety of boards including those of the University of Iowa Law School Foundation; Iowa State University, Engineering College, Mountaineer’s Foundation, Groundwire, and the Epiphany School. Dan has provided pro bono legal service to a wide-range of Pacific Northwest non-profit organizations and been a member of numerous other organizations including Social Venture Partners and Pangea.