Michelle Ontiveros Gross
  1. Counsel

Ms. Gross is counsel in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the Intellectual Property and Technology Group in Northern California. Her practice includes a wide range of intellectual property-related matters, including strategic alliances, joint ventures, and licensing, as well as intellectual property strategy and commercialization, copyright, patent and trademark matters and integration of business units and product lines in connection with mergers and acquisitions. She also advises clients on data privacy and security matters, including with respect to cybersecurity, technology and data initiatives, development of privacy and data security policies and product development.

Ms. Gross also has significant experience advising clients on large-scale, complex business process and information technology outsourcing transactions (across a broad range of business processes such as finance and accounting, information technology, application development and maintenance, human resources, claims processing, logistics, co-location, and facilities management).

Work Highlights

Representative Experience
  • Citigroup in connection with various technology transactions related to its divestiture of OneMain
  • FormFactor on its acquisition of Cascade Microtech
  • Equinix in numerous acquisitions including its acquisition of Verizon's data center business
  • Ingram Micro in its sale to Tianjin Tianhai, a subsidiary of China's HNA Group
  • SMART Modular in connection with numerous licensing and technology collaboration transactions
  • Roper Technologies in connection with various acquisitions of technology companies
  • 1-Page in its acquisition of Marianas Labs
  • A semiconductor company on privacy and data security compliance issues
  • Affymetrix on its contested $1.3 billion sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Tencent Holdings Limited in its investment in Grail
  • Numerous corporations with structuring outsourcing arrangements in compliance with federal, state, and other laws and best practices
  • Corporations and financial institutions on cybersecurity policies, procedures and training, as well as cyber breach prevention and mitigation measures
  • An educational technology company on privacy and data security compliance issues and negotiation of privacy compliance agreements with public entities
  • A Singaporean investment company on intellectual property and privacy and cybersecurity advice in connection with its investment in a software technology provider
  • Initial Public Offerings by Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Aeglea Biotherapeutics, Coherus, Conformis, Coupa, Etsy, GoDaddy, iRhythm, Loxo Oncology, Nevro, Pure Storage


  • Legal 500 U.S. – Technology:
    • Transactions
    • Outsourcing
    • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Super Lawyers "Rising Star":
    • Northern California: Intellectual Property
    • New York: Intellectual Property

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2014

Bar Admissions

  • State of California
  • State of New York


  • B.S., Stanford University, 2001
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2004