Michael is the former chair of the firm's multidisciplinary Life Sciences Health Industry Group, comprised of more than 250 professionals.
His litigation and trial practice focuses on complex product liability and commercial matters, including class actions, Multi-District Litigations (MDL), mass torts, and claims for unfair competition and false advertising under state consumer protection statutes. Michael's clients have included, among others, C.R. Bard Inc., Medtronic, Inc., Pfizer Inc., Merck & Co. Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, and GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. (GSK).
Michael currently serves as National Coordinating and Trial Counsel for C.R. Bard in the In re Kugel Mesh Hernia Repair Patch Litigation and is Co-Lead Counsel for Bard in the In re C. R. Bard Pelvic Mesh Repair Litigation. He also represents Medtronic in all aspects, including trial, of the Infuse Bone Graft litigation and represents GlaxoSmithKline as trial counsel in California in the Avandia litigation. He previously represented Merck in the Vioxx litigation and was National Coordinating and Trial Counsel for Pfizer in the In re Mirapex Product Liability Litigation. He was a member of the National Trial Team for 3M in the Silicone Gel Breast Implantation Litigation and was a Faculty Member at the IADC's Trial Academy at Stanford University in 2004.
Michael was named a BTI Client Service All-Star for 2014 and has been listed in Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in America. He has been consistently named by Chambers USA (Band 1), Legal 500 and the International Who's Who of Product Liability and Life Science Lawyers as one of the top Product Liability lawyers in the country. For the last three years he has been named a “Life Science Star” by LMG Life Sciences Guide and in 2015 was named by LMG as finalist for Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability. Michael was also named by Best of the Best Guide as one of the top 30 product liability lawyers in the United States in 2014. In 2010, Law360 named Michael one of the "10 Most Admired Product Liability Attorneys.” In 2008, he received Reed Smith's Shaw's Lion Award, given annually to the firm's outstanding lawyer over the previous year. In 2010, The American Lawyer named Reed Smith as the Litigation Department of the Year for Product Liability and in July 2014, Legal 500 named Reed Smith the Product Liability Defense Team of the Year. In 2015, The Recorder (an affiliate of the American Lawyer) named Reed Smith as the Litigation Department of the Year for Product Liability, LMG Life Science Guide named Reed Smith a Finalist for Product Liability Firm of the Year and BTI Consulting named Reed Smith one of four “Product Liability Standouts.”
Michael has testified more than a dozen times before legislative and other committees concerning proposed legislation involving protective orders and confidential settlement agreements, summary judgments, unfair competition statutes, electronic discovery, and other issues. He has worked with a coalition of businesses to oppose bills that would have eroded protection for confidential and proprietary information as well as bills that would have given prosecutors and private plaintiffs a "disgorgement of profits" remedy in cases involving California Business and Professions Code sections 17200 et al, and he was a member of the Civil Justice Working Group providing assistance to then-governor-elect Schwarzenegger's transition team. He was also actively involved in working on reform efforts involving section 17200, particularly Proposition 64, which was enacted by California voters.