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Michael is a trial lawyer who also coordinates strategy for companies facing large litigation, including mass tort litigation. His 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).


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, 1982, J.D., Topics Editor, University of San Francisco Law Review, 1981 - 1982
  • Georgetown University, 1978, A.B.

  • California

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - District of Colorado

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Drug, and Medical Device Steering Committee (2011-present)
  • Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) (Los Angeles Chapter) (2000-2004)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC); Vice-Chair, Drug, Device and Biotech Committee (2000-2002, 2004- ) Legislative Judicial and Governmental Affairs Committee (2000-2005)
  • Product Liability Advisory Council, Member

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (2012 - 2018) Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants 
  • Listed in Chambers USA (Band 1) Nationally for Product Liability & Mass Torts
  • Named to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame 2017 
  • Named a "Life Science Star" by LMG Life Science Guide, 2014 - 2017 and Finalist for Lawyer of the Year, 2016 - 2017
  • Named a "Litigation Star" for 2017 by Benchmark Litigation
  • Named One of the Top 30 Product Liability Lawyers by Expert Guides: Best of the Best USA, 2014- 2016
  • Named BTI-Client Service All Star 2014
  •  Listed, Best Lawyers in America's 2017 Los Angeles Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants/Product Liability "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Lawdragon 500
  • Listed in Legal 500 (Leading Lawyers)
  • Listed in Who's Who of Product Liability and Life Science Lawyers
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Class Action