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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).

Credentials

  • 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

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2012-2020
  • Listed in Chambers USA (Band 1) Nationally for Product Liability & Mass Torts, Pharmaceutical Spotlight
  • Named to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame 2017-2019
  • Named a "Life Science Star" by LMG Life Science Guide, 201 -2017 and Finalist for Lawyer of the Year, 2016-2018
  • 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, 2014-2018
  • Named BTI-Client Service All Star 2014
  • Received the Best Lawyers™ 2017 and 2019 Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants/Product Liability "Lawyer of the Year" award in Los Angeles
  • Listed in Lawdragon 500
  • Listed as a Leading Lawyer in The Legal 500 USA for Product liability, mass tort and class actions: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
  • Listed in Who's Who of Product Liability and Life Science Lawyers
  • Listed in Super Lawyers for Class Action