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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, Becton Dickinson and Company (BD), C. R. Bard Inc., Medtronic, Inc., Pfizer Inc., Merck & Co. Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. (GSK), and Abbott.


  • 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.

  • Californie

  • 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

  • University of San Francisco School of Law Board of Counselors, Member (1993-2022)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Drug, and Medical Device Steering Committee (2011-2020)
  • 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

Récompenses et distinctions

  • Named to The 2023 Lawdragon Hall of Fame - Litigators
  • Listed in Who's Who: Product Liability Defense 2023
  • Named a 2024 "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America© for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation, 2013-2024, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants 2013-2024, and for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, 2015-2024
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Nationwide Product Liability & Mass Torts, including the Spotlight Table for Nationwide Product Liability: Pharmaceutical, 2015-2023
  • Listed in the Hall of Fame in The Legal 500 USA for Dispute resolution, product liability, mass tort and class actions: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense, 2017-2023
  • Named one of The Top 50 Litigators in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2018.
  • Named a "Life Science Star" for product liability by the LMG Life Science Guide (2015-2023) and a finalist for lawyer of the year for product liability, 2016-2018 and 2022
  • Named a "Litigation Star" for 2017-2020 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, 2019 and 2021 Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants/Product Liability "Lawyer of the Year" award in Los Angeles
  • Listed in Lawdragon 500
  • Listed in Who's Who of Product Liability and Life Science Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers list for Class Action, 2020
  • Named to Los Angeles Business Journal's 2023 Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Attorneys