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Mike has significant experience defending product manufacturers against single-plaintiff claims and mass torts nationwide. For more than 15 years, Mike has represented clients in product liability litigation involving medical devices, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, industrial machinery, construction equipment and toxic torts. He is a first-chair trial lawyer and has tried numerous cases to verdict on the east and west coasts.  

Mike has served as national counsel for a medical device company in mass tort litigation, managing the day-to-day logistics and creating trial and bellwether strategies. In addition to managing strategies and creating defenses for trial, he advises clients on discovery, expert witnesses, FDA regulatory compliance and reporting issues. With a background in medical malpractice, Mike has an in-depth understanding of complex medical issues. He has extensive experience defending medical device products, including cold therapy units, infusion and pain pumps, hip implants, dental instruments, medical software, spinal surgical devices, wheelchairs, surgical implants, and cannulas and syringes. 

Additionally, Mike has defended dozens of cases involving automobiles, large industrial equipment, heavy machinery, forklifts, industrial fans and scaffolding. He co-chaired several catastrophic injury cases involving assembly line machinery which were tried to verdict in Pennsylvania. Mike has worked on asbestos and toxic tort cases, as well as fire subrogation and premises liability cases involving falls from wind turbines, construction accidents, electrocutions and fires. He also has experience trying commercial cases involving breach of contract and the Landham Act.

Mike is a graduate of the IADC Trial Academy and is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

Education

  • The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1999

Professional Associations

    • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
      —Chair, Exhibitors Committee
      —Vice-chair, Drug, Device and Biotechnology Committee
    • J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court

Distinctions

    • Named in Litigation: Product Liability Defense, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, 2014
      The Legal 500
    • Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy
    • Rising Stars, 2006
      —Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine
    • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
      —Martindale-Hubbell

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • “Life Sciences Trends and Hot Topics,” Co-Presenter, Client Event, August 2018

  • "Trial Preparation: Collaborating with Outside Counsel Under Pressure," ACC-SC Paralegal Institute, San Diego, CA, October 2014

  • "Medical Grade eDiscovery: ESI in Life Sciences Mass Torts," BIA, Webinar, June 2014

Publications