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Michael R. Carey

Michael R. Carey


Mike Carey is a passionate and creative trial lawyer who represents his corporate clients in high-stakes product liability and complex commercial litigation. He has spent much of his career in the courtroom, trying numerous cases to verdict in state and federal courts across the country. 

Mike’s national product liability practice focuses on defending the automotive industry. Mike has chaired trials involving wrongful death, quadriplegia, and other catastrophic injury with allegations ranging from unintended acceleration to occupant restraint system performance and roof strength. Mike has also defended defense verdicts on appeal, including oral argument at the Ninth Circuit. His automotive practice also includes defending fire subrogation claims at trial. Mike frequently publishes and speaks on emerging industry issues, including advanced vehicle technologies. 

In his commercial litigation practice, Mike has tried cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, software licensing disputes, and fraudulent transfer. He has also argued at the Minnesota Court of Appeals in cases involving the enforceability of personal guarantees and conversion of private property by the government. 

Outside of the courtroom, Mike and his wife have four children. He enjoys volunteering as a youth hockey and soccer coach for their teams. He is also an avid outdoorsman and bow hunter.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2007
  • North Dakota, 2009
  • South Dakota, 2016

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2007

    cum laude

    Dean's List

    Rosalie E. Wahl Moot Court Competition, First Place and Best Brief, 2006

    CALI Awards for highest grades in Torts and Toxic Torts, 2007

    William Mitchell Law Review, Staff Member, 2006-2007

  • Saint John's University, B.A., 2002

    Major: Business Management

    Dean's List

    All-Conference Track & Field Honors, 2002

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
    • Minnesota Trucking Association
    • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court


    • Benchmark Litigation
      —"Under 40 Hot List," 2016
    • Minnesota Super Lawyers
      —Rising Stars, 2013 – 2018
    • Minnesota Lawyer
      —"Up & Coming Attorney," 2012
    • Recipient of The Burton Award for Legal Achievement, Distinguished Legal Writing Award, 2009

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • “Trial Lawyer Ethics: Unmeritorious Claims & Contentions,” ACC Minnesota, June 2018
  • “Navigating the Differences between Minnesota and Federal Practice for Expert Discovery and Admissibility in Products Liability Cases,” Minnesota CLE Products Liability Litigation in 2017 Conference, October 2017
  • “Challenging the Status Quo: 21st Century Trial Tactics and Defense Themes in High Exposure Cases," Co-Presenter, 2017 Next Generation Lead Products Litigation Lawyer Summit, April 2017
  • "Minimizing Risk in the Face of Record Setting Recalls," Minnesota Association of Corporate Counsel, February 2015
  • "Business Litigation," Minnesota Trucking Association's 3rd Annual Trucking Law Conference, February 2013
  • "Product Defect and Recalls and Their Impact on the Claims Process," American Conference Institute's Premier Advanced Summit on Fire & Casualty Claims and Litigation, April 2012
  • "Motor Vehicle Accidents," Minnesota Trucking Association's 2nd Annual Law Conference, February 2012
  • "Construction Defect Litigation: Case Law Updates (Rulings that Affect Your World)," National Business Institute, February 2011
  • "Business Contracts," Minnesota Trucking Association's Trucking Law Conference, January 2011