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Michelle R. Gilboe

Michelle R. Gilboe


Michelle Gilboe is an experienced trial attorney with a national practice focused on defending pharmaceutical, medical device, industrial products and exercise equipment manufacturers. She has significant experience in complex class action, toxic tort and MDL litigation, including representation of multiple pharmaceutical manufacturers in various states. She also represents service-based providers in the medical, construction and energy industries, and has substantial experience with cases involving fires and explosions. Michelle has served as both national and regional counsel, and has vast experience defending complex medical and scientific matters in both state and federal courts, which allows Michelle to skillfully defend her clients in multiple jurisdictions. 

For more than 20 years, Michelle has defended medical spa services in personal injury, class action matters and commercial claims including laser hair removal, cellulite reduction, microdermabrasion, botox and dermal fillers; medical devices in product liability matters including infusion pumps, catheters, surgical devices and devices used with pharmaceuticals such as chemotherapy drugs, flolan, analgesics, anesthetics and other pain relief drugs such as morphine; and construction and energy cases with catastrophic personal injury claims including explosions, electrocutions and significant property damage matters. Michelle also gained experience early-on through her work on fen-phen and hormone replacement therapy litigation. The combination of her experience and her acute understanding of the design, manufacture and science of the products she is defending allows Michelle to efficiently master the legal complexities of each case.

In addition to defending manufacturers across the country, Michelle routinely advises her clients on risk management strategies, regulatory compliance, reporting requirements and recall issues.


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1995
  • Wisconsin, 2001

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1995
    cum laude
    Dean's List, all semesters
    National Moot Court
    Misdemeanor Prosecution and Defense Clinics
    Faculty/Student Admissions Committee
  • University of St. Thomas, B.A., 1992
    magna cum laude
    Mock Trial National Top Ten Team Member, 1988-92
    Outstanding Mock Trial Attorney Award, 1992
    Aquinas Scholars Honors Program
    Delta Epsilon Sigma
    Major:  English and Political Science

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute 
      —Drug and Medical Device Subcommittee
    • Sports & Fitness Industry Association
      —Legal Task Force
    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Wisconsin State Bar Association


    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Minnesota Rising Stars, 2005, 2007-2008
    • Martindale-Hubbell
      —Rated AV Preeminent

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • “Navigating the FDA's new Medical Device Safety Action Plan plus...Staying Ahead of Class Actions in Life Science,” Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, May 2018
  • “Connected Medical Technologies: Empowering Health Outcomes, Inviting Cybersecurity Litigation and the FDA,” Co-Presenter, Client Seminar, October 2017
  • "Exercising Good Judgment," Zone Defense Seminar, February 2017
  • "The Impact of Recalls in Drug and Medical Device Litigation," Client Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Hot Topics Seminar, Minneapolis, March 2011


  • "FDA Seeks Software Bill of Materials for Medical Devices,” Co-Author, Client Alert, June 2018

Classes and Seminars Taught