Geoffrey Michael is a member of the firm's Product Liability Litigation group, which recently won Chambers USA's 2018 Product Liability Award. He represents clients in complex civil litigation, including product liability litigation, mass tort litigation, and federal multidistrict litigation. The Legal 500 commented that clients view him as having a "brilliant legal mind" but also being "very practical."

Mr. Michael has been trial counsel in multiple high-stakes jury trials and numerous bench trials, and counsel responsible for appellate issues preservation, motions practice, and legal strategy at more than twenty multi-week jury trials. He has also briefed and argued numerous appeals in state and federal court. In addition to his trial and appellate experience, Mr. Michael also has extensive experience in managing the defense of mass tort litigation; litigating over stays of judgments pending appellate review; opposing burdensome requests for depositions of company officers and representatives; and litigating the propriety and amount of requests for attorneys fees and costs.

Mr. Michael graduated from Yale Law School in 2000, where he was an Editor for the Yale Law Journal. Mr. Michael clerked for the Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 2000-2001, and for Justice Alito during the 2007 Term of the United States Supreme Court.

Experience

  • Philip Morris USA, Inc. v. Duignan, --- So. 3d ---, 2017 WL 5471866 (Fla. 2d DCA 2017). Represented Philip Morris USA Inc. in successful appeal obtaining reversal of a $9.5 million judgment in a wrongful death action.
  • McMunn v. Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc., 869 F.3d 246, 251 (3d Cir. 2017). Represented Atlantic Richfield Co. in successful appeal defending summary judgment in its favor in a case brought by individuals under Price–Anderson Act (PAA) and Atomic Energy Act (AEA), seeking to recover damages resulting from radiation exposure.
  • Rozema v. United States Dep't of Health & Human Services, 682 Fed. Appx. 72 (2d Cir. 2017). Represented Philip Morris USA Inc. in successful appeal defending summary judgment in its favor in a FOIA action.
  • Vila v. Philip Morris USA Inc., 215 So. 3d 82 (Fla. 3d DCA 2016). Represented Philip Morris USA Inc. in successful appeal defending jury verdict in its favor in a personal injury action.
  • Hancock v. Philip Morris USA Inc., 195 So. 3d 388 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015). Represented Philip Morris USA Inc. in successful appeal defending judgment in its favor in a wrongful death action where the jury verdict found liability but awarded almost no damages.
  • McCray v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 579 Fed. Appx. 912 (11th Cir. 2014). Represented Philip Morris USA Inc. in successful appeal defending jury verdict in its favor in a wrongful death action.
  • In re Engle Cases, 767 F.3d 1082 (11th Cir. 2014). Represented Philip Morris USA Inc. in successful appeal defending dismissal of over 500 cases brought as personal injury actions after the smoker had passed away.
  • Burr v. Philip Morris USA Inc., 559 Fed. Appx. 961 (11th Cir. 2014). Represented Philip Morris USA Inc. in successful appeal in defending summary judgment in its favor based on the statute of limitations.
  • Hall v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 118 So. 3d 847 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013). Represented Philip Morris USA Inc. in successful appeal defending transfer of venue of personal injury action.
  • Farmer v. McBride, 177 Fed. Appx. 327 (4th Cir. 2006). Represented criminal defendant pro bono in successful appeal of a habeas corpus case.

Recognition

The Legal 500 US
Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Consumer Products (including tobacco) (2013)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Yale Law School, 2000
  • BA, Wake Forest University, 1997, summa cum laude, with Honors in Politics
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • New York
Clerkships
  • Supreme Court of the United States, The Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, The Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
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