Geoffrey Michael 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. in the briefing and oral argument of successful appeal in Hancock v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal) (2015).
  • Philip Morris USA Inc. in the briefing of successful appeal in McCray v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (United States Court of Apppeals for the Eleventh Circuit) (2014).
  • Philip Morris USA Inc. in the briefing of successful appeal in In re Engle cases (United States Court of Apppeals for the Eleventh Circuit) (2014).
  • Philip Morris USA Inc. in the briefing of successful appeal in Burr v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (United States Court of Apppeals for the Eleventh Circuit) (2014).
  • Philip Morris USA Inc. in the briefing of successful appeal in Yon v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Florida First District Court of Appeal) (2014).

  • Philip Morris USA Inc. in the briefing and oral argument of successful appeal in Hall v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (Florida Third District Court of Appeal) (2013).
  • Philip Morris USA Inc. in the briefing of successful appeal in Oliva v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Florida First District Court of Appeal) (2013).
  • Philip Morris USA Inc. in the briefing of successful appeal in Perry v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Florida First District Court of Appeal) (2012).
  • Pro bono representation in the briefing of successful appeal of a habeas corpus case in Farmer v. McBride (United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit) (2006).

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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