I seek truth. Inside the courtroom, I collaborate with small and talented teams to advocate zealously for it. Outside the courtroom, I synthesize case law, parse statutes, and creatively write for it. And with each and every other moment, I dedicate my life to it. That’s why I work here, a law firm that upholds the truth by protecting the promise of liberty and justice for all.
Michael specializes in complex civil litigation, including multi-district litigation and class actions. Involved in all aspects of the case, Michael excels at briefing, oral argument, and cross-examining expert witnesses at deposition and trial. He has briefed and argued discovery, dispositive, pre-trial, and post-trial motions in federal and state district courts across the country. He has also drafted appellate briefs before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Minnesota Supreme Court, and Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Michael was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and named Chair of the Law, Briefing, and Legal Drafting Committee in MDL 2885: In re 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation. A four-member panel appointed Michael to these leadership positions after reviewing nearly 200 applications from attorneys across the country and listening to 64 presentations over a 2-day period. As Chair of Law & Briefing, Michael briefed and argued cross-motions for summary judgment on 3M’s primary defense. The MDL court recently granted plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and denied 3M’s motion for summary judgment on the government contractor defense, allowing nearly 200,000 cases to proceed to trial. Read the latest about the case here. In a prior MDL against 3M, plaintiffs defeated numerous Daubert and other dispositive motions as a result of the arguments that Michael developed, briefed, and argued. That MDL is currently on appeal after the court reconsidered its general-causation ruling. Michael also litigates a wide variety of other cases where his creativity, acumen, and tenacity has helped his clients obtain multi-million dollar awards and settlements.
Prior to joining Ciresi Conlin, Michael served as a law clerk to Judge Diana E. Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and to Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Michael worked as a summer associate at Covington & Burling LLP and as a law clerk at the American Civil Liberties Union. Before law school, Michael was a Teach for America Corps Member in East Palo Alto, California.
Michael graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, wrote an award winning brief in the Ames Moot Court Competition, and received numerous dean’s scholar prizes for outstanding course work. He graduated first in his class from Northwestern University, where he was honored with the Top Grade Point Average Award as well as the Best Legal Studies Undergraduate Thesis Award.
In re 3M Combat Arms Earplug Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL 2885: Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and named Chair of the Law & Briefing Committee. Briefed, argued, and defeated 3M’s global defense on summary judgment, allowing thousands of cases to proceed to trial. The case is ongoing.
In re Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL 2666: Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Law & Briefing, Science, and Expert Committees. Briefed, argued, and defeated 3M’s initial Daubert, dispositive, and pre-trial motions. The case is on appeal.
Carver v. The Bank of New York Mellon: Co-lead class counsel representing ERISA participants, beneficiaries, and trustees that held American Depository Receipts (“ADRs”) for which the Bank of New York Mellon acted as a depository bank. Obtained settlement on behalf of class for $12.5 million, which the Court approved in May 2019.
Gill v. Gill: Counsel for petitioner in complex marital dissolution action. Obtained multi-million award following appeal in the Minnesota Supreme Court.
In re Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation: Counsel for plaintiffs in consolidated ERISA action against ten of the world’s largest banks.
Marital Dissolution Action: Counsel for respondent in complex marital dissolution proceeding. Obtained multi-million settlement following trial.
Contract Action: Obtained favorable settlement for business owner in breach of contract action.
Consumer Protection Action: Obtained favorable settlement for plaintiff in consumer protection action.
ADA Action: Obtained favorable settlement for client in ADA and MHRA action.
Noncompete Action: Represented defendant in appeal involving forfeiture of retirement benefits.
Consumer Protection Action: Lead counsel for plaintiff in all phases of litigation and at trial in consumer protection action.
Named “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer (2020)
Named to the Top 40 under 40 for Civil Plaintiff lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers (2019)
Named one of Minnesota Lawyer’s “Up & Coming” Attorneys (2019)
**Being named to a list or receiving an award is not intended and should not be viewed as comparative to other lawyers or to create an expectation about results that might be achieved in a future matter.
2020 The Year No One Expected – Reflections on Lawyering During the Pandemic, Keynote Speaker, Minnesota CLE (January 2021)
The Power of Mindful Lawyering, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company (August 2019)
Developing Awareness and Resilience, St. Paul City Attorney’s Office (August 2018)
The Power of Mindful Lawyering, Hennepin County Bar Association (April 2018)