Michael Weiss has years of experience representing clients in high-stakes litigation.  As a partner at Carroll & Weiss, Mike has a diverse practice, representing a variety of clients in product liability and other cases, including large manufacturers and retailers, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals, and helps companies navigate federal and state regulations with an eye on how compliance can impact legal liability.  In recent years, Mike has taken a leadership role in defending members of the window covering industry in lawsuits around the country alleging strangulation on window blinds cords, including defending several clients in a purported nationwide class action in Illinois (and winning dismissal of a number of those clients).  He has experience both in and out of the courtroom:  in 2010, he served on the trial team of a high-profile pharmaceutical birth defect case in which the court entered a verdict for his client before the close of evidence.

A former litigator with King & Spalding’s nationally-recognized Tort Litigation and Environmental Law Practice Group, Mike spent eight years defending Fortune 100 corporations in high-exposure product liability actions, including top automotive, pharmaceutical, and medical device manufacturers.  He also helped a Georgia family fight the state’s efforts to build a highway across their property, guided abused women and children in obtaining asylum in the United States, and helped free a wrongly-convicted man from prison after 17 years behind bars.  Mike has practiced in courts in Georgia, Alabama, New Jersey, Alaska, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, New York, South Carolina, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, California, Washington, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Illinois and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Mike’s experience includes:

■  Representing a major pharmaceutical manufacturer at trial of two birth defect cases in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  In one, the court entered judgment at the close of plaintiffs’ proof. In the other, the jury returned a plaintiff’s verdict, but for less than the plaintiff’s actual medical costs, and did not award punitive damages.

■  Defending a Fortune 50 manufacturer against claims it had intentionally withheld documents in a landmark product liability case.

■  Leading a multidisciplinary team of attorneys charged with drafting several hundred motions in a mass tort program.

■  Advising an automotive manufacturer in responding to allegations of safety problems by a former employee.

■  Representing a prominent pharmaceutical company in a lawsuit brought by the state of Alabama alleging fraud in the reporting of prices for drugs covered under the Medicaid program.  In 2009 the Supreme Court of Alabama rendered judgment in the manufacturer’s favor on all counts.

■  Helping a large insurance company implement procedures to comply with federal drug pricing laws.

■  Defending a health care products manufacturer in a number of cases alleging asbestos exposure.

Community

Mike is a member of the board of directors (and a former co-chair) of the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network, which provides free legal representation to victims of persecution or violence seeking legal immigration status in the United States.  He has successfully represented several people, including children, in immigration courts, winning the 2009 Judge Clarence F. Seeliger Local Justice Award for his pro bono efforts to obtain legal status for a survivor of human sex trafficking.  He has also handled a number of other pro bono cases, including receiving national recognition for his success in freeing a South Georgia man who had served 17 years for a murder for which he was wrongly convicted.  Mike also is active in civil rights issues with the Anti-Defamation League and serves on the state-mandated Local School Council for his son’s elementary school.

Background

A magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, Mike received his law degree with honors from Emory University in 2003, where he was Executive Articles Editor of the Emory Law Review and a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mike worked as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, where he reported on crime, courts, and education.  As a lawyer, he has written on privacy issues, punitive damages, and changes to Medicare laws.  He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Atlanta Bar Association.

Publications and Presentations:

■  Lecture and presentation on developments in Georgia evidence law at Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia program, February 6, 2011

■  “Lawsuits Based On The Loss Of Personal Information: Lots Of Questions, Few Answers,” Andrews Privacy Litigation Reporter, October 30, 2007

■  “Trends in US product liability litigation,” Practical Law Company Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook, September 1, 2007

■  Presentation on liability of standards development organizations at national conference of American National Standards Institute, October 2007.