Michael Walker handles a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters across a number of industries. Much of his practice involves the defense of product liability and toxic tort claims against businesses that design and make things or operate industrial facilities. He has also represented businesses in commercial litigation, primarily in disputes involving intellectual property, real estate, and class actions. Michael has tried cases to verdict in court and arbitrated matters to successful conclusions before panels of both the American Arbitration Association and JAMS. He is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated.
In his product liability practice, Michael has defended the design and manufacture of all manner of products. Examples include hip and knee replacement devices, mineral spirits, clothes dryers, tires, and smoke detectors. He has resolved and managed disputes at all stages, from pre-suit through appeal. For cases that cannot be resolved early on, he has significant experience in working with and challenging expert witnesses and in formulating and executing e-discovery plans.
Outside of the product liability area, some of Michael’s representative matters include the defense of a coal plant operator in a long-running series of class action and mass action lawsuits brought by different groups of nearby property owners, as well as his representation in arbitration of national manufacturers in disputes with their regional distributors.
Michael also devotes significant time to pro bono matters. He recently obtained a settlement, one week before trial, for an inmate who was assaulted and injured while in prison. He is currently assisting several veterans with civil legal issues after meeting them through the Birmingham Bar Association’s Volunteer Help Desk program.
In addition, working with several local federal judges, Michael re-drafted the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, leading to the issuance of a substantially revised version of those Rules in 2016. He was selected for this project through the Birmingham Bar Association’s Civil Courts Committee and Federal Practice Section.