Michael F. Walker

Partner
Legal Assistant
Carla Batchelor
P: 205.521.8214 cbatchelor@bradley.com

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.

Notable Matters
  • Defense of a cleaning solvent manufacturer in product liability exposure matters in multiple cases in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; St. Louis, Missouri; and in several southeastern states. Developed jurisdictional defenses in these matters that have recently been accepted by several Philadelphia courts as grounds for dismissal of cases involving forum-shopping plaintiffs.
  • Defense of a global medical device manufacturer in product liability matters. Work included preparation for a national MDL and the defense of various actions pending in the Southeast.
  • Defense of a coal plant operator in series of lawsuits involving claims of nuisance and trespass. Cases have included multiple appeals to the Alabama Supreme Court, hundreds of named plaintiffs, and thousands of potential class members and properties, requiring management and litigation of complex discovery and trial plan issues.
  • Defense of a national paperboard and box manufacturer and two of its executives against trade secret and fraud claims. Case was brought in Alabama state court by a company operated by several well-known Birmingham residents. After removal to federal court, obtained dismissal of numerous claims and transfer of case to a Maryland federal court. Ultimately, the remaining claims were dismissed on summary judgment. Thereafter, the court ordered that our client was entitled to recover its attorneys’ fees from plaintiffs due to a showing that plaintiffs’ claims were groundless.
  • Representation at trial of an international non-profit in an intellectual property and tortious interference lawsuit filed in federal court. After a 7-day trial, the jury awarded a multimillion-dollar verdict and injunctive relief in favor of our client and rejected the defendant’s counterclaims.