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. He has tried cases to verdict in court and arbitrated matters to successful conclusions before panels of both the American Arbitration Association and JAMS. Michael is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). He has also been 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, electronic vaping devices, clothes dryers, tires, and smoke detectors. He has managed and resolved disputes at all stages, from pre-suit through appeal. For cases that cannot be disposed of 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 arena, 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 arbitrations of national manufacturers in disputes with their regional distributors.
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 currently serves as chair-elect of the Birmingham Bar Association’s Federal Practice Section.