Michael W. Weaver focuses his national practice on product liability litigation which includes representing medical device, manufacturing, and consumer goods clients in complex litigation matters. He counsels clients on product recalls and compliance with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards and labeling requirements.
He also advises companies on litigation risks associated with business decisions and commercial disputes which include significant experience in enforcing or opposing non-compete / non-solicitation employment provisions in the context of temporary restraining orders and/or preliminary injunctions.
Previously, Michael served as a law clerk for Chief Justice F. Michael Kruse and Associate Justice Lyle L. Richmond of the High Court of American Samoa. Michael maintains his license to practice in American Samoa and continues to represent various clients in the US Territory.
Michael is an active Firm citizen. He serves as the partner-in-charge for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Diversity and Inclusion Committee and as the hiring partner for the Firm’s Chicago office.
While in law school, Michael was the executive editor for student articles for the Loyola Law Journal and a Philip H. Corboy Fellow in Trial Advocacy.
Serves as regional coordinator on a national counsel team representing a Fortune 100 company in its mass tort litigation; oversees and manages a significant docket of claims, which regularly includes significant complex medical and scientific issues, and handles all aspects of the overall defense strategy, including several appellate successes:
Schwartz v. Honeywell International Inc., 2018-Ohio-474, in which the Ohio Supreme Court reversed a multi-million dollar jury verdict by rejecting the application of the “cumulative exposure” theory to establish causation
Watkins v. Affinia Group., 2016-Ohio-2830, 54 N.E.3d 174 (8th Dist.), in which the Ohio Appellate Court reversed the jury verdict based on the improper admission of expert testimony
Gillenwater v. Honeywell International Inc., 2013 IL App (4th) 120929, 996 N.E.2d 1179 (4th Dist. 2013) further review denied at 3 N.E.3d 795 (Ill. 2014), in which the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s reversal of a multimillion-dollar jury verdict that was based on plaintiff’s allegation that certain companies conspired to suppress health and safety information concerning asbestos
Menssen v. Pneumo Abex Corp., 2012 IL App (4th) 100904, 975 N.E.2d 345 (4th Dist. 2012) in which the Illinois Appellate Court overturned a multimillion-dollar jury verdict that was based on plaintiff’s allegation that certain companies conspired to suppress health and safety information concerning asbestos
In re Estate of Hoogerwerf, 2012 IL App (4th) 110329, in which the Illinois Appellate Court vacated a default judgment based on the trial court’s improper application of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 237
Rodarmel v. Pneumo Abex, LLC, 2011 IL App (4th) 100463, 957 N.E.2d 107 (4th Dist. 2011), in which the Illinois Appellate Court overturned a multimillion-dollar jury verdict that was based on plaintiff’s allegation that certain companies conspired to suppress health and safety information concerning asbestos
Estate of Holmes v. Pneumo Abex, LLC, 2011 IL App (4th) 100462, 955 N.E.2d 1173 (4th Dist. 2011), in which the Illinois Appellate Court overturned a multimillion-dollar jury verdict finding there is no duty owed to plaintiff in a household or “take-home” asbestos exposure case
Represents a Fortune 100 company in a multimillion-dollar tax assessment case pending in American Samoa based on claims that the company is conducting a trade or business in the territory
Represents Spanish-based telecommunications company in high-profile breach of contract claim pending in American Samoa
Secured multiple summary judgments for aerospace company in lawsuits arising from fatal airplane accidents in which plaintiffs’ theory of liability was based on the product line exception of successor liability
Represented a major online travel company in numerous large and complex lawsuits throughout the country from inception through trial, with highlights including obtaining dismissal or summary judgment in numerous actions pending against client for claims relating to whether the company owed certain hotel occupancy taxes based on its online reservation model
Prevailed in a federal jury trial and appeal, Leprino Foods Co. v. Factory Mut. Ins. Co., 653 F.3d 1121 (10th Cir. 2011), on behalf of a major food producer, in a $24 million insurance coverage dispute involving an “all risk” policy and a contamination exclusion
Representing, pro bono, a young mother wrongly accused of child neglect, resulting in an Illinois Appellate Court published opinion (Slater v. Dep’t of Children and Family Services, 2011 IL App (1st) 102914, 953 N.E.2d 44 (1st Dist. 2011)
Courts / Agencies
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
US District Court for the District of Colorado