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Helen K. Michael

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Helen Michael concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on insurance coverage and other contract disputes, and on products liability and class action cases. She has been trial and appellate counsel in complex individual party, multiparty and class action cases in both state and federal forums nationwide.

During more than twenty years of litigating insurance coverage disputes, Ms. Michael has handled high-stakes cases in a wide variety of coverage areas, including products liability and environmental claims, intellectual property claims, construction defect claims, errors and omissions liability claims, and directors and officers liability claims. Her work for Fortune 100 and other corporate policyholders has taken place in a variety of settings, including mediation, arbitration, trial and appeal, and has included a multi-phase trial resulting in one of the largest jury verdicts reported in 2003.

Ms. Michael also has substantial experience in class action practice and the formulation of effective strategies for defeating mass tort and other consumer claims, including theories governing the piercing of the corporate veil and the imposition of successor liability. She has counseled numerous clients on developing protocols and structuring transactions to guard against incurring vicarious liability for the obligations of corporate affiliates.

Ms. Michael has lectured and written on a variety of subjects relating to insurance recovery litigation, and class action litigation.

She has been recognized as a 2011 Washington D.C. "Super Lawyer" in the area of Insurance Coverage by SuperLawyers magazine and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Education
 George Washington University Law School, LL.M. (1989)
   with highest honors
 University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D. (1986)
  with honors
 Hampshire College, B.A. (1981)
  with honors

Bar Admissions
 District of Columbia
 Maryland

Court Admissions
 U.S. Supreme Court
 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
 U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
 Federal Claims Court
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