Michael B.  Giaquinto

Biography

Michael B. Giaquinto’s practice as a defense attorney is primarily concentrated in the areas of product liability, class action, mass toxic tort litigation, and general civil litigation. In the last several years, Michael has defended high-risk product liability lawsuits with damage claims reaching $100 million.

Michael has represented a wide range of clients involved in the manufacture, sale, and distribution of consumer products including automotive parts, mechanical seals, cosmetics, paint and patching products, lawn care products, landscaping equipment, recreational zip lines, boilers and HVAC equipment to name a few. He has also has represented contractors and clients in premises liability cases including power plants and polyurethane foam facilities. Additionally, Michael serves as in-house and coordinating counsel for a large California based company specializing in plumbing and water damage remediation.

Michael works in all phases of litigation including written discovery, motions to dismiss based upon forum non conveniens, summary judgment and adjudication motions (with several successful dismissals), motions in limine, motions to strike, trial preparation and appearances at all court hearings. Over the past year, Michael has prepared countless state and federal cases for trial, successfully arguing motions in limine and assisting in jury selection. To date, he has taken hundreds of depositions on behalf of clients, including trial cross examination of plaintiffs, percipient witnesses, and plaintiff’s experts.

While in law school, Michael expanded his legal acumen through a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Craig C. Richman and gaining extensive courtroom experience while working for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

Services

Education

  • Southwestern Law School  (J.D., 2010)
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards - International Business Transactions, and Advanced Criminal Procedure
    • Certified Clerk, Office of the District Attorney, Los Angeles County
    • Judicial Clerk, Chambers of the Honorable Craig C. Richman
    • Member, The Business Law Society (BLS)
  • Sacred Heart University  (B.S., 2005)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Washington

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Professional Affiliations

  • ASTM International
  • DRI
    • Member, Professionalism and Ethics Committee
  • State Bar of California
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Honors

  • Super Lawyer "Rising Star," Super Lawyers Magazine (2018-2019)

Trials

  • Moore, et al. v. Calaveras Asbestos Ltd., et al., Superior Court of San Joaquin County
  • Michelle Brockmyer, Individually and as Successor-in-Interest to Richard Smith, Deceased, and Eric Smith v. Union Carbide Corporation, et al., Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Hiroko Felton, individually and as successor in interest to the Estate of Donald L. Felton, Deceased, v. Davison-Conroy, Inc., et al., Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Silas J. Minton, Jr. and Stacey L. Minton v. Borgwarner Morse Tec Inc., et al., Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Steven Burleson, et al. v. 3M Company, et al.,  Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Presentations

"Cosmetic Talc-Sourcing Methods and the Assumption of Homogeneity in Source Mine Locations," DRI Talc Litigation Seminar, Washington, DC (September 2019)