Michael D. Eagen has litigation experience in the areas of personal injury, property damage, product liability, professional malpractice, insurance coverage, toxic torts, commercial law and mass torts.
He has been primary trial counsel for trials in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, with more than 60 cases tried to verdict or judgment. He has served as a state and federal court appointed arbitrator and mediator.
Mike served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971. Upon discharge, he had achieved the rank of first lieutenant. Mike has been involved in product liability defense work for the full extent of his career representing manufacturers of exercise equipment, medical devices, toxic substances and various other products.
Most recently he has been involved in major product liability litigation involving claimed defects in motor vehicle products. Over the years Mike has represented numerous insurance companies involving claims of bad faith, inappropriate claims handling and coverage issues.
For more than 30 years, Mike has represented numerous defendants in the asbestos personal injury litigation including the trial of cases in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In the 1980’s, he was the lead defense attorney in southwestern Ohio for the Asbestos Claims Facility representing approximately 30 manufacturers and 20 insurers in the litigation.
His original clients were The Celotex Corporation and Keene Corporation, manufacturers of asbestos-containing insulation. In recent years, he has represented more peripheral defendants dealing with issues such as product exposure, medical causation, federal pre-emption and applicability of tort reform legislation.
Mike has been involved in the representation of defendants in mass tort litigation including suits involving asbestos, silica, breast implants and tobacco. Among other issues, this litigation involves MDL issues, class-action issues, industry-wide discovery issues and complex case management issues. Currently, Mike is serving as Lead Defense Counsel in a MDL involving athletic shoes.
Mike has been involved in a number of cases involving contract interpretation disputes primarily involving the construction industry. These lawsuits have involved cost overrun issues, bid document interpretation issues and specification compliance issues.
He has represented doctors, podiatrists, hospitals and attorneys who have been sued for professional negligence. Most recently he is defending an investment advisor in a case involving ERISA and due-diligence issues.
- University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1974)
- College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1968)
Bar Admissions : Ohio, Kentucky
Court Admissions :
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
- American College of Trial Lawyers; fellow; former State Committee member
- Federal Bar Association, Cincinnati Chapter, past president
- Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, life member
- Charter Committee, board member
- Cincinnati Association for the Blind, committee member
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