Michael R. Ward devotes his practice to civil litigation including commercial litigation, products liability defense, tort defense, professional liability defense, representation of local governments and constitutional officers, appeals, employment law, representation of financial institutions, and the defense of consumer credit matters.
He practices throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia in both state and federal courts. He has an active trial practice and regularly tries cases to juries and arbitrators. Mr. Ward was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers in 2010 – 2012 (civil litigation defense) and The Best Lawyers in America in 2011 – 2018 (personal injury litigation and products liability).
Mr. Ward has represented clients in tort actions of all kinds, including vehicle accidents, defamation claims, premises liability matters, and commercial accidents. He has taken or defended hundreds of depositions of fact and expert witnesses, and has extensive trial experience. His personal injury practice includes the defense of brain injury cases, and he has successfully tried three of these to verdict.
Mr. Ward has experience defending products liability actions including those involving personal injuries, fires, and property damage. He has defended products including, among others, tree felling machines, leashes, busses, tractors, chemicals, cans, conveyor belts, hydraulic components, industrial forges, saws, machinery, and power tools. He has defended all phases of such cases, including investigation, discovery, and trial.
Mr. Ward has a broad commercial litigation practice that includes general commercial disputes, contract claims, construction litigation, and the representation of financial institutions. Mr. Ward has represented insurers against first party claims and third party claims on auto, home, life, and business policies.
He has experience in administrative matters before governmental agencies, and successfully sued the Department of Social Services on behalf of several martial arts facilities. Mr. Ward has represented local governments and their employees/officers, including police officers and sheriffs, in civil rights litigation, contract disputes, employment disputes, litigation with developers, and prisoner claims.
Mr. Ward regularly defends professional liability matters including the representation of attorneys accused of malpractice and ethical violations. He has also defended corporate officers accused of wrongdoing. Mr. Ward also has an appellate practice, and he has handled and argued matters before the Supreme Court of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of Louisiana.
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