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Michael F. Walker

Michael F. Walker

Partner

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Alabama, U.S.A.

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Michael Walker handles a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters across a number of industries. Much of his practice involves the defense of product liability and toxic tort claims against businesses that design and make things or operate industrial facilities. He has also represented businesses in commercial litigation, primarily in disputes involving intellectual property, real estate, and class actions. Michael has tried cases to verdict in court and arbitrated matters to successful conclusions before panels of both the American Arbitration Association and JAMS. He is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated.

In his product liability practice, Michael has defended the design and manufacture of all manner of products. Examples include hip and knee replacement devices, mineral spirits, clothes dryers, tires, and smoke detectors. He has resolved and managed disputes at all stages, from pre-suit through appeal. For cases that cannot be resolved early on, he has significant experience in working with and challenging expert witnesses and in formulating and executing e-discovery plans. 

Outside of the product liability area, some of Michael’s representative matters include the defense of a coal plant operator in a long-running series of class action and mass action lawsuits brought by different groups of nearby property owners, as well as his representation in arbitration of national manufacturers in disputes with their regional distributors.

Michael also devotes significant time to pro bono matters. He recently obtained a settlement, one week before trial, for an inmate who was assaulted and injured while in prison. He is currently assisting several veterans with civil legal issues after meeting them through the Birmingham Bar Association’s Volunteer Help Desk program.

In addition, working with several local federal judges, Michael re-drafted the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, leading to the issuance of a substantially revised version of those Rules in 2016. He was selected for this project through the Birmingham Bar Association’s Civil Courts Committee and Federal Practice Section.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 2004

Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama

Education

  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., 2004, Washington & Lee Law Review, Lead Articles Editor
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 2001
Areas of Practice
Blogs

Declassified
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding...

Family Business Advocates
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Bradley’s Family Business Advocates Blog is a resource for family business owners and advisors. All business owners must plan ahead, think strategically and manage risk in order for their businesses to thrive. Family business owners must also manage family dynamics in the business, build...

It Pays to Be Covered™
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Bradley’s It Pays to Be Covered™ Blog discusses insurance law developments and industry trends in property and casualty insurance, including the growing cyber insurance market, coverage for drones, and blockchain exposures. We also address practical risk management strategies of interest to risk...

Patent 213
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written...

Tennessee Appellate Review
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

A successful appeal depends on counsel’s substantive understanding of appellate rules, procedures, and strategies. The Tennessee Appellate Review blog is a resource for commentary and insights on the latest state and federal appellate news. Join the conversation as we analyze decisions from the...

The Law of Order
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as...

Underwritten
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Underwritten covers topics related to life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. Our team of experienced attorneys and authors offers insight on the issues insurers face as they seek to serve their policyholders and to mitigate risk. The blog covers significant court decisions,...

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