Michael Shalhoub is a proven trial lawyer who focuses his practice on product liability defense for the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. In his more than 30 years of experience, he has resolved more than 100 cases at the trial stage and achieved numerous defense verdicts. His experience includes cases involving product liability as well as medical malpractice, business and commercial disputes, insurance coverage, construction accidents, and general liability.

Mike is a Co-Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Life Sciences Practice Group and a nationally recognized authority on product liability defense, medical device litigation, and trial technique. He is the Chair of the international Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel’s Product Liability Section and a former Chair of the FDCC’s Drug, Medical Device, and Biotechnology Section. Mike is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the 22,000-plus-member Defense Research Institute and a past Chair of DRI’s Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee. He has written and lectured for national audiences on emerging trends in drug and medical device litigation, Daubert preclusion of scientific expert testimony, and other topics. He is the co-editor of Life Science Matters, Goldberg Segalla’s blog covering the latest legal developments involving medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Mike brings to each matter exceptional scientific and technical understanding developed through his experience handling dozens of complex, high-exposure product liability cases across the country. He has defended manufacturers that span the full spectrum of health-related and personal care products, ranging from medical laser components, anesthesia machines, CPAP machines, eye care products, and joint implants to denture cream, hair care products, hospital and home care safety devices, and mobility aids. He is integrally involved in the firm’s role as science counsel for a major product manufacturer in the dental adhesive cream federal multi-district litigation. Mike’s recent work also includes defending a golf car manufacturer in personal injury cases involving rollover accidents.

Mike has been selected by his peers and clients for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and New York Super Lawyers for a number of years, and he was named among the Top 25 Attorneys in Westchester County in Super Lawyers several times.

Honors
  • Best Lawyers in America 2013–2015 (Commercial Litigation)
  • Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers (Personal Injury Defense: Products)
  • Best Lawyers in New York 
  • Top Attorneys list in the New York Metro Area
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute: National member of Board of Directors, 2005–2008; Medical Liability Committee (Steering Committee, Past Committee Chair, Public Relations Contact - East); Member, Annual Meeting Steering Committee, 2005–2008; Chair, Blockbusters/CLE Programming; Chair, Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee, 2003–2005; Co-Program Chair, 2002 Seminar Medical Liability and Health Law Committee, New Orleans; Member, Editorial Board, Daubert Compendium
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel: Chair, Product Liability Section; Vice-Chair, Management, Economics, and Technology Section; Faculty member, Litigation Management College; Past Chair, Drug, Device, and Biotechnology Section, 2005–2006; Past Vice Chair, Medical Malpractice Section; 2004 Nominating Committee; State Representative
  • Litigation Counsel of America: Fellow
  • Former member, New York State Medical Defense Bar Association
  • Vice President, Eastchester Bar Association  
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Westchester Chapter
  • Past Chair, Internet Coordinating Committee, New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Past Chair, Restatement Third Sub-Committee, Products Liability Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
Civic Activities
  • Former Board of Directors member, Ardsley Curling Club
  • Former Board of Governors member, Leewood Golf Club
  • Past Member, Brant Lake Association
Education
  • St. John's Law School, J.D., 1982
  • Fordham University, B.A., 1979
Publications/Presentations
  • Editor and Contributor, Life Science Matters: druganddeviceblog.com
  • Co-Author, “‘Weight of the Evidence’ Approach: A Backdoor Attempt to Undermine the Court’s Daubert Gatekeeping Obligation,” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, September 2014
  • Featured in “And The Defense Wins,” Defense Research Institute, May 28, 2014
  • Co-Author, “Wireless Devices and Mobile Apps: FDA Speaks,” Defense Research Institute Medlaw Update, February 28, 2014
  • Quoted in “Medical App Guidance May as Well be Mandatory,”Wall Street Journal Morning Risk Report, October 31, 2013
  • Presenter, “Mobile Medical Apps: FDA Regulation and Products Liability Implications,” Medmarc Webinar, October 23, 2013
  • Co-Author, “FDA Guidance on Wireless Devices: What You Need To Know,”Medical Device + Diagnostic Industry, September 30, 2013
  • Presenter, “Experts: Knowing When and How to Use Them,” FDCC Litigation Management College, June 2013 and June 2012
  • Presenter, “Social Media and Internet Liability Risks,” FDCC Summer Meeting, July 2013
  • Author, “FDA and Social Media Advertising,” Paper Prepared for MEDMARC Medical Device Seminar, June 2012
  • Chair, DRI Rainmaking Seminar, March 2012
  • Presenter, “iPad Apps for the Law Practice,” FDCC Summer Meeting, July 2011
  • Presenter, “Efficient Case Handling,” FDCC Summer Meeting, July 2010
  • Quoted in “Are You Twittering or Frittering?Property Casualty 360, February 2010
  • Co-Author, “To Tweet or Not to Tweet, Understanding the Synergy Among Social Media,”  December 29, 2009
  • Presenter, “Product Liability Case Law Update,” DRI Products Liability Seminar, February 2008
  • Interviewed in “Move to Crack Down on Expert Witnesses,” National Law Journal, December 19, 2005
  • Author and Presenter, “The Impact of HIPAA’s Privacy Rules on the Discovery of Health Information,” paper and materials for lecture at Winter Meeting of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel in March 2004, Hawaii
  • Author and Moderator of Panel Discussion, “The Clients Speak: What They Need and Why They Need It,” DRI Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar, March 2004, Nevada
  • Author, “Post Trial Motions,” chapter in text on the Trial of the Civil Lawsuit, New York State Bar Association, 2004
  • Author and Presenter, “The Second Front: Strategies For Managing Insurance Coverage Issues,” Roundtable Discussion at American Conference Institute’s Drug & Medical Device Litigation Seminar, December 2003, New York
  • Author, “Excluding Expert Testimony in Medical Malpractice Litigation,” For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, October 2003
  • Author, “Ephedra-Based Dietary Supplement Products and Issues For Product Sellers,” MIM Reporter, October 2003
  • Lecturer, “Ephedra Liability Issues for Product Sellers,” Pharmacy Liability Sub-Committee of DRI’s Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar, March 2003, Nevada