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 former Chair of the international Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel’s Product Liability Section and its 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.

In the area of medical liability, Mike has defended many types of health care malpractice actions including pharmacy malpractice, dentist malpractice, medical malpractice, physical therapy malpractice, and nursing malpractice, as well as licensing and disciplinary actions for health care providers. The specialties of his clients and cases range from anesthesiology to urology and from catastrophic loss to minor cases. He has also represented a number of major hospitals in medical malpractice cases as self-insured entities.

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.

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2007–19
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2006–18; Top 25 in Westchester County, 2008–10, 2014–15
  • Best Lawyers in New York 
  • Top Attorneys list in the New York Metro Area
  • MEDMARC Attorney of the Year, 2001
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI): National member of Board of Directors, 2005–08; Medical Liability Committee (Steering Committee, Past Committee Chair, Public Relations Contact - East); Member, Annual Meeting Steering Committee, 2005–08; Chair, Blockbusters/CLE Programming; Chair, Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee, 2003–05; Co-Program Chair, 2002 Seminar Medical Liability and Health Law Committee, New Orleans; Member, Editorial Board, Daubert Compendium
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel: Vice-Chair, Management, Economics, and Technology Section; Faculty member, Litigation Management College; Past Chair, Drug, Device, and Biotechnology Section, 2005–06; Past Chair, Product Liability Section; Past Vice Chair, Medical Malpractice Section; 2004 Nominating Committee; State Representative
  • Litigation Counsel of America: Fellow
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA)
  • 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
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Wisconsin
Civic Activities
  • President, Ardsley Curling Club
  • Former Board of Governors member, Leewood Golf Club
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Brant Lake Association
  • Ethics Committee Chair, United States Curling Association
  • St. John's Law School, J.D., 1982
  • Fordham University, B.A., 1979
  • "Marijuana Risks on the Horizon," James River/VCU Seminar, Richmond, VA, March 6, 2019
  • "Medical Professionals and Legalized Medical Marijuana - Navigating Murky Waters," DRI Marijuana Law Seminar, Chicago, IL, June 16, 2018
  • "What's Coming Now and in the Future: A Roundtable Chat on Emerging Issues in Talc, Nanotechnology, and Marijuana," GS Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, May 23, 2017
  • "Seeing Through the Haze of Medical Marijuana-Related Liability" (Co-Presenter), GS Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, May 23, 2017
  • "To Warn or Not to Warn: When the Science Behind the Hazard is Controversial" (Co-Presenter), MedMarc Risk Management Webinar Series, March 22, 2017
  • "Risks Associated with Fitness Devices and Apps and Data," SFIA Legal Task Force: Legal and Risk Management Summit, New Orleans, LA, February 1, 2016
  • "Doing Business in the United States," Tuscany Life Science Cluster, Florence, Italy June 2015
  • "Mobile Medical Apps and the FDA," Medmarc Medical Device Seminar, June 2015
  • "Experts: Knowing When and How to Use Them," FDCC Litigation Management College, June 2012–15