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  • Education
    • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1975
    • M.A., Indiana University, 1972
    • B.A., cum laude, Indiana University, 1971
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1976
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1975
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2000
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1975

Michael Wetmore’s litigation successes stem from his in-depth knowledge of his clients’ businesses, a demanding attention to the facts of each case and the experience to advise his clients on the most cost effective way to handle major litigation. 

Mike concentrates his litigation practice in two main areas: environmental litigation and toxic tort litigation. Mike’s environmental litigation includes two several months-long superfund cost recovery trials and nine jury trials in federal court in New York City, where he successfully recovered more than $180 million from various insurance companies as a result of jury verdicts and related settlements. Mike has successfully resolved numerous complex environmental cost recovery matters throughout the United States. His toxic tort experience includes defending class actions, as well as mass torts with more than 300 plaintiffs. Clients include major chemical manufacturers with facilities throughout the United States. Mike and his team have successfully defended lawsuits involving mercury, chlorobenzenes, TCE, PCE, chloroform, DMA, PCBs, lead, and a variety of chlorinated solvents.

  • Tried nine environmental insurance cost recovery cases to jury verdict in federal court in New York City.  Examined and cross-examined expert and fact witnessesand achieved jury verdicts and related settlements that resulted in the client collecting more than $180 million.
  • Represented chemical manufacturer in a putative class action alleging property damage from releases of mercury. Following a multi-day hearing, the court denied class certification and the case, along with nine other personal injury cases,favorably settled.
  • Defended Fortune 100 company in a 300-plus plaintiff mass tort action alleging property damage and emotional distress from mercury released at a mercury cell chlor-alkali plant.  The case settled favorably after plaintiffs’ experts were excluded under Daubert.
  • Represented a distributor of chlorinated solvents in a three-month-long CERCLA cost recovery action, resulting in a judgment of less than one percent of the amount sought by the plaintiff.
  • Achieved dismissal of all claims in a 35-plaintiff toxic tort case following a successful Daubert motion that excluded the plaintiffs’ experts. The plaintiffs alleged that the client’s facility emitted a noxious odor and loud noises.
  • Obtained defendant’s verdict for a global provider of ingredients and solutions to the food and beverage industry in a two-week, 13-plaintiff toxic tort case in state court in south Alabama. The jury returned the defendant’s verdict in 45 minutes.
  • Achieved a favorable settlement of a 500-plus plaintiff property damage and emotional distress class action case after successful motion denying successor liability gutted the class.
  • The U.S. District Court ordered dismissal with prejudice of a 250-plus plaintiff mass tort alleging harm from chemicals released following a train derailment when plaintiffs could not comply with the case management order requiring early disclosure of alleged harm.
  • Obtained early dismissal of lawsuit alleging that client’s chemical product caused damage to water supply pipes in large condominium complex. Plaintiff homeowners association agreed to dismissal rather than fight a challenge to the merits of the case.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing a medical monitoring claim brought in New Jersey on behalf of a putative class of Alabama residents.Plaintiffs alleged that waste shipped from New Jersey caused damage to them in Alabama. Although pending in a favorable plaintiffs’ forum, all claims were dismissed with prejudice.