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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
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Mike Wetmore’s litigation successes stem from his in-depth knowledge of his clients’ businesses, a demanding attention to the facts of each case and his 45 + years of 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, some 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.

  • After a multi-year battle, obtained a favorable settlement at less than 10% of plaintiffs’ demand in a 70 plus plaintiff toxic tort case in state court in the southern United States.
  • Currently defending a Fortune 500 company at a major Superfund Site involving the manufacture of explosives and ammunition where the potential investigative and remediation liability exceeds $100 million.
  • Tried nine environmental insurance cost recovery cases to jury verdict in federal court in New York City. Examined and cross-examined expert and fact witnesses and 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 releases at a manufacturing plant. The case settled favorably after plaintiffs’ experts were excluded following a Daubert motion.
  • 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 plaintiffs’ class action damages.