Micah's practice focuses on product liability and pharmaceutical litigation, serving as national counsel on numerous mass tort matters. She has represented clients such as Pfizer, Eli Lilly and Company, Bausch & Lomb, and Covidien in both state and federal courts. She defends and manages national litigation on behalf of various product manufacturers, including pharmaceutical, medical device and tobacco manufacturers. Specifically, Micah has significant experience defending complex cases, including class actions, MDL proceedings and third-party contribution cases. Micah coordinates mass tort litigation and advises clients in all aspects of product liability defense. Her experience includes: leading strategy; removal of state court actions and defending against remand of same; coordinating all aspects of discovery including selection, review and production of electronically-stored information (ESI); preparing cases for trial; negotiating inventory and individual settlements; advising clients on litigation strategy; and overseeing class settlement and consolidated proceedings. Micah currently serves as national counsel on vaccine litigation for several companies, and has significant experience with litigation involving women’s health products.
Micah has worked with expert witnesses in many disciplines, preparing defense experts and challenging plaintiffs’ experts through depositions and motion practice. Micah is also adept at early resolution of cases through phased discovery plans, targeted discovery and early motion practice. She has successfully used strategies such as Lone Pine orders, early resolution of causation issues through staged discovery and aggressive dispositive motions to limit or terminate litigation before full-blown merits workup of individual cases. Micah also has experience in targeted settle-and-defend strategies that aggressively resolve selected cases while simultaneously defending weak cases in order to favorably define the scope of mass litigation.
In addition to her product liability practice, Micah is actively involved in representing pro bono clients, participating in local bar activities and serving on bar association committees. Micah was also a founding member and the fundraising chair of the Protect Your Child Day project.
Micah is active in the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and graduated from the KCMBA Bar Leadership Academy in 2010. Micah also serves on several charitable boards and regularly volunteers for local and national charitable organizations focused on children and families.
Publications and Media
Quoted, New Partners 2021: Steady Rate, Strange Year, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, February 12, 2021.
Co-Author, 11th Circ. Pushback On Professional Litigation Guides, Law360, October 7, 2014 (with Marie Woodbury).
Co-Author, Thimerosal and Autism: A Paradigm for Judges to Act as Gatekeepers, LJN’s Product Liability Law & Strategy, Vol. 25, No. 9, March 2007.
Author, Emotional Distress, Mo. Damages §§4.1-4.25, 2d ed., 2001.