Michael Carroll has more than 16 years of experience defending major medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in product liability matters. Michael has served as national, regional and workup coordinating counsel for several Fortune 500 companies providing cost-efficient, effective representation that maximizes the value of their legal spending. Michael proactively assists his clients with resolving litigation before trial becomes necessary.

Michael is a compelling oral advocate. He has briefed and argued various motions in state and federal courts nationwide leading to dismissals of cases before trial. Michael has obtained dismissals after persuading courts that product recalls do not equate to a defect under the law, and he has significant experience with the issue of the preemption of claims against manufacturers of prescription medical devices. He has also obtained dispositive motion victories on the grounds of innocent seller statutes, corporate veil statutes, product identification deficiencies and statutes of limitations.

Michael is a creative thinker who is willing to try bold strategies that have led to significant cost-savings for his clients. He also has the confidence to make tough decisions and give frank advice. Michael has significant experience in mass torts and multidistrict litigation and has guided strategy in all aspects of trial preparation, including initial case strategy, producing company witnesses, and deposing experts and key prescribing and treating physicians in bellwether cases.

Past Experience

Before becoming an attorney, Michael gained experienced in federal and state regulatory and legal compliance matters at a Fortune 500 company.

Personal Interests

Michael is a tennis fan and player. He has attended Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open.

Services & Industries


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit




Drake University Law School
J.D. with highest honors; Order of the Coif; Drake Law Review, Editor-in-Chief; 2004 HG Cartwright Award for Best Note (2004)

Central College
B.A. in French, cum laude (1991)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Kansas City Lesbian, Gay and Allied Attorneys — Past Founding Board Member

Firm Leadership

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee


  • Shook Hardy — Diversity award for founding Kansas City Lesbian, Gay and Allied Attorneys organization
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