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Michael Kidney

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Michael Kidney's practice focuses on product liability litigation, general civil litigation, class action defense, and personal injury law. His product liability practice involves a variety of products, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics, food products, automobiles, and a wide range of other types of products.


Following graduation from law school, he served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He joined Hogan Lovells in 1990.


Member, American Bar Association; Member, Bar of the District of Columbia; Member, Defense Research Institute.


J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1989; B.A., cum laude, Yale University, 1986.

United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport

Baltimore-based Lauren Colton heads the product liability practice at Hogan Lovells US LLP, which has significant experience handling class actions and MDLs in the automotive sector. In one recent highlight, Latane Montague led advice to Daimler Group on the high-profile product recall arising from Takata’s defective airbags. Together with Adam Kushner, Montague continues to represent Hyundai in its Clean Air Act settlement commitment. Jessica Ellsworth handles sector-related appellate work and Michael Kidney is another name to note.

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United States: Industry focus

Transport: rail and road - litigation

Within: Transport: rail and road - litigation

The team at Hogan Lovells US LLP has considerable strength in auto franchise disputes and regularly defends auto manufacturers and trucking companies in major class actions, including product liability and antitrust claims. New York-based Carl Chiappa is defending Kia Motors America in multiple actions filed by terminated auto dealers. In the Los Angeles office, Colm Moran is defending Jaguar Land Rover North America (JLRNA) in a claim brought by California New Car Dealer Association concerning JLRNA’s export policy. In the rail space, Washington DC-based Adam Kushner and Cate Stetson represent American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers in litigation against Union Pacific. Michael Kidney focuses on consumer class actions and product liability. Justin Savage joined Sidley Austin LLP.

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