Michael Kidney > Hogan Lovells US LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hogan Lovells US LLP
United States

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Michael Kidney has more than 25 years of experience winning lawsuits – and doing it efficiently. Clients often turn to Michael when they are facing high-stakes consumer class actions, product liability claims, and complex commercial litigation.

As a result of filing early dispositive motions, Michael has won the outright dismissal of dozens of lawsuits – at the very outset of the case. These dismissals have resulted in opinions that have been widely cited. For example, Michael secured the dismissal, with prejudice, of a group of defendants from a multi-district litigation proceeding involving a consolidated nationwide class action filed in a plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction and involving over-the-counter pharmaceutical products.

In other cases, Michael has been able to resolve the case early by narrowing the issues in discovery, developing facts that lead to an early resolution, and employing alternative dispute resolution strategies. Michael firmly believes that there are many ways to resolve a case other than by engaging in protracted and expensive discovery.

Michael’s complex civil litigation practice has also included such diverse matters as disputes involving software development agreements, environmental litigation, directors’ and officers’ liability, and litigation involving the interpretation and enforcement of indemnification agreements.




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


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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation

Hogan Lovells US LLP represents both traditional automotive companies and emerging mobility industry players. It routinely works with leading participants and disrupters across the industry supply chain; and leverages its global team for cross-border work. In Washington DC, the track record of transportation regulatory practice head Latane Montague includes high-stakes transport industry-related safety and emissions crises; and rail practice leader Kevin Sheys is ‘thoroughly versed in railroad environmental law‘. Also integral to the DC office are transport and logistics sector leader, Joanne Rotondi; automotive industry co-head William Yavinsky; and Michael Kidney, who has longstanding experience in defending automotive industry-targeted lawsuits. In New York, John Sullivan acts in franchise litigation and related disputes, while senior counsel Carl Chiappa is a widely respected motor vehicle franchise law expert. In Denver, counsel Emily Kimball has served as outside counsel for the Railway Supply Institute since 2012. Notable growth in DC includes the early 2021 promotion to partner of Ryan Ford, who handles litigation for motor vehicle manufacturers; and the January 2022 elevation to counsel of transportation industry-focused environmental and safety regulation expert, Kathryn Lannon.