Michael W. Drumke, partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, has been named 2023 "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Chicago.
Michael focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including toxic tort, product liability, pharmaceutical, class action and commercial litigation. He has represented clients in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Alabama, Washington, Oregon, California, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Practice Group.
He serves as national trial counsel for a defendant named in asbestos-related litigation across the country. He has also served as national coordinating counsel for a manufacturer defendant in asbestos-related litigation and lead counsel for several premises owners named in toxic tort litigation in the Midwest. He has authored articles and given presentations nationally on the subjects of recent developments in toxic tort law, class actions, environmental litigation, insurance coverage issues, trial techniques and cannabis law.
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