Michael B. Victorson

BIOGRAPHY
Phone: (304) 340-1079 | Fax: (304) 340-1051 | Email: mvictorson@jacksonkelly.com
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202


Michael B. Victorson is a Member of Jackson Kelly PLLC, resident in Charleston, West Virginia. He is General Counsel to the Firm and Leader of the Pharmaceutical, Toxic Tort and Product Liability Practice Group. His practice is focused in the areas of complex and mass litigation, including class actions, in both state and federal courts. Mr. Victorson has handled the representation of clients in numerous product liability and toxic tort cases. He has served for many years as coordinating/liaison counsel for the defense in state-wide asbestos litigation and has been coordinating counsel for groups of defendants in other matters, including pharmaceutical class actions and silica litigation. He has also been defense liaison counsel in national pharmaceutical litigation consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in United States District Court. Mr. Victorson also continues to handle other matters in the areas of business litigation, environmental litigation and the defense of personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has appeared and represented clients in numerous state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.

Mr. Victorson is a frequent speaker at programs and seminars, including bar programs and national seminars on product liability and asbestos litigation. He has authored or co-authored several materials, including surveys on State Class Action Law and Statutes of Limitation and Repose Applicable to Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation, published by the American Bar Association, among others. In 2013, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals appointed Mr. Victorson to a select committee to undertake a comprehensive review of the West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure and to make recommendations regarding changes to the Rules.

Mr. Victorson serves on numerous boards and committees related to the practice of law, the community and various charitable organizations. He is also a member of and participant in various bar associations and other organizations related to the practice of law, including the American Bar Association, the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. He has been named a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Victorson is a member of the Visiting Committee of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Medical Eye Bank of West Virginia. He was a member of the Visiting Committee of the West Virginia University College of Law for four years and spent six years as a member of the Board of Governors of Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, of which he is a founding member and former chair of the Product Liability Committee. Additionally, Mr. Victorson has previously served as the president of the Collectors Club for the Juliet Art Museum at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston and as a member of the board of directors of The Clay Center. He has been the president of Federated Jewish Charities of Charleston, on the board of which he still sits, and has previously held leadership roles with United Way and previously served on the Appeal Board for the Southern District of West Virginia of the United States Selective Service System.

Mr. Victorson attended West Virginia University (Bachelor of Arts 1976), where he graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and the West Virginia University College of Law (Juris Doctor 1979), where he graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in West Virginia, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Victorson is an "AV Preeminet" Peer-Review Rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and is named in Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America® (Mass Tort Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation and Commercial Litigation), Law & Politics' West Virginia Super Lawyers (Personal Injury Defense: Products) and is routinely listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the Law.

 
Legal Experience
 
1999 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1983 - 1999Robinson & McElwee LLP
1979 - 1983Love, Wise, Robinson & Woodroe
 
Education
 
1979J.D.West Virginia University College of Law
1976 B.A.West Virginia University (Political Science)
 
Bar Admissions
 
1979West Virginia
 
Court Admissions
 
1992Supreme Court of the United States
1986U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
1980U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
1979U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
1979U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
1979West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Professional Involvement:
  • Appointed to Select Committee to review West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, 2013
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member, Toxic and Hazardous Substance Committee, Vice Chair, 2010-2011
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (Charter Member), Member of Board of Governors, 1992-98, Chair of Product Liability Committee, 2003-2009
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
  • West Virginia University College of Law Visiting Committee, Member, 1996-2000
  • ALFA International (American Law Firm Association), Member, Board of Directors, 1998-99
  • West Virginia State Bar, Member, Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Committee

Community:
  • Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University, Visiting Committee, Member, 2017-present
  • Clay Center Museum of Art Collectors Club, President, 2009-2011; Vice President, 2007-2009 and Member, Board of Directors, 2002-2012
  • Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Member, Board of Directors, 2009-2011
  • Medical Eye Bank of West Virginia, Treasurer and Member, Board of Directors; Chairman of the Board, 2017-present
  • Federated Jewish Charities of Charleston, Inc., President, 2004-2007, and Member, Board of Trustees, 1994-2010
  • B'nai Jacob Synagogue, President, 2001-2003, and Member, Board of Trustees
  • United Way of the Kanawha Valley, Chairman, Lawyers Division, 1988-1990; Chairman, Professional Division, 1992-1993; Member, Admissions Committee, 1990-1992
  • Appeal Board for Southern District of West Virginia, U.S. Selective Service System, Member (former Chairman)

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Speaker at Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Bar Association at The Homestead - "Millennials, Marketing and Metrix - New Rules for a New Generation", Aug. 2016
  • Speaker and Panel Member at IADC/FDCC Joint Law Firm Management Conference in Chicago, Illinois on "Metrics, What You Don't Know Can Hurt You", May 2015
  • Speaker at Annual Meeting of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) in Asheville, North Carolina, on Relations among Clients, Carriers, National Coordinating Counsel, Trial Counsel and Local Counsel in Mass Litigation, July 2012
  • Speaker at meeting of Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia - Product Liability Committee, “Does Jurisdiction Follow the Product?," Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S.A. v. Brown, 131 S. Ct. 2846 (2011), Sept. 15, 2011
  • Speaker and panel member of PESI, "West Virginia Evidence Workshop," Charleston, West Virginia, April 20, 2007
  • Speaker and panel member at PESI, "West Virginia Evidence Workshop," Charleston, West Virginia, April 28, 2006
  • Speaker, West Virginia Continuing Legal Education Seminar on West Virginia Civil Procedure, "Rule 26 and the Scope of Discovery: Let's Read the Rule," Charleston, West Virginia, June 2005
  • Speaker, Mealey's National Asbestos Conference on Current Issues in Asbestos Litigation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sept. 2002
  • Speaker, The West Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting on "Pro Hac Vice Admissions, Multi-Jurisdictional Practice and the Unauthorized Practice of Law," May 2002
  • Speaker on self-critical analysis privilege at seminar on Product Liability issues sponsored by ALFA International (American Law Firm Association) in Rancho Mirage, California, March 1998
  • Speaker on toxic tort and environmental litigation at programs sponsored by Eastern Mineral Law Foundation, Cambridge Institute and Federal Publications, Inc.
  • Instructor, "Introduction to Law and Legal Research," West Virginia University College of Law, 1978-79

Writings and Publications:
  • "Recent Developments in the Learned Intermediary Doctrine," Rx for the Defense, DRI Drug and Medical Device Committee, Winter 2007
  • "Non-Testifying Consultants Can Help in Case Preparation," XIII Product Liability Law and Strategy, No. 8, Leader's, Feb. 1995
  • West Virginia Section, Survey of State Class Action Law, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • West Virginia Section, State-by-State Survey of the Statutes of Limitation and Repose Applicable to Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Products Liability Litigation Committee, 1997
  • "How to Interpret Insurance and Indemnification Provisions in Mining Contracts," co-author, 14 Energy Mineral Law Foundation par.7.03 (1993)
  • "Clean Air Act Supersedes Request for Injunctive Relief for Nuisance," 5 Hazardous Waste and Toxic Torts, Law and Strategy, No. 11, April 1990
  • "Torts: Parent's Recovery for Loss of Society and Companionship of Child," 80 W.Va. Law Review 340, 1978
  • West Virginia University Law Review, Associate Editor, 1978-79

Awards and Honors:
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2018 Charleston-WV Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Charleston-WV Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in the Litigation Section of Super Lawyers® Business Edition for Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2013-2016
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Charleston-WV Mass Tort Litigation "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Environmental, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2006-2018
  • Named in the  2007-2017 editions of West Virginia Super Lawyers® (Personal Injury Defense: Products)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Order of the Coif
  • Magna Cum Laude, West Virginia University, 1976
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Mountain Honorary
  • Patrick Duffy Koontz Scholarship Recipient
  • West Virginia University College of Law Moot Court Board Member, 1977-1979
  • President, Student Bar Association, West Virginia University College of Law, 1978-1979
  • Listed in Who's Who In American Law
  • Listed in Who's Who In America
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