Michael B. Victorson is a Member in the Manufacturing, Construction, and Energy industry groups, focusing on product liability litigation, including toxic tort and asbestos related matters. He practices out of the Firm’s office in Charleston, West Virginia. He also serves as General Counsel to the Firm.
Michael is a valued member of the Jackson Kelly team, working mainly in the areas of complex and mass litigation, including class actions, in both state and federal courts. Michael has handled the representation of clients in numerous product liability and toxic tort cases. He served for many years as coordinating/liaison counsel for the defendants in statewide asbestos litigation and has been coordinating counsel for groups of defendants in other matters, including pharmaceutical class actions and silica litigation. He also has been defense liaison counsel in national pharmaceutical litigation consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in United States District Court.
Coordinating multi-party cases requires a special skill set. Fortunately, Michael is a people person – from problem-solving to coordinating to strategizing, he loves that his practice allows him to interact with so many clients and colleagues on a day-to-day basis. Whether he’s learning the intricacies of a client’s business or reviewing the applicable legal code, Michael makes it look easy thanks to his years of litigation experience. From depositions to preparing to go before the court, Michael is adept at all aspects of litigation.
Additionally, Michael handles 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. As a testament to his skill, Michael was named in Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers® as the Charleston, West Virginia Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in 2014 and 2018.
Michael is active in the community, having served in leadership positions for the United Way of Kanawha Valley, The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, the Federated Jewish Charities of Charleston, Inc., and the B'nai Jacob Synagogue. While some may call him a “foodie,” Michael just considers himself a lover of good food. Also interested in travel, he’s been all across North America and Europe. One of his favorite stops? The SkyBar in Bangkok, Thailand, made famous in the movie “The Hangover Part II”.