Michael J. Crist

Michael J. Crist


Michael Crist is a partner with 28 years' experience handling product liability, toxic tort, and insurance defense cases. He has been a member of trial teams in California, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and has taken multiple cases to verdict. He has served as National Counsel for manufacturers, retailers, and distributors. While in Georgia, he served as in-house trial counsel for a major insurance carrier. Since moving to Florida, he has been integral in the preparation, management and/or trial of numerous cases nationwide.

In addition, Mr. Crist has successfully handled cases for Fortune 500 companies that manufactured and sold automobiles, forklifts, pharmaceuticals, and other products. He has also represented manufacturers and distributors of products that contained asbestos, formaldehyde, benzene, silica or refractory ceramic fibers. In such cases, his understanding of the relevant medical and scientific specialties, careful selection and retention of experts from multiple disciplines, and strategic use of discovery and investigators have produced positive, cost effective results. He has presented seminars on asbestos and formaldehyde litigation, premises liability, cross-examination techniques, and multiple insurance defense topics.

Practice Areas: Insurance Defense, Personal Injury, Product Liability; Toxic Tort Litigation; General Civil Litigation; Premises Liability; Wrongful Death Defense; National Coordinating/Trial Counsel

Admitted: U.S. District Courts, Southern & Middle Districts of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; State Courts, Georgia and Florida

Law School: Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1989

College: Emory University, B.A., 1986

Member: Georgia Bar, 1989; Florida Bar, 2004; American Bar Association; Defense Research Institute


         “Bringing Data to the Fog of War, or At Least Litigation – Retrospective Exposure Assessment,” For the Defense

         "Mass Tort Mania – The Effect of Saturation Advertising on Claims, Courts, and Memories," For the Defense, April

         "The Take-Home Tort – Fueled by Asbestos," Strictly Speaking, June 2016

         "Formaldehyde -- The Next Asbestos," For The Defense, November 2015

         "Managing Asbestos Claims and Litigation," Corporate Disputes, October 2015

         "Formaldehyde," Life Sciences Insider, 2011

         "Florida Appellate Courts Clash Over Florida’s Asbestos & Silica Fairness Compensation Act,”
         Environmental Toxic Tort Alert – July 2008


         Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference: Science/Medicine of the Talc Claims
                  Scheduled for October 1-3, 2018 in San Francisco, California
                  Moderator of Panel – The Science & Medicine of Talc Claims,
                  A discussion of the morphology, minerology, epidemiology, and medicine
                  of industrial and cosmetic talc claims

         ACI’s 23rd National Forum on Asbestos Claims and Litigation
                  Scheduled for May 21-23, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois

         Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview and Outlook
                  September 25- 27, 2017: San Francisco, California
                  Selected as a panelist of attorneys and scientists to analyze the methodology and
                  utility of retrospective exposure assessments as a means of establishing the
                  significance of claimed exposures for both causation and apportionment

         ACI’s 1st Annual Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation Conference
                  June 21-23, 2017: Chicago, Illinois
                  Moderator of Judicial Panel – A View from the Bench:
                  Judicial Insight into Toxic Tort Liability Litigation

         ACI’s 20th Annual National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Litigation,
                  January 14-15, 2016: Presentation Scheduled regarding Analytical Frameworks
                  Used in Take-Home Asbestos Cases & State of the Art

         ACI’s 19th Annual National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Litigation,
                  June 23-24, 2015: Presentation regarding Take-Home Asbestos Cases
                  - The Final Frontier of Asbestos Litigation

         ACI’s 18th Annual National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Litigation,
                  January 15-16, 2015: Presentation regarding Development of Apportionment
                  in Asbestos Cases – The What, The How, and The Why; Second Presentation
                  regarding the Take-Home Asbestos Cases – Challenges to the Court and the Parties

         ACI’s 17th Annual National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Litigation,
                  June 26-27, 2014: Presentation regarding Development of Apportionment
                  in Asbestos Cases – The What, The How, and The Why

         New York Claims Seminar, 2012:
                  Formaldehyde – Analysis of Recent Regulatory Pronouncements and Effect on Litigation

         Claims Seminar, Dallas Texas, 2012:
                  Mass Tort Florida Law Update

Published Appellate Cases:

         Fletcher v Water Applications Distribution Group, Inc., et al., A15A0527 (Ga. Ct. App. 2015)

         Hoffman v AC&S, Inc., et al., 248 Ga. App. 608, 548 S.E.2d 379 (2001)


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