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Michael H. Carpenter
Mike Carpenter is an experienced trial lawyer who is widely regarded as one of the country's leading litigators. Over the years, he has tried cases and represented clients throughout Ohio and in some 35 other states. In the process, he has earned recognition as one of the Best Lawyers In America in three areas: Bet-the-Company Litigation (2014 Columbus Lawyer of the Year), Commercial Litigation, and Defendants Personal Injury Litigation (2012 Columbus Lawyer of the Year); he is an Ohio Super Lawyer; and he is a Chambers U.S.A. designee in commercial litigation. He was named one of the country's 500 leading litigators by Lawdragon.com, joining just seven other Ohio lawyers on that list.
Among the cases he has handled and tried are class and individual actions for automobile manufacturers, banks and insurers, antitrust cases, ERISA/pension litigation, numerous takeover suits, securities cases, automobile products liability actions, minority shareholder disputes, joint venture disputes, and First Amendment media cases. Mike has tried cases throughout Ohio, as well as coast to coast, from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, from Bonners Ferry, Idaho to Nashville, Tennessee.
Among these representations, Mike was asked to serve as national coordinating counsel for five years for a major automobile manufacturer in the area of "passive restraint" litigation, to defend class action and individual cases involving national marketing programs, and to handle the defense of numerous class action cases arising from security deposit interest claims in automobile leases. Mike also served as lead counsel in a series of consumer class action suits pending throughout the United States involving consumer fraud, recall, and no-injury economic loss claims, including successfully trying a certified consumer class to defense verdict in Los Angeles. He has served as Lead Counsel in Multi-District Litigation, has defeated a class in a multi-party toxic tort/environmental suit, and is defending major insurers in antitrust and class action cases throughout the Country.
Mike has served on various boards of organizations, such as The American Heart Association and The Columbus Academy, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Ohio State University Foundation, the National Alumni Council of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (where he has served as an adjunct Emeritus Professor), the Chief Justice Thomas Moyer Legacy Fund Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Bar Association Foundation, where he currently serves as President. He and his wife have been active supporters and leaders in numerous community charitable fundraising efforts, in addition to being the parents of three children.
Education and Honors:
The Ohio State University (B.A., summa cum laude and with distinction, 1974)
Phi Beta Kappa
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., 1977)
Order of the Coif
State of Ohio, 1977
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 1978
Supreme Court of the United States, 1989
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 1989
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1989
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1992
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1995
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2011
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2013