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Michael V. Ciresi is a founding partner of Ciresi Conin LLP. He is the former Chairman of the Executive Board of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Mr. Ciresi’s trial practice and consulting is focused in the areas of product liability, intellectual property, business and commercial litigation. Some of his more visible cases include Kraft Foods Global, Inc./Mondelez International, Inc. v. Starbucks; WCRA, et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., et al., Charbonneau v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Pfizer, Inc.; Zwayer v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Pfizer, Inc., Whitley v. Pfizer, Inc., State of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota v. Phillip Morris Incorporated, et al., Paul Wellstone, et al. v. Aviation Charters, et al., Honeywell v. Minolta, Unocal Corporation v. Atlantic Richfield Company, et al., Pitney Bowes v. HP, Ecolab v. Ford, et al., the Dalkon Shield litigation, Copper-7 litigation and the Government of India v. Union Carbide in which Mr. Ciresi was chief counsel to the Government of India. He has obtained nearly $12 billion in verdicts, awards and settlements on behalf of clients during his career.
Mr. Ciresi is consistently recognized with annual awards by numerous prestigious organizations. Mr. Ciresi is one of the few number of lawyers who has been recognized on two occasions in the National Law Journal’s annual list of “Ten of the Nation’s Top Trial Lawyers,” and in 1997, 2000 and 2006 was named by the Journal as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” In 1997, he was also named “Lawyer of the Year” by Minnesota Law & Politics. In 1998, he was awarded the “Trial Lawyer of the Year Award” by Public Justice Foundation (formerly The Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation). He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1989. Mr. Ciresi was named a runner-up for “Lawyer of the Year” in 1998 by The National Law Journal and in 2001, was named best product liability attorney in America by Corporate Board Member magazine. Mr. Ciresi is named in The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. He is also a member, among other professional organizations, of the American Board of Trial Advocates, American College of Trial Lawyers, Inner Circle of Advocates and International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Ciresi devotes a substantial amount of time to philanthropic activities. In 1999, he founded and serves as the Chairman and President of the Ciresi Walburn Foundation for Children (formerly, the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Foundation for Children). The Foundation has made grants in excess of $23 million with primary emphasis in pre-K – 12 education. Mr. Ciresi also serves on numerous other educational and philanthropic boards.
Last updated August 2019