Michael L. Kidney | Washington, D.C. | Hogan Lovells

Michael L. Kidney

Partner Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Kidney Michael

Michael L. Kidney
Kidney Michael
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"Highly recommended."

Legal 500

Michael Kidney has more than 25 years of experience winning lawsuits – and doing it efficiently. Clients often turn to Michael when they are facing high-stakes consumer class actions, product liability claims, and complex commercial litigation.

As a result of filing early dispositive motions, Michael has won the outright dismissal of dozens of lawsuits – at the very outset of the case. These dismissals have resulted in opinions that have been widely cited. For example, Michael secured the dismissal, with prejudice, of a group of defendants from an MDL proceeding involving a consolidated nationwide class action filed in a plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction and involving over-the-counter pharmaceutical products.

In other cases, Michael has been able to resolve the case early by narrowing the issues in discovery, developing facts that lead to an early resolution, and employing alternative dispute resolution strategies. Michael firmly believes that there are many ways to resolve a case other than by engaging in protracted and expensive discovery.

Michael's complex civil litigation practice has also included such diverse matters as disputes involving software development agreements, environmental litigation, directors' and officers' liability, and litigation involving the interpretation and enforcement of indemnification agreements.

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"Highly recommended."

Legal 500

Representative experience

Won dismissal of defendants from consolidated nationwide consumer class action involving over-the-counter pharmaceutical products.

Successful representation of university in a putative class action filed by current students that resulted in the lawsuit becoming a single plaintiff case.

Represented university client in connection with allegedly negligent protocol design and purportedly insufficient informed consent process.

Represented university client in connection with incomplete informed consent notice delivered to clinical trial participants.

Won the outright dismissal, at the motion to dismiss stage, of nearly a dozen consumer class actions targeting automotive OEMs.

Secured a very favorable MDL class action settlement for an automotive OEM targeted with more than 54 consumer class actions.

Secured an important ruling that a California state consumer protection statute did not apply to a foreign parent corporation.

Secured an unprecedented 50 percent reduction in lodestar in connection with a favorable settlement in a MDL consumer class action involving automotive companies.

Secured a favorable settlement in an automotive consumer class action involving remedy limited to class members residing in certain states.

Serves as national product liability counsel to one of the largest providers of allografts in the country.

Served as national product liability counsel for a major biologics company faced with numerous lawsuits.

Served as national coordinating counsel to a major automotive manufacturer for all preemption issues.

One of several firm lawyers who served for many years as national coordinating counsel to a major automotive manufacture for product liability claims.

Served as a member of the national trial team for an automotive manufacturer that handled all trials and binding arbitrations involving air bags.


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, 1989
  • B.A., Yale University, cum laude, 1986
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • District of Columbia
Court admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Bar of the District of Columbia


Transportation: Road (Automotive) (Nationwide)

Chambers USA

Transport: Rail and Road - Litigation and Regulation, Recommended

Legal 500 US

Class Action MVP


Acritas Star

Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers

Dispute Resolution: Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Actions: Automotive/Transport - Defense

Legal 500 US

Dispute Resolution: Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices - Defense

Legal 500 US

2012-2014, 2016
Recommended, Product Liability Defense

Who's Who Legal



Insights and Analysis

08 August 2022

Published Works

February 2022
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