Paul M. Pohl

Paul M. Pohl
Firm: Jones Day
Address: 500 Grant Street
Suite 4500
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2514
Phone: (412) 394-7900
Fax: (412) 394-7959
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Lawyer Profile:

Mickey Pohl heads Jones Day's Business and Tort Litigation (USA) Practice. He has extensive trial and appellate experience having handled such cases across the country for more than 30 years. He has counseled clients on U.S. litigation issues in Europe, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean. His practice includes product liability and toxic tort matters and government investigations, including Consumer Products Safety Commission matters, as well as antitrust, corporate governance, telecommunications, natural resources, and corporate criminal litigation.

For more than 20 years, Mickey has led the team representing The Sherwin-Williams Company in lead paint and pigment cases. He has tried cases for such clients as Firestone, General Motors, Sherwin-Williams, U. S. Steel, The Williams Companies, and Yamaha. He also has represented dioceses, colleges, and religious orders.

Mickey is a member of The American Law Institute and has taught trial advocacy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is one of the authors of Conflicts of Interest - A Trial Lawyer's Guide and chaired the Lawyer's Advisory Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is Chairman of the Board of the Rand Corporation's Institute for Civil Justice. Mickey is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. The BTI Consulting Group named him a "Client Service All-Star." He was chairman of the 2007 United States Open golf championship. He also regularly lectures at Marine Corps University.

Current Employment Position(s):

Areas of Practice:
Product Liability & Tort Litigation
Trial Practice
Consumer Products & Retail
Financial Services
Metals & Mining
Business and Tort Litigation (USA)
Bar Admissions:
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1975
Honors: cum laude
Honors: Order of the Coif
Honors: Winner of The Gourley Cup Trial Competition
Law Review: Law Review, Editor-in-Chief

Princeton University, 1970
Honors: cum laude
Honors: Lyman Atwater Prize in Politics
Honors: National Science Foundation Grant for Postgraduate Research

Published Works:
BPA, Phthalates, and the Law, 2010

Representative Cases:
Sherwin-Williams defends against Milwaukee public nuisance action (2009)
Sherwin-Williams defends lead paint litigation filed by Houston school district
Sherwin-Williams prevails in landmark public nuisance suit over lead pigment before Rhode Island Supreme Court (2009)
Sherwin-Williams wins preliminary injunction decision in first case invalidating contingency fee agreement on due process grounds (2009)
Yamaha defends nationwide litigation of product liability cases and claims involving the Rhino side-by-side ("SxS") vehicle (2009)
Past Employment Positions:
Justice Samuel J. Roberts, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Law Clerk

Judge Joseph Weis, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, Intern

U.S. Marine Corps, 1971 - 1972

West Practice Categories:
Asbestos Mesothelioma, Drugs & Medical Devices, Litigation & Appeals, Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

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