Michael H.Ginsberg (Mike)

Partner

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Mike Ginsberg is a trial lawyer who represents policyholders in disputes with insurance companies regarding coverage for product and environmental liabilities, toxic torts, and bad faith. Mike's practice also involves the trial of toxic tort, environmental claims, construction, and commercial disputes. In addition he assists clients with the evaluation and management of asbestos liabilities.

Mike has litigated insurance coverage cases for Cooper, Eaton, Beazer, Cameron, Elliott Company, Joy, Lincoln Electric, McGraw-Edison, PCS, Penn Fuel Gas, Tyco, and Weir Group, among others. He has served as insurance counsel in a number of high-profile bankruptcy matters and frequently advises clients with regard to insurance issues in corporate transactions.

Mike chairs the Firm's Lawyer Training Committee and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) for whom he serves as a program director and teacher. He has traveled to Kenya on multiple occasions to teach trial skills to Kenyan lawyers in a program sponsored by Lawyers Without Borders, NITA, and Jones Day and has taught trial skills programs in Japan, Ireland, and Scotland. Mike is an Adjunct Professor at Emory Law School and serves as the Director of the Law School's Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques. Mike served for nine years as president of the board of the Pittsburgh Public Theater and currently serves on the boards of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (Chair of the Finance Committee) and the Community College of Allegheny County Educational Foundation (Treasurer).

Experience

  • Eaton wins summary judgment on duty to defendJones Day represents Eaton Corporation affiliate Cooper Industries, LLC in a claim for insurance coverage for CERCLA liabilities of a predecessor entity arising from the Lower Passaic River Study Area in Essex County, New Jersey.
  • Eaton wins Sixth Circuit appealJones Day represents Eaton Corporation affiliate Cooper Industries, LLC in a claim for insurance coverage for CERCLA liabilities of a predecessor entity arising from the Lower Passaic Rivers Study Area in Essex County New Jersey.
  • Potash Corporation resolves dispute over insurance coverage for liabilities arising from Ward Transformer Superfund SiteJones Day represented Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Inc. subsidiary PCS Phosphate Company, Inc. in its claims for insurance coverage for liabilities arising from the Ward Transformer Superfund Site in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Potash Corporation seeks coverage for environmental liabilitiesJones Day represented Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Inc. subsidiary PCS White Springs in connection with its claim for insurance coverage for environmental liabilities arising from Tropical Storm Debby.
  • Eaton wins summary judgment in coverage disputeJones Day represented Eaton Corporation affiliate Cooper Industries, LLC in connection with its claim for insurance coverage for environmental liabilities arising from a former Studebaker Manufacturing Facility in South Bend, Indiana.
  • PMFG acquired by CECO Environmental for $150 millionJones Day represented PMFG, Inc. (NASDAQ: PMFG) in its $150 million acquisition by CECO Environmental Corp. (NASDAQ: CECE).
  • Eaton seeks coverage for superfund liabilitiesJones Day represented Eaton Corporation subsidiary Cooper Industries, LLC in connection with its claim for insurance coverage for environmental liabilities arising from the Standard Chlorine Chemical Company Superfund Site.
  • Several companies receive favorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling denying plaintiff's Oil-For-Food Program appealOn June 15, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari review filed by the Republic of Iraq in a $10 billion racketeering action against multiple defendants, including several Jones Day clients.
  • Potash Corporation wins motion to dismissJones Day represented Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Inc. in a lawsuit brought by an insurer in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois seeking a declaratory judgment against Potash Corporation in connection with an insurance claim made by a subsidiary of Potash Corporation, which was the subject of a lawsuit Potash Corporation filed by the subsidiary in state court in Florida earlier that same day.
  • National emergency medical services company seeks insurance coverage against negligent retention claimsJones Day represented a national emergency medical services company and its wholly owned regional subsidiary as plaintiffs seeking insurance coverage for claims against the companies, including negligent retention and supervision, based on allegations that a paramedic assaulted female passengers during emergency transport.
  • Client obtains dismissal from claims related to international humanitarian aid programJones Day acted as principal counsel to a client who sought dismissal of a complaint alleging improprieties related to the administration of an international humanitarian aid program.
  • National owner of multifamily residential and commercial apartment complexes resolves multiple claims against general contractor and design professionals for severe construction and design defectsJones Day represented a national owner of multifamily residential and commercial apartment complexes in Charlotte, North Carolina, Columbus, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in connection with multiple claims against the general contractor and design professionals for severe construction and design defects.
  • Jones Day partners in Kenya work on Rule-of-Law pro bono projectsMike Ginsberg, a partner in the Pittsburgh Office of global law firm Jones Day, returned to Kenya this summer to continue his pro bono work with Lawyers Without Borders on Rule-of-Law projects.
  • PCS litigates CERCLA cost recovery and contribution claimsJones Day represents PCS Phosphate Company, Inc. with regard to administrative issues and litigation regarding the Ward Transformer Superfund Site in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • National owner of multi-family residential and commercial projects prevails against attempt to invalidate exclusive development rightJones Day prevailed in a declaratory judgment action brought against its client, a national developer and owner of multi-family residential developments as well as commercial and office projects.
  • Weir Group acquires Novatech for £113m (US$176 million)Jones Day advised The Weir Group, PLC in its acquisition of Novatech, LLC, a manufacturer of full open valve and seat technology serving the oil and gas industry, for US$176 million.
  • Jones Day partners work in Kenya for Lawyers Without Borders Rule-of-Law projectJones Day's Pittsburgh partner Mike Ginsberg and Columbus partner Chad Readler traveled to Nairobi in August to participate in an eight day Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) program focused on improving the trial skills of Kenyan prosecutors and private practitioners who litigate cases involving victims of gender violence.
  • Elliott brings declaratory action against Carrier involving liabilities of personal injury asbestos claims before 1981Jones Day client Elliott Company, Inc. ("Elliott") has sued Carrier Corporation ("Carrier"), seeking a declaratory judgment that Carrier did not transfer by contract to Elliott in a 1981 corporate reorganization the liabilities for thousands of personal injury asbestos claims arising from products made by Carrier and the predecessor Elliott Company before 1981.
  • Kenyan magistrate judges and lawyers receive training on the prosecution and trial of cases involving violence against womenTwo Jones Day partners were among the core instructors for Lawyers Without Borders' third annual Trial Advocacy Training Program in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Elliott Ebara litigates and arbitrates breach of contract claimsJones Day successfully represented Elliott Ebara Turbomachinery Corporation in litigation and arbitration regarding breach of contract for failure to pay for equipment.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • October 15, 2015
      2015 Regional Energy Conference: Navigating Turbulences in Global Oil & Gas Markets
    • September 17, 2014
      Opening Statements: An Advanced Look, 2014 Celesq Webcast Series
    • July 25, 2014
      Jones Day Regional Energy Conference, International Implications of the Marcellus and Utica Shale
    • May 21, 2014
      Experts and Their Role in Case Development, 2014 Celesq Webcast Series
    • March 26, 2014
      Tips for Creating Winning Trial Themes, 2014 Celesq Webcast Series
    • December 1, 2013
      Closing Arguments at Trial-Pulling the Theme Together, 2013 Celesq® Webcast Series
    • November 1, 2013
      Cross Examination at Trial-Picking Your Fights, 2013 Celesq Webcast Series
    • October 1, 2013
      Keys to Dynamic Direct Examination at Trial-Telling the Story in a Compelling Fashion, 2013 Celesq Webcast Series
    • March 7, 2013
      Exhibits at Trial, 2013 Celesq Webcast Series
    • February 14, 2013
      Jones Day Regional Energy Conference, Harnessing Regional Opportunity in the new Energy Economy
    • January 24, 2013
      Voir Dire, 2013 Celesq Webcast Series
    • December 11, 2012
      Tips for Persuasive Motion Argument, Celesq AttorneysEd Center
    • 2012年11月
      美國專利訴訟-台灣公司的對策
    • September 6, 2012
      Preparing for, Taking, and Defending Depositions, 2012 Celesq Webcast Series
    • December 15, 2011
      2011 Trial Skills Celesq® Webcast Series
      Closing Arguments at Trial - Pulling the Theme Together
    • November 17, 2011
      2011 Trial Skills Celesq® Webcast Series
      Cross Examination at Trial - Picking Your Fights
    • October 18, 2011
      2011 Trial Skills Celesq® Webcast Series
      Keys to Dynamic Direct Examination at Trial - Telling the Story in a Compelling Fashion
    • September 14, 2011
      2011 Trial Skills Celesq® Webcast Series
      Effective Trial Opening Statements: Avoiding the Perils and Overcoming the Fears
    • August 19, 2010
      Exhaustion of Limits and Relatated Issues - How Triggered Primary and Excess Policies Respond to Claims in an All-Sums Environment, All Sums Litigation Conference
    • October 21, 2009
      Exhaustion of Limits and Related Issues - How Triggered Primary and Excess Policies Respond to Claims in an All-Sums Environment, All Sums Litigation Conference
    • June 18, 2009
      2009 Speaker Series: Captive Insurance and International Reinsurance
    • November 7, 2006
      The Differences and Similarities in Dealing with Primary v. Excess Carriers, All Sums Litigation Conference

    • Environmental Business Risks and Insurance Solutions, Cochair, Pennsylvania Bar Institute

    • NITA's National Trial Program, Assistant Team Leader

    • Mealey's Insurance 101 Conference, Cochair and Presenter (Insurance Discovery)

    • Mealey's Insurance 101 Conference, Presenter (Insurance Discovery)

    • Mealey's Environmental and Toxic Tort Insurance Coverage Conference, Cochair
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