Michael S.Quinlan


Cleveland + 1.216.586.1368

Michael Quinlan is a trial lawyer with experience as a trial team member in more than a dozen cases tried to verdict. Since joining Jones Day, Michael's practice focuses on product liability and complex commercial litigation, including class actions, mass tort, and public corruption.

Michael has been second-chair trial counsel on a number of jury trials and has conducted cross-examinations of fact and expert witnesses, handled jury instructions and charge conferences, and argued numerous motions at trial. He is currently involved in Jones Day's defense of the Engle progeny smoking and health lawsuits brought against R.J. Reynolds in Florida and was a member of the trial team in Durrance v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. that secured a complete defense verdict. His other representations have included Sherwin-Williams, FirstEnergy, and Jones Lang LaSalle.

Michael is also active in Jones Day's pro bono practice. He has represented several individual clients on a pro bono basis through the Firm, and he regularly attends local free advice clinics sponsored in conjunction with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.


R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Massachusetts wrongful death lawsuit
On March 27, 2019, following nearly four weeks of trial, a jury in state court in Dedham, Massachusetts returned a defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, in a wrongful death case.

R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Ellis "Engle progeny" lawsuit
On December 7, 2018, following ten days of trial, a jury in Tampa, Florida returned a defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a wrongful death action.

Conagra Brands acquires Pinnacle Foods for $10.9 billion in cash and stock
Jones Day advised Conagra Brands, Inc. in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Pinnacle Foods Inc. in a $10.9 billion merger.

R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Durrance "Engle progeny" trial
On February 8, 2017, Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company received a complete defense verdict in a wrongful death action.

American Greetings resolves putative class action over life insurance policies
Jones Day client American Greetings Corporation resolved a putative class action complaint brought by plaintiffs alleging that American Greetings misused employee information by purchasing life insurance policies on its employees, and then wrongfully collecting policy benefits.

Speaking Engagements

  • November 28, 2017All-a-Twitter: Lawyering in Today's Increasingly Social Media-Driven World
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