Michael S.Quinlan


Cleveland + 1.216.586.1368

Mike Quinlan is a trial lawyer with experience in more than 20 cases tried to verdict. Mike's practice focuses on product liability and complex commercial litigation, including multidistrict litigation (MDL), class actions, mass tort, public corruption, and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations.

As trial counsel, Mike has conducted direct and cross-examinations of fact and expert witnesses, including oncologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, epidemiologists, and economic damages experts. He has handled jury instructions, charge conferences, and argued significant motions, including motions for summary judgment and motions for new trial. He is also involved in the preparation of cases for trial, including consulting with expert witnesses, taking and defending depositions, working with jury consultants, and all other aspects of discovery. He has been involved in Jones Day's defense of product liability lawsuits brought against R.J. Reynolds in Florida, Massachusetts, and across the country. His other representations have included Sherwin-Williams, FirstEnergy, and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).

Mike is also active in Jones Day's pro bono practice and serves as the Firm's representative in The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland's Partners in Justice Program. He has represented pro bono clients in litigation in federal and state courts, and he regularly attends local free advice clinics sponsored in conjunction with The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.


  • R.J. Reynolds successfully enforces patents in ITC trial against Philip Morris in dispute over cigarette alternativeJones Day's client Reynolds achieved a precedent-setting victory before the International Trade Commission (ITC) against its main competitors Philip Morris Products S.A. ("Philip Morris") and Altria Client Services LLC ("Altria") in a patent infringement dispute involving tobacco heating and vaping products.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Massachusetts wrongful death lawsuitOn 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" lawsuitOn 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 stockJones 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" trialOn 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 policiesJones 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.