Paul M.Pohl (Mickey)

Of Counsel

Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.7900

Mickey Pohl has extensive trial and appellate experience having handled such cases throughout the country for more than 40 years. He has tried a wide variety of jury and non-jury cases across the United States and has argued numerous appeals in state and federal courts. Mickey has counseled clients on U.S. litigation issues in Europe, South America, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. His practice includes product liability, toxic tort, antitrust, corporate governance, telecommunications, natural resources, and health care matters. He is one of few lawyers who has tried massive public nuisance cases.

Mickey has tried cases and handled multicase, multijurisdictional litigation projects for such clients as Firestone, General Motors, Sherwin-Williams, U. S. Steel, The Williams Companies, Yamaha, and UPMC. He also has represented dioceses, colleges, and religious orders.

Mickey is a Life Member of The American Law Institute where he has taught trial advocacy, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also has chaired the Lawyer's Advisory Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and has served as Chairman of the Board of the Rand Corporation's Institute for Civil Justice. Mickey is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in four categories, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers has listed him as the "Best Lawyer" in "Bet-The-Company" litigation. In 2017, the Legal 500 publication named Mickey to its inaugural "Hall of Fame" for his litigation successes.

Mickey also regularly lectures at Marine Corps University.


  • Sherwin-Williams defends lead paint actions brought by California cities and countiesJones Day is defending The Sherwin-Williams Company against claims brought by ten of California's largest cities and counties.
  • UPMC successfully navigates high-profile disputes with HighmarkJones Day has represented UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) in several multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional engagements involving UPMC's decision to not renew its in-network contracts with Highmark Inc. ("Highmark"), the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association's licensee in Western Pennsylvania.
  • UPMC awarded over $188 million in arbitration with Highmark over rates for outpatient oncology servicesJones Day client University of Pittsburgh Medical Center ("UPMC") won over $188 million in arbitration against health insurer Highmark Inc.
  • UPMC resolves two antitrust lawsuitsJones Day client the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) resolved two antitrust lawsuits after it moved to enforce a 2012 global settlement agreement that had been negotiated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.
  • UPMC obtains dismissal of Lanham Act claimsJones Day represented the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center ("UPMC") and eight of its subsidiary hospitals against allegations of false advertising, breach of contract, and tortious interference with contractual relations brought by insurer Highmark Inc. in connection with UPMC's "Keep Your Doctor" advertising campaign.
  • Sherwin-Williams defends against suit alleging injuries to children from ingestion of lead paintJones Day represented The Sherwin-Williams Company and other former manufacturers of white lead carbonate pigments in action involving over 160 plaintiffs in two different cases.
  • Sherwin-Williams persuades the Mississippi Supreme Court that plaintiff failed to prove injury from lead paintJones Day successfully defended The Sherwin-Williams Company against a teenager's claim that he ingested Sherwin-Williams' lead paint as a toddler and was permanently injured.
  • U.S. Steel defends against claims brought by Rosebud Mining and Xcoal for breach of contract and promissory estoppelJones Day defended United States Steel Corporation against claims brought by Rosebud Mining, a coal supplier, and against cross-claims brought by co-defendant Xcoal, a coal broker.
  • Yamaha successfully defends nationwide litigation of product liability cases and claims involving the Rhino side-by-side ("SxS") vehicleJones Day leads Yamaha's defense of Rhino cases and claims pending in the United States.
  • Sherwin-Williams prevails in landmark public nuisance suit over lead pigment before Rhode Island Supreme CourtThe Rhode Island Supreme Court overturned a jury verdict against Jones Day client, The Sherwin-Williams Company, and other former lead pigment manufacturers, stating that the trial court should have dismissed the public nuisance claim at the outset.
  • Sherwin-Williams wins preliminary injunction decision in first case invalidating contingency fee agreement on due process groundsThe Court of Common Pleas (Lucas County, Ohio) dismissed the City of Toledo's lawsuit against a group of former manufacturers of lead pigment and lead paint, including Jones Day client, The Sherwin Williams Company.
  • Sherwin-Williams summary judgment win in St. Louis lead paint case is affirmed by Missouri Supreme CourtJones Day represented The Sherwin-Williams Company in connection with a lawsuit brought by the city of St. Louis against the lead paint industry for injunctive relief and damages associated with past and future abatement of lead paint.
  • Sherwin-Williams successfully defends judgment in lead paint poisoning case on appealJones Day successfully represented The Sherwin-Williams Company in a lead paint poisoning case.
  • Sherwin-Williams prevails in public nuisance claim by NJ cities and counties seeking lead paint abatement and health care costsJones Day represented The Sherwin-Williams Company, a former manufacturer of lead pigment and lead paint, against public nuisance claims brought by 26 cities and counties seeking lead paint abatement and health care costs.
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