Michael A. Pichini

Mr. Pichini is a partner with the firm. His practice is concentrated in civil litigation with an emphasis on product liability defense. His practice also includes mass toxic torts, lead paint, construction litigation and subrogation matters. In the products field, Mr. Pichini deals regularly with pharmaceutical products and industrial minerals. He has participated in product liability and personal injury trials in California and Maryland in state and federal courts. He has also practiced in numerous state and federal jurisdictions on a pro hac vice basis, conducting discovery, motions practice and general trial preparation. Before practicing law, Mr. Pichini held a number of positions in the insurance industry dealing with property and casualty claims as well as multi-tiered risk management.

Mr. Pichini currently acts as national coordinating counsel for an international industrial mineral producer involved in mass tort litigation across several states. As a result of his aggressive defense strategy including discovery, expert retention, trial preparation and trial in over 20 jurisdictions in both state and federal courts, he has effectuated a dramatic reduction in the number of these cases over an eight-year period.

Mr. Pichini is a member of the firm's pharmaceutical defense team and has been involved with nationwide discovery and defense strategy in past and current pharmaceutical litigation. 

He has successfully achieved favorable resolution through trial and negotiation of numerous asbestos cases pending in Maryland state and various federal courts, including federal Multidistrict Litigation. 

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Professional Experience

  • Partner – Goodell DeVries (2007 - Present)
  • Associate – Goodell DeVries (2000 - 2007)
  • Associate – Pfeifer & Fabian, P.A., Baltimore, MD (1998 - 2000)
  • Adjuster – State Farm Insurance, Oaks, PA (1997 - 1998)
  • Associate – Brayton Purcell, LLP, Novato, CA (1996)
  • Extern – The Honorable Raymond J. Arata, Jr., San Francisco Superior Court (1995 - 1996)

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • The Justinian Society
  • The Defense Research Institute
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.
  • Maryland State Bar Association

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Representative Matters

Mr. Pichini acted as the state court liaison trial counsel for commercial plaintiffs in a high profile complex subrogation matter involving various local, state and federal entities as well as numerous private business concerns as a result of water damage caused by a chemical explosion and subsequent fire along a major Northeast rail line. He was responsible for coordinating plaintiffs' discovery and aggressively pursuing access to the witnesses, locations and instrumentalities involved in the claimed loss. 

He represents the interests of local property owners sued in lead paint cases in Maryland and has successfully defended these clients on numerous occasions.

Selected Reported Cases

  • Beverlee Barthel, Personal Representative of the Estate of William L. Goulart, Sr., et al. v. ACandS, Inc., et al., (Md. App. 2002)
  • Kamara, et al. v. Edison Brothers Apparel Stores, Inc., et al., 765 A.2d 1005 (Md. App. 2001)
  • Baltimore Gas and Electric Company v. Alcore, Inc., (Md. App. 2001)

 

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Publications

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