Michael John Ramirez

Partner

  • Office Contact Info
  • Biography

    Michael John Ramirez is a partner in the Dallas office of Gordon & Rees’s Environmental/Toxic Tort, Commercial Litigation, Trucking & Transportation and Professional Liability Defense practice groups. He has represented clients in a nationwide practice involving products liability, mass torts, and premises liability, including toxic exposures to asbestos, silica, formaldehyde, mixed dust cases, vapors, mold, cotton dust, benzene, and other chemical exposures. Mr. Ramirez has extensive experience in trial and motion practice and has appeared in courts for trial across the country. He has served as regional trial counsel for several jurisdictions as well as lead trial counsel in Texas for several clients. Mr. Ramirez has coordinated the defense of claims reaching the thousands and effectively managed large case dockets. Mr. Ramirez previously served as the Chair of the Mass Tort/Product Liability group in a prominent Dallas law firm.

    Mr. Ramirez’ tort and commercial litigation practice is broad based and includes prosecution and defense of breach of contract, fraud, business disputes, fiduciary duty, the Texas Theft Liability Act, tortious interference, trucking litigation, computer forensics, internal investigation of data breach, DTPA, TCPA, CFAA, FCPA, ethics, theft of trade secrets, construction defect, and warranty claims. He also has consulted with clients on the inspection and investigation of their companies and facilities.

    Mr. Ramirez has consulted with and represented individuals and companies in professional liability matters including lawyers, medical professionals and hospitals, design and engineering professionals. Mr. Ramirez also has defended clients before the State Bar grievance committee. Mr. Ramirez is a former legal professional liability claims counsel who managed litigation and coverage issues for a major insurance carrier. Mr. Ramirez has presented nationwide on Legal Malpractice and Ethics and recently gave a presentation on ethical issues titled “In-House or Outside Counsel: Which is More Dangerous? Current Issues Involving Ethical Conflicts, Spoliation and Sanctions.” Mr. Ramirez has substantial investigative, litigation, and trial experience as both a prosecutor and civil attorney.

    Prior to his legal career, Mr. Ramirez proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.

    Admissions

    Texas
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas


    Memberships

    American Bar Association (ABA)

    • Internet of Things Committee
    • Mass Torts/Products Liability Committee
    • E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee
    • Privacy and Computer Crime

    International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
    Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow (LCA)
    Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
    Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
    State Bar of Texas
    Texas Center for Legal Ethics

    Community Involvement

    Active in community support, local schools, and youth sports.

  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience
    • Obtained a take nothing judgment following trial for all plaintiffs in a $55 million, ten plaintiff products liability/mass tort case in Brownsville, Texas.
    • Obtained a defense verdict for one client and a 10% liability verdict for another client eclipsed by settlement credits in a $50 million dollar products liability/mass tort case in El Paso, Texas.
    • Obtained defense verdicts in a multi-plaintiff, multimillion-dollar products liability/mass tort case in east Texas.
    • Obtained numerous summary judgments in products liability/mass tort cases.
    • Obtained favorable dispositive ruling in securities fraud case against a receiver.
    • Successfully defended and obtained a dispositive ruling based on application of Delaware law on behalf of a leading commercial real estate capital advisory firm in a 20 million dollar fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract case.
    • Successfully prosecuted a trade secrets theft case involving the manufacturing and sale of knock off products.
  • Publications & Presentations

    Publications and Presentations

    • “The Internet of Things, Civil Liability & Privacy,” 2016
    • "In-House or Outside Counsel: Which is more dangerous? Current issues involving Ethical Conflicts, Spoliation and Sanctions," 2015-2016
    • Contributing author, “Expert Witness Answer Book, The Expert at Trial: Direct Examination,” 2012
    • Co-presenter, “The Bankruptcy Connection,” 13th Annual National Asbestos Litigation Conference, October 2010
    • Speaker, “Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation,” March 2010
    • Speaker, “The United States Government: The Scope and Reach of its Historical Sophistication,” Defense Research Institute, November 2008
    • Speaker, Texas Asbestos Litigation Conference, Harris Martin 2008
    • Speaker, Mealey’s Benzene Litigation Conference, June 2007
    • Speaker, “Benzene Litigation,” Mealey’s Toxic Tort Update: Texas Conference, March 2006
    • Speaker, “Then and Now: The 2006 Asbestos Litigation Landscape,” Mealey’s Fundamentals of Asbestos Conference, February 2006
    • Speaker, “The Latest Expert Admissibility Challenges in the Asbestos Arena,” Mealey’s 101 Conference, July 2005
    • Speaker, “In the Line of Fire-Identifying the Targets,” Wall Street Asbestos Forum, April 2004
    • Speaker, “How to deliver a Powerful Closing Argument,” National Business Institute, June 2003
    • Speaker, “Ethical Considerations of Litigation,” National Business Institute, June 2003
    • Speaker, “Current Trends in Mass Tort Litigation,” Dallas Bar Association, May 2003
    • Speaker, “New Theories and Tactics in Mass Tort Litigation,” Critical Issues in Mass Tort Litigation, The Texas Lawyer, April 2003
    • Speaker, “Sharing the Pain – How to Distribute Proportionate Responsibility,” Critical Issues in Mass Tort Litigation, The Texas Lawyer, April 2003
    • Speaker, “Overview of Premises Liability Cases,” Mealey’s Asbestos Premises Liability Conference, February 2003
    • Speaker, “Trends in Toxic Mass Tort,” 11th Annual Texas Minority Counsel Program “Diversity: A World of Opportunity,” Dallas, Texas 2003
  • Education

    Education

    J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law

    B.S., University of Utah

    Honors

    Texas Super Lawyers, Mass Tort & Product Liability, 2003-2006, Business Litigation, 2014-2018

    Appointed to ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law, 2005-07