Michael is an experienced litigator who practices in the firm’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Group. He has spent the majority of his career defending clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device and biologics industry. Michael also served as a JAG Officer in the Army National Guard where he presided as a judicial advisor.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2000
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
    • New York: Eastern (pro hac vice)
    • District of New Jersey: - (pro hac vice)
    • California: Central (pro hac vice)
    • Illinois: Northern (pro hac vice)
    • Florida: Middle (pro hac vice)
    • Texas: Northern (pro hac vice)
    • West Virginia: Southern (pro hac vice)
    • Pennsylvania: Eastern (pro hac vice)
    • District of Minnesota: - (pro hac vice)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • State Court Pro Hac Vice Admissions:
  • California
  • Florida
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey 
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Texas

Civic Involvement

  • Trinity United Methodist Church, Gulfport
    • Staff Parish Council
  • Gulf Coast Writer's Association
  • University of Southern Mississippi Foundation Board
  • Gulfport Century Club
  • Gulfport Youth Sports Association
    • Baseball Coach
  • Gulfport Yacht Club

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2014-2017
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Products: Defense, 2012-2017
    • Mid-South Rising Stars, 2008-2009
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2016-2019
  • Mississippi Army National Guard
    • Lieutenant Colonel (MS), Retired
    • Judge Advocate General
  • Graduate, Leadership Mississippi
  • Graduate, Leadership Pine Belt

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, 2000
    • Mississippi Cases Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
    • Appellate Competition Chair, Moot Court Board
  • University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., Business Administration, 1992

Experience

  • Mr. Hewes has tried, or assisted in the trial of, numerous jury trials.  His recent experience includes:
  • In Re Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Marketing, Sales Practices, and Product Liability Litigation (E.D. P.A) (2016).
  • Regina Jackson v. Johnson & Johnson et al., New Jersey trial involving Tylenol and liver injury (2015).
  • Hutto v. McNeil, et al., Louisiana trial involving acetaminophen overdose (2010).
  • Thomas Gaines v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., California trial involving Children’s Motrin and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (2010).
  • Karen Robinson v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., Illinois trial involving Children’s Motrin and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (2009).
  • Stephanie Zundel v Johnson & Johnson, et al., New Jersey trial involving Children’s Motrin and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (2009).
  • Sabrina Brierton Johnson v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., California trial involving first product liability case in connection with Children’s Motrin and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (2008).
  • Cona v. Merck & Co., Inc.; New Jersey trial involving Vioxx (2006).
  • More...

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