Michael K. Alston: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Michael K. Alston

Partner
Chattanooga,  TN  U.S.A.
Phone423.755.2651

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Practice Areas

  • Healthcare
  • Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
  • Business Litigation
  • ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Product Liability
  • Ancillary Service Providers
  • Pharmaceuticals
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 423.755.2651
Fax: 423.266.5499
http://www.huschblackwell.com/michael-alston/
 
University Texas A&M University, B.B.A., Management, 1986
 
Law SchoolCumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D., 1989 Order of Barristers, American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Editor-in-Chief
 
Admitted1989, Tennessee; 1991, Alabama
 
Memberships 

Professional Associations and Memberships

2008 Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Publicity Committee

•Alabama State Bar

•American Health Lawyers Association

American Journal of Trial Advocacy, National Alumni Foundation, Board of Directors, 2008-present

•Brock-Cooper American Inn of Court, 2001-present; Master, 2012-present; Executive Committee, Program Chair, 2004-2006

•Chattanooga Bar Association, President, 2005

•Chattanooga Bar Foundation, Fellow

•Defense Research Institute

•Federal Bar Association, Chattanooga Chapter, Membership Committee Chair, 2011; Board of Directors, 2012-2013

•Rule 31 General Civil Mediator

•Tennessee Bar Association

 
Biography

With more than two decades of experience handling commercial and personal injury litigation, Mike represents hospitals and health systems, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, medical device manufacturers and mail-order pharmacies as a member of the firm's Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals team.

Examples include:

•Securing a complete dismissal with prejudice for the chief medical officer of a public hospital after six years of protracted and contentious litigation.

Defending breach of contract action brought by former hospital chief executive officer. The matter was resolved before trial.

Defending manufacturer of Sharps container and transporter of medical waste in action filed by a physician's assistant who was pricked by a needle. The matter was resolved before trial.

Mike advises business clients in the areas of Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other benefit claims, first-party insurance, lender liability, construction, hospital executive separation and fiduciary duty issues. In addition, his complex product liability and toxic tort litigation has involved strict liability, failure to warn, breach of warranty and other related claims.

Mike also has handled commercial and personal injury litigation, as well as multidistrict litigation and insurance disputes. He is a certified Rule 31 mediator within the Tennessee judicial system.

Civic Involvement

First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Ruling Elder, 2005-present; Chair of World Missions Executive Committee, Chair, 2003-present

•Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), Committee on Mission to the World, Board Secretary, 2011

Experience

Secured a complete victory for the chief medical officer of a public hospital in a case alleging federal and state constitutional deprivations, antitrust violations, breach of contract, procurement of breach and interference with existing and prospective business relationships and conspiracy.

•Defended breach of contract action brought by former hospital chief executive officer. The matter was resolved before trial.

•Defended manufacturer of Sharps container and transporter of medical waste in a 'fear of acquired immune deficiency syndrome' action filed by a physician's assistant who was pricked by a needle. The matter was resolved before trial.

•Assisted with the representation of numerous multidistrict product liability actions involving contraceptives. Some matters were dismissed on motions and others were resolved before trial.

•Defended a pharmaceutical company in a wrongful death product liability action arising from an overdose by a minor. The matter was resolved on the eve of trial.

•Defended manufacturer of animal vaccines in product liability actions. The matters were resolved before trial.

•Represented several nursing home entities in patient actions arising from injuries and/or deaths. The matters were resolved before trial.

•Defended manufacturers of surgical stools, physical therapy machines, infant intravenous (IV) needles and catheters, forceps and other medical devices in product liability actions. Some matters were dismissed on motions and others were resolved before trial.

•Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a pharmaceutical company against a Title VII claim for race and gender discrimination.

•Represented one of the world's largest automakers in a product liability action in which the plaintiff suffered serious and debilitating injuries from alleged carbon monoxide poisoning. The U.S. District Court ultimately granted summary judgment to the client on statute of limitations and incompetency grounds.

•Assisted with the representation of a tank car manufacturer in a complex product liability action involving a leak of arsenic acid at a rail yard. A favorable settlement was reached after months of investigation and years of litigation with the client's co-party and indemnitor. The client was ultimately voluntarily dismissed before retrial of the action.

•Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a large publicly owned provider of electric power on statute of limitations and contractual limitations of liability grounds.

Business Insights



Business Insights

12.20.13 So You Want to be a Plaintiff's Healthcare Liability Attorney?: The Risks of Non-Compliant HIPAA Medical Authorizations in Tennessee Pre-Suit Notices Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Blog

7.17.13 SCOTUS Doubles Down on Design Defect Labeling Preemption and Rescues Generic Drug Manufacturers From the Stop-Selling Abyss Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Blog

4.18.12 Lessons in Litigation: Seminar Series
Seminar Chattanooga, TN

12.07.11 Lessons in Litigation: An Interactive Breakfast Series
Seminar Chattanooga, TN

10.19.11 Lessons in Litigation: An Interactive Breakfast Series
Seminar Chattanooga, TN

In The News

5.21.08 Chattanooga Bar Foundation Honors Michael K. Alston as Fellow
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So You Want to be a Plaintiff’s Healthcare Liability Attorney?: The Risks of Non-Compliant HIPAA Medical Authorizations in Tennessee Pre-Suit Notices
Michael K. Alston, December 27, 2013
As I approach the quarter century mark of my practice as a tort, healthcare and commercial litigator, predominately on the defense side, I reflect on some of the land mines that face the defense bar. These land mines include missing an affirmative defense, failing to join a necessary party, failing...


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Michael K. Alston

736 Georgia Avenue, Suite 300
ChattanoogaTN 37402




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