Michael has litigated all manners of pharmaceutical, biologic and medical device cases throughout the United States, most recently serving as Trial Counsel and Co-National Counsel in a mass tort pharmaceutical action. He has developed expertise in preparing and defending company witnesses at deposition and trial, and has published and spoken on this topic nationally. He has served on numerous trial teams, including Jackson v. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Case No. ATL-L-880-13, Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic County, named one of CVN’s Top 2015 Defense Verdicts.
Michael is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South Super Lawyers, and he is AV -Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell . He is a graduate of Leadership Mississippi and Leadership Pine Belt. He is involved in a number of industry organizations, including DRI’s Drug and Medical Device Committee and International Association of Defense Counsel. He routinely writes and speaks on issues pertaining to drug and medical device litigation. He also authored The Tempestuous Trial of Maybelline Meriweather, a work of children’s fiction published by River Road Press in 2018, as well as his first novel, Watermark, published by Samntoff Press in 2016.
Michael retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard in 2009 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (MS). While in the National Guard, Michael served as trial counsel for both enlisted and officers and presided as judicial advisor on military separation boards.
•Best Lawyers in America
•Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2016-2019
•Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury - Products: Defense, 2012-2018
•Mid-South Rising Stars, 2008-2009
•AV - Preeminent Peer Review Rated, 2014-2017
•Mississippi Army National Guard
•Lieutenant Colonel (MS), Retired
•Judge Advocate General
•Graduate, Leadership Mississippi
•Graduate, Leadership Pine Belt
•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
•Gulfport Yacht Club
In the News
•106 Butler Snow Attorneys Listed in 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•147 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 18 Named “Lawyer of the Year”
•CVN Top 10 Defense Verdicts of 2015 - CVN.com
•102 Butler Snow Attorneys List in 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•J&J Jury Finds No Tylenol Design Defect, Spokesman Says - Bloomberg Business
•Butler Snow Attorney Michael B. Hewes to Speak at Knowledge Congress' Live Webcast
Papers, Presentations, & Publications
•Author, The Tempestuous Trial of Maybelline Meriweather, (children’s fiction), River Road Press, 2018.
•Co-Author, “What We Wish We Knew Ten Years Ago,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 11 No. 1.
• Author, Watermark (novel), Samntoff Press, 2016.
•Presenter, “Successfully Defending the Corporate Deposition; Concrete Examples of How to Prepare Witnesses for Reptile Questions,” ACI Drug and Device Conference, 2015.
•Presenter, “FDA Strategic Priorities 2014-2018,” Knowledge Congress webcast, 2015.
•Author, Cutting the Head off the Snake: Blunting the Effect of the Reptile Approach during Corporate Depositions, Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 8 No. 1, 5-17, March 2015.
•Author, “Medicare Secondary Payer Act Private Cause of Action: Legitimate Threat, Plaintiffs’ Bluff, or Somewhere in Between?” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 6 No. 2, 9-13, May 2013.
•Author, “Update: Implementation of the Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement ACT of 2007,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 4 No. 4, pg. 15, November 2011.
•Author, “Not Just for Adults Anymore: New Pediatric Considerations for Pre-Market Approval of Medical Devices,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 3 No. 3, 8-11, August 2010.
•Co-Author, “Preparing Your Sales Force: Keeping Legal Issues in Mind from Training to Trial Part II,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 2 No. 3, 8-12, July 2009.
•Author, “Preparing Your Sales Force: Keeping Legal Issues in Mind from Training to Trial Part I,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 2 No. 2, 14-19, April 2009.
•Author, “Medicare Second Payer Act,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 1 No. 1, 12-17, January 2008.
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Drug and Medical Device Committee
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
Mississippi Bar Association
Capital Area Bar Association
Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
Harrison County Bar Association
National Guard Association