Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Education

  • J.D., with honors, University of Maryland School of Law, 1999
    Maryland National Trial Team

    Maryland Moot Court Board
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Mount Saint Mary's College, 1996
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Michael L. Hecht

Partner

Michael Hecht is a member of the firm's litigation practice. For more than 15 years, he has represented firm clients at the state and federal level in a variety of matters, most notably national and international mass tort pharmaceutical litigation (multidistrict litigation and otherwise). His practice also includes other product liability litigation, complex commercial litigation, construction litigation, intentional torts, premises liability, negligence actions, business torts, and insurance coverage disputes, as well as domestic, criminal and civil rights matters.

Michael has participated in and managed every aspect of trial preparation. His recent focus has been on complex medical, scientific, and regulatory issues in pharmaceutical litigation for a large international manufacturer, where he has had primary responsibility for expert development and company case analysis. In this capacity, Michael works with external experts and the clients’ scientific and medical departments to fully understand the issues and better prepare the company to meet them. He has appeared at dispositive and other hearings, taken and defended fact, company, and expert witness depositions, drafted Daubert and other motions, and prepared witnesses for trial and deposition testimony. In connection with his representation of firm clients, Michael has developed considerable knowledge in the areas of pharmaceutical manufacturing, endocrinology, bone biology and metabolism, osteoporosis, oral surgery and dentistry, and orthopedic surgery and biomechanics.

Significant Matters


Michael's recent significant matters include:

  • Member of the Expert Team for international pharmaceutical efendant in product liability litigation involving allegations of birth defects;
  • Member of all trial teams for international pharmaceutical Defendant in multiple jurisdictions (Multi-District Litigation, NJ Mass Tort Litigation, and California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding) in lawsuits involving prescription osteoporosis medication and allegations of atypical femur fracture, including 2 defense verdicts and 1 mistrial, and the subsequent grant of preemption in the MDL cases;
  • Conducted Science Day for international pharmaceutical Defendant in California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding for more than 650 individual lawsuits involving prescription osteoporosis medication and allegations of atypical femur fracture;
  • Member and leader of Science Team for international pharmaceutical Defendant in product liability litigation involving allegations of atypical femur fracture, including responsibility for expert development and preparation, taking and defending of expert depositions, attending scientific conferences, and analyzing developing scientific issues;
  • Member of eight trial teams for international pharmaceutical Defendant in multiple jurisdictions (Multi-District Litigation in SDNY and Mass Tort Litigation in Atlantic County, NJ) in lawsuits involving prescription osteoporosis medication and allegations of osteonecrosis of the jaws, including 6 defense verdicts and 1 hung jury;
  • Member of Science Team for international pharmaceutical Defendant in product liability litigation involving allegations of osteonecrosis of the jaws, including responsibility for expert development and preparation, taking and defending of expert depositions, attending scientific conferences, and analyzing developing scientific issues;
  • National Coordinating Counsel for international pharmaceutical Defendant in multiple jurisdictions in lawsuits involving prescription osteoporosis medication and multiple allegations of injury, including responsibility for global litigation and regulatory strategy, company defense development, expert development, coordination with Plaintiffs’ counsel, taking and defending of fact and expert depositions, trial examination and graphics preparation, and coordination with co-defense counsel in US and Canada for all aspects of case preparation and trial;  
  • Primary responsibility for expert and scientific development in national and international pharmaceutical product liability litigation, including responsibility for preparing defense expert witnesses on general and specific causation, efficacy, and regulatory issues for deposition and trial testimony;
  • Responsibility for preparing company doctors and scientists and other personnel for deposition and trial testimony; and
  • Primary responsibility for factual investigation and analysis for a company case in national pharmaceutical product liability litigation.

Additional notable matters include the following:
  • Second chair in wrongful death trial resulting in a defense jury verdict in Prince George's County, Maryland in negligence action for a commercial carrier;
  • Successful motions practice in federal court on behalf of a federal pre-sentencing detainee receiving inadequate medical care, including primary medical expert development and examination;
  • Victories at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Board of Veterans Appeals, and the VA Regional Office for a disabled veteran concerning his disability benefit entitlement;
  • Successful litigation of a 10-count civil contempt suit in Baltimore City Circuit Court following a two-day evidentiary hearing;
  • Primary responsibility for safe-guarding a pharmaceutical client's trade secrets in submissions to the FDA for Vaccine Court proceedings;
  • Responsibility for the preparation of manufacturing witnesses for deposition in national pharmaceutical litigation; and
  • Primary responsibility for factual investigation and analysis of a complex $161 million construction contract/fraud dispute with overlaying bankruptcy issues.

Activities

Michael is actively involved in a variety of pro bono matters, primarily in the areas of contract, civil rights, domestic, and criminal law. At Venable, he has served on the firm’s Hiring Committee and as a mentor in the Summer Associate Program. In addition, Michael continues his legal education and training through various CLE courses. He has also performed non-legal work for the community, such as teaching summer bible school at St. Joseph’s Church. Michael currently spends most of his free time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys exercise, sports, movies, and games.