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Michael E. Maxwell

Partner; Litigation Practice Area Leader; Torts, Insurance & Products Liability Practice Leader
Related Info
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western District of New York, District of Colorado, and Central District of Illinois

Middlebury College, B.A.

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D.

Mike practices in the areas of business litigation and personal injury. He has broad experience in general business litigation, including contract actions and trade secret cases. He has handled numerous lawsuits arising out of product recalls and provides advice to businesses on mitigating recall risk.

Mike counsels corporations on a variety of product liability issues, including adequacy of warnings and labels, and has been lead trial and appellate counsel on behalf of major corporations and insurance companies in product liability actions and environmental exposure cases. He has represented medical groups in malpractice actions and has tried numerous personal injury actions on behalf of corporations and individuals. He litigates high-exposure personal injury cases, particularly in the areas of toxic tort, product liability, and labor law.

Much of Mike’s work in both business litigation and personal injury involves cross-border issues. He has been called as an expert witness in Ontario arbitration regarding New York State/Ontario conflicts of law.

Mike exclusively practices U.S. law and is admitted to practice in New York. 


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants) 2013 - 2022
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, (Business Litigation) 2010 - 2021
  • Business First/Buffalo Law Journal Who's Who in Law, 2008
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017 - 2018

Press Releases


Blog Posts

Mike contributed to the archived Hodgson Russ Canada/U.S. cross-border blog, Smarter Way to Cross. His entries can be found on the Publications page.

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers’ Association board of directors
  • Bar Association of Erie County

  • Ontario Bar Association

Community & Pro Bono

  • Chair, Health Management Group, Ltd. board of directors
  • Member and former chair, Horizon Health Services, Inc. board of directors
  • Member and former chair, Horizon Village, Inc. board of directors
  • Member, Buffalo Seminary board of trustees
  • Former chair, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service, Inc. board of directors