Meet Attorney Michelle L. Kranz
ASR Settlement Oversight Committee (SOC)
Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on Text Messaging Antitrust Litigation
Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant MDL
Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee Member in the Testosterone Replacement Therapy MDL
Toledo Bar Association Past President
U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1993
U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2007
U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2014
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 1994
Miami University, 1990 Cum Laude
Michelle L. Kranz is a native of Springfield, Ohio. She is a 1993 graduate of the University Of Toledo College of Law and a 1990 cum laude graduate of Miami University. She joined the firm immediately upon graduation from law school.
Michelle has a diverse civil litigation practice and works with a broad range of individuals, businesses and municipalities. She has extensive litigation experience before both state and federal courts as well as appellate court experience. She focuses her practice in the areas of national pharmaceutical and product liability mass torts, anti-trust, personal injury, construction and contract law, and municipal law.
She is AV Peer Review Rated 4.9 out of 5 on Martindale-Hubbell and is also listed as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the American Trial Lawyers Association.
Michelle is currently engaged in leadership positions on several MDL’s. She is serving as Liaison Counsel for the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant MDL. That matter is pending before Judge David A. Katz of the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Western Division where there are over 11,000 plaintiffs. Michelle was involved in all aspects of the litigation including being named as a member of the bellwether trial team. Michelle was also appointed by Judge Katz to the ASR Settlement Oversight Committee (SOC). On November 19, 2013, the SOC announced an initial settlement for those revised before August 31, 2013 valued at roughly $2.45 billion.
Michelle is part of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on Text Messaging Antitrust Litigation pending before Judge Matthew F. Kennelly of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. Michelle was also appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant MDL. That litigation is pending before the Honorable Robert L. Miller, Jr., Chief Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division and also has reached a settlement phase.
Michelle’s most recent national leadership appointment occured in the TRT MDL. Judge Matthew F. Kennelly of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued a case management order July 31, 2014, appointing attorneys to various leadership positions in the Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) multidistrict litigation (MDL). Judge Kennelly designated Michelle as one of seven members newly formed Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee.
She is an active member of the Toledo Bar Association and received its 2005 Trustees Award for professionalism in the practice of law and commitment to improving the legal profession through the Toledo Bar Association. She also received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s 2007 District 4 Community Service Award for attorneys under 40.
Michelle is the Past President of the Toledo Bar Association. Michelle is also on the Executive Committee of the University of Toledo College of Law’s Alumni Affiliate where she is the immediate Past President and chairs the Development Committee. She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Law.
Michelle was a member of Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Fellow Class of 2004 and was elected to the OSBF’s Board of Directors in 2010; she was re-elected in 2012. Membership in OSBF is by nomination and extended to outstanding Ohio lawyers and judges who demonstrate dedication to their profession and their community. There are more than 900 fellows from across the state dedicated to furthering OSBF’s mission of promoting public understanding of the law and improvements in the justice system throughout Ohio. Her 2004 Fellows Class project was designing a web based program to assist new and emerging non-profit organizations.
She is admitted to the bar in the State of Ohio, the United States Supreme Court, the Federal District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, and the United States Sixth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. She is a member of the Toledo Bar Association, the Fulton County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Ohio Association for Justice.
She is married and resides in Wood County with her husband Dean and their two children. She is an avid golfer and continues to play softball. Dean and Michelle have season tickets to the Detroit Tigers.