Mike Cooney Elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates

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Dykema is proud to announce that Mike Cooney, Director of the firm's Litigation Department, was elected to the Michigan chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an invitation-only a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges.

Founded in 1958, ABOTA and its members are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ABOTA membership consists of more than 7,300 lawyers—equally balanced between plaintiff and defense—and judges spread among 96 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Members must have at least five years of active experience as trial lawyers, have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion, and possess additional litigation experience. Members must also exhibit the virtues of civility, integrity, and professionalism by following our Code of Professionalism and Principles of Civility.

Cooney's practice includes serving as national and regional trial counsel for automotive manufacturers and suppliers in a wide range of products liability, class action, and commercial litigation matters. In those roles, he is particularly well-known for cases involving occupant restraints, fuel systems, roof structure, vehicle handling and stability, electric and hybrid power trains, advanced driver assistance systems, emission systems, and overall vehicle crashworthiness. 

In addition to his automotive work, Mike regularly defends class action, IP and product liability matters in a wide range of other industries, including medical devices, recreational vehicles, watercraft, industrial equipment, home appliances, lift trucks, and power tools.