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Carol P. Michel


Carol Michel defends clients nationally in high-stakes and catastrophic litigation in State and Federal Courts. Her trials run the gamut from major personal injury, product liability and premises liability cases, to medical malpractice and long-term care, to aviation crashes. Carol is considered the "go-to" attorney by clients in emergency situations requiring immediate advice and counsel to protect their interests.

Product Liability, Healthcare and Aviation are specific areas in which Carol has developed significant experience and garnered recognition. Carol is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council.  She provides advice and counsel to a broad variety of product manufacturers from turret punch presses to pharmaceuticals. 

Selected by The Best Lawyers in America© in Health Care from 2013-present, she has represented healthcare clients for almost 30 years in several states. She also represents health care providers before state licensing boards and guides and assists them in responding to licensure actions.

Aviation litigation is also a key part of Carol’s practice. She was invited to and became a member of the International Aviation Womens Association. Carol represents aviation clients in disruptive passenger litigation, rotary wing crash litigation and fixed wing aircraft crash litigation. She has been invited and spoken internationally on aviation safety issues at industry sponsored programs in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Istanbul, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Carol was also invited to be a faculty member of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy at Stanford University. Recognized as the oldest such trial academy in the country, it is highly selective, permitting only trial attorneys with a proven track record as a preeminent trial attorney.

Chosen by her firm to serve on its Board of Managers in 2013, she became the first woman, in firm history, to do so. She is admitted to practice in Georgia, Nevada, Mississippi and Colorado; as well as federal courts.


Berry College, B.S., 1984

University of Tennessee, Master’s in Reproductive Physiology coursework completed, 1985

Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1991
Phi Delta Phi
Georgia State University Law Review
Moot Court Board

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern, and Southern Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Representative Experience

Obtained summary judgment for airline arising out of unruly passenger situation where passenger claimed false imprisonment among other claims.

Represented world's largest gaming company in catastrophic personal injury litigation, resulting in directed verdict for client.

Served as national trial counsel for nursing home facilities in Illinois, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas and Tennessee.

Obtained defense verdict for hospital facility in case involving extravasation injury following neuroradiology procedure.

Successfully represented large national day care and early learning center provider in numerous cases involving claims of child sexual abuse.

Obtained defense verdict in medical device product liability case involving product voluntarily removed from the market by manufacturer.

Represents hospital medical staff and physicians in credentialing and medical staff matters.

Awards & Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America®Health Care Law, 2013-2024

The Best Lawyers in America®, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2017-2024

The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2024

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated

Super Lawyers® Magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers List, Civil Litigation: Defense (2017-2024) 

International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Stanford University, Faculty Member (2013)

Professional & Community Activities

American Health Lawyers Association

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys

Atlanta Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Georgia Academy of Healthcare Lawyers Association

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

International Association of Defense Counsel

International Aviation Womens Association

Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Product Liability Advisory Council

News & Publications

Carol Michel and Frederick Sager, Wearable Fitness Devices: A New Frontier In Discovery, Law360 (March 28, 2016),

"Hot Topics in Healthcare Legislation," Healthcare Briefings, Fall 2000.

“Credentialing Liability in the Managed Care Arena,” Tort and Insurance Law Journal, 1999.

Events & Speaking Engagements

"Advanced Trial Techniques", International Association of Defense Counsel  Webinar, March 22, 2022.

"The Dilemma of the Disruptive Passenger," International Cabin Safety Conference, October 24, 2012.

"Avoiding Malpractice," American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, June 30, 2012.

"Medical Emergencies in the Pediatric Dental Office," Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, September 23, 2011.

"Expert Witnesses and Litigation," American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, June 2006 and July 2007.

Frequent speaker at seminars on topics ranging from litigation management and trial strategy to risk management, healthcare issues and documentation and record keeping issues.