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Michael A.T. Schwalbert

Associate

“A strong knowledge of multiple areas of the law allows me to counsel clients in the array of issues that may arise in their business and allows me to effectively represent them in every stage of litigation.”

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Education

J.D., Washington University School of Law, cum laude, 2010
B.A., University of Missouri - Columbia, magna cum laude, 2007, Phi Beta Kappa

Profile

Michael Schwalbert handles a variety of litigation matters including defense of consumer protection suits, intellectual property litigation, corporate shareholder litigation and securities regulation. He has experience with legal issues as wide-ranging as a shareholder class actions, patent litigation, broker/dealer defense, Missouri secured transactions laws, business formation, and franchise agreements.

As an associate editor for the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Magazine, Michael is one of the youngest members of the leadership in the American Bar Association. In addition, as a result of his work for the ABA’s Consumer Protection Law Developments treatise, he has developed wide knowledge of consumer production laws across the nation. The treatise is an important guide for attorneys throughout the country, and Michael has been involved with research, writing and editing state law updates for its past three editions.

During law school, Michael was an editor for the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy and a member of the trial team. His outstanding trial advocacy skills earned him an invitation to the National Top Gun Trial Competition at which he won second place. Additionally, in 2011, he received the top advocate award at the BAMSL Trial Advocacy Competition. 

Professional Affiliations

  • Associate editor, American Bar Association Antitrust Magazine
  • American Bar Association, Leadership Member, 2014-2016
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Community/Civic Activities

  • Metro Theatre Company, Sharing is Pairing Fundraising Host-Committee

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Litigation, 2015-2016
  • Judge John C. Calhoun Trial Practice Award
  • Academic Excellence in Legal Writing
  • Academic Excellence in Environmental Litigation
  • Academic Excellence in Construction Law
  • Honors Scholar Award
  • Scholar in Law Award

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Defended a corporate director in a shareholder class action lawsuit where the plaintiff shareholder brought claims for breach of fiduciary duty and negligent misrepresentation relating to alleged backdating of stock options and allegedly unfair terms in an approximately $2 billion merger. The trial court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims and the Missouri Supreme Court affirmed that dismissal.
  • Representation of a trucking company in a dispute with a vehicle manufacturer and a finance company related to a fleet of defective semi-trucks. The finance company sought a deficiency balance for amounts remaining on vehicle loans after the finance company auctioned the trucks for alleged non-payment on the loans. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of our client, the trucking company, on all of the finance company’s claims.
  • Defended a registered agent company in a lawsuit where the plaintiff claimed that it had terminated the registered agent company, but that following the termination the registered agent company accepted service of a summons. The plaintiff claimed the registered agent company failed to forward the summons to the plaintiff, resulting in an approximately $10 million default judgment in a separate case. The trial court dismissed all of the plaintiff’s claims against our client.

News & Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • “Consumer Protection Law Developments -- What Are The Emerging CP Issues You Should Know About?”
    American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law webinar, June 10, 2016

Publications

Articles

  • "State Consumer Protection Law" Chapter, Consumer Protection Law Developments
    2011, 2013, 2015