Overview

Michelle Tessier represents pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers and food industry clients, litigating complex product-related disputes in multidistrict litigation and large class action cases. She also counsels clients on preventive strategies and risk mitigation.

Drug, Device & Food Litigation

Michelle has represented multiple medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in product liability and consumer fraud actions pending in multiple state jurisdictions and in multidistrict litigation. She has also represented food manufacturers and distributors in litigation arising from recalls and foodborne illness outbreaks and consumer fraud class actions.

Litigation Expertise & Management

Michelle has experience at all stages of litigation, including:
  • Evaluating cases
  • Counseling clients
  • Managing offensive and defensive discovery issues
  • Depositions
  • Briefing motions
  • Negotiating with opposing counsel 
  • Trial preparation

Michelle is particularly skilled in advanced e-discovery and information management. She has counseled clients on issues related to data storage, litigation holds and electronic discovery and has presented internal and external CLE programs on these issues. 

Past Experience

Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Michelle worked as an associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C., practicing antitrust litigation and handling enforcement actions and internal corporate investigations.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota
Virginia
District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Education

American University Washington College of Law
J.D. summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, American University Law Review (senior federal circuit editor) (2011)

Georgetown University
B.A. in English and Government, cum laude (2008)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center Legal Clinic
  • Children’s Law Center of Minnesota
  • Successfully represented client in third-party child custody action in Hennepin County District Court
  • Successfully represented client in wrongful eviction matter in Hennepin County District Court
  • Successfully represented client in deportation defense and asylum in Baltimore Immigration Court

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association – Food, Drug and Device Law Section
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Women in eDiscovery

Civic Activities

  • Leadership Twin Cities, 2017-18 Class — Participant in a nine-month series sponsored by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce that informs people about the critical issues facing the greater Twin Cities community

Honors

  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017
  • District of Columbia Bar Association — Pro Bono High Honor Roll, 2013
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