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Michael G. Biggers

Senior Counsel

, Bryan Cave LLP
St. Louis

Tel

1 314 259 2145

Fax

1 314 552 8145
mgbiggers@bryancave.com
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Michael G. Biggers

Senior Counsel


St. Louis



One Metropolitan Square
211 North Broadway, Suite 3600
St. Louis, Missouri 63102-2750

Phone:

1 314 259 2145

Fax:

1 314 552 8145

email:

mgbiggers@bryancave.com

Appellate

Michael Biggers practices primarily in the area of complex business litigation and is involved in both state and federal appellate practice.  He has been involved in appeals before the United States Supreme Court, most United States Courts of Appeals and several state appellate courts.  Mr. Biggers served as law clerk to the Hon. Thomas Gibbs Gee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1975 to 1976.

Representative Experience

  • Represented H&R Block on appeal and cross-appeal in consumer deception class action; class certification reversed on appeal, dismissal of breach of fiduciary duty claim affirmed, 703 N.Y.S. 2d 27 (1st Dept. 2000).
  • Represented Alcatel-Lucent in antitrust litigation involving digital radio; dismissal affirmed on appeal, 2009 WL 102810 ) (2d Cir. 2009).
  • Represented foreign national in RICO litigation; dismissal and nationwide anti-suit injunction affirmed, 488 F. 3d 597 and 367 Fed. Appx. 334 (3d Cir. 2007 & 2010).
  • Represented Hazeltine Corporation in toxic tort case; denial of class certification affirmed on appeal, 669 N.Y.S. 2d 61(2d Dept. 1998).
  • Represented McDonnell Douglas Corporation in ADA litigation; summary judgment upheld on appeal, 133 F. 3d 906 (2d Cir. 1998).
  • Represented Emerson Electric Co. and Hazeltine Corporation in antitrust and patent licensing litigation; three-week jury trial and appeal upholding verdict, No. 96-1149 (Fed Cir. 1996).
  • Represented Alpha Portland Industries in ERISA litigation involving termination of retiree health insurance; trial and two appeals, ultimately upholding judgment, 836 F. 2d 1512 and 727 F. 2d 177 (8th Cir. 1988 & 1984).
  • Represented McDonnell Douglas Corporation in ADEA litigation involving grounding of test pilot; trial and two appeals, 716 F. 2d 526 (8th Cir. 1983) and 627 F. 2d 858 (8th Cir. 1980).
  • Represented McDonnell Douglas Corporation in various airplane crash litigations; several summary judgments upheld on appeal (e.g., 148 F. 3d 347, 4th Cir. 1998, and 985 F. 2d 83, 2d Cir. 1993).
  • Represented clients in United States Supreme Court cases involving appealability of denial of class action certification (437 U.S. 413, 1978), appealability of denial of forum non motion (486 U.S. 517, 1988), constitutionality of ERISA (445 U.S. 319, 1980), constitutionality of use tax statute (114 S. Ct. 1815, 1994), and constitutionality of WARN Act (116 S. Ct. 1529, 1996).
  • Represented clients in other appeals - notable cases have involved application of New York champerty statute to load syndications (890 N.Y.S. 2d 377, Ct. App. 2009), press access to search warrant information (855 F. 2d 569, 8th Cir. 1988), propriety of corporate indictment (824 F. 2d 628, 8th Cir. 1987), qui tam litigation (71 F. 3d 321, 9th Cir. 1995), patent and trademark infringement (e.g., 501 F. 3d 1307, Fed. Cir. 2007, 79 F. 3d 1563, Fed. Cir. 1996, and 1998 U.S. App. LEXIS 19161, 2d Cir. 1998), contract claims (2000 Ill. App. LEXIS 564,  Ill. App. 2000 and 822 N.Y.S. 2d 25, App. Div. 2007), and personal injury cases (e.g., 587 N.Y.S. 2d 423, 2d Dept. 1992 and 564 N.Y.S. 2d 1255, 1st Dept. 1990).

Michael Biggers practices primarily in the area of complex business litigation and is involved in both state and federal appellate practice. He has frequently had responsibility for the motion practice, discovery and settlement of class actions, complex antitrust litigation, patent or technology cases and products liability litigation.  He has represented insureds in substantial coverage litigation against insurance carriers arising out of securities claims and has tried cases arising under the antitrust laws, ERISA and the ADEA.  He has been involved in appeals before the United States Supreme Court, most United States Courts of Appeals and several state appellate courts.  He is also the head of the Firm’s International Arbitration Team, with experience in multi-billion dollar claims before the United Nations Compensation Commission and arbitrations in Geneva, London and New York.

Bar and Court Admissions

Missouri, 1975

New York, 1986

United States Supreme Court

United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits

United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri and Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York

Education

Harvard University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1975

Washington University, B.S., highest honors, 1972


Education

  • Harvard University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1975
  • Washington University, B.S., highest honors, 1972

Admissions

  • Missouri, 1975
  • New York, 1986
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri and Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York