As of counsel in the firm’s New Orleans office, Michael D. Goggans focuses his practice on mass tort, intellectual property, and corporate litigation. Michael has wide-ranging experience; he has served as an assistant district attorney, on the national counsel teams of multiple companies in asbestos litigation, and as general counsel for a multinational family of companies. Michael has directed defenses in both asbestos and silica litigation, managed litigation nationally and internationally, developed and recruited new expert witnesses, deposed hundreds of expert and fact witnesses, and coordinated discovery on thousands of plaintiffs’ claims. Prior to joining MG+M, Michael operated the Goggans Law Firm in Meridian, Mississippi, where he also served as municipal attorney. In 2015, Michael joined Seton Hall University School of Law in New Jersey as an adjunct professor teaching intellectual property law and business law.
Michael was a member of the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee for the revision of laws relating to trademarks (2008), trade names (2009) and limited liability companies (2009). Michael served as the vice president of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Intellectual Property Committee from 2008-2011. In addition to his formal teaching, Michael has presented numerous CLE courses on topics ranging from toxic torts to patent reform. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science Foundation since 2001 and served as its president from 2006 to 2011.
Michael received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in New York and his LL.M. in intellectual property from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire).