Michael L. Reitzell

Attorney in Truckee, CA
Michael L. Reitzell is a trial lawyer who practices in all aspects of civil litigation. He advises and represents business clients in a variety of areas, including commercial disputes, unfair competition, antitrust, fraud, products liability and toxic torts, California Proposition 65, breach of contract, and risk management. Mr. Reitzell is very involved with the sports and recreation and hospitality industries, defending manufacturers, retail businesses, ski areas and resort operators in civil matters, with a focus on cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. He practices at both the trial and appellate levels, serving as lead counsel at trial and at mediations for Duane Morris clients. In addition to his significant litigation experience, Mr. Reitzell works closely with clients on risk management and business operations issues to prevent litigation.

In 2010, Mr. Reitzell was the recipient of the Duane Morris Pro Bono Award, which recognizes commitment to pro bono service and honors those who work to achieve equal access to justice. He has twice been appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court to handle pro bono matters before the state's highest court. Every year since 2011, Mr. Reitzell has been named a Rising Star in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, which is given to only 2.5% of attorneys in the state.

Mr. Reitzell is an active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), where he currently serves as Chair of the Recreational Products Specialized Litigation Group and Steering Committee Member of the Products Liability Committee. He previously held several Steering Committee positions for the Young Lawyers Committee from 2004-2011, including Chair of the Annual Meeting Subcommittee.

Mr. Reitzell is a 2001 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law and a 1997 graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in broadcast journalism.

Experience
•Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft LLP
- Associate, 2001-2005
•Duane Morris LLP
- Special Counsel, 2011-present
- Associate, 2006-2010

Honors & Awards
•Recipient of the Duane Morris Pro Bono Award, 2010
•Outstanding Subcommittee Chair, DRI Young Lawyers Committee, 2007-2008
•Named a Rising Star, Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2011-2014
Daily Journal's Top Verdicts of 2006: Willig v. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Civic and Charitable Activities
•Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, Rebuild New Orleans, Build the Future New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2007
•Volunteer, Ronald McDonald House, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2006
•Volunteer, Arizona Food Bank, Phoenix, Arizona, February 2008

Selected Publications
•Co-author, California Supreme Court Issues Key Ruling on Protection of Witness Statements, Duane Morris Alert, June 27, 2012
•Featured in And the Defense Wins, DRI's The Voice, March 7, 2012
•Author, 'All We Want Are the (Material) Facts, Ma'am,' Focus on the Material Facts for a Successful Motion for Summary Judgment, For The Defense, August 2009
•Author, Punitive Damages: A State-by-State Compendium, Nevada Chapter, The DRI Defense Library Series, August 2009
•Author, Product Liability Compendium: Warnings, Instructions, and Recalls, Nevada Chapter, The DRI Defense Library Series, September 2012
•Author, Product Liability Cases and the Duty to Warn: A 50 State Compendium, Nevada Chapter, The DRI Defense Library Series, December 2007
•Co-Author, Counseling Clients in Extreme Sports and High-Risk Activities, Entertainment and Media Law Client Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Case Strategies, Exceeding Client Expectations, and Negotiating Deals (Inside the Minds), Aspatore Books, October 2007
•Author, How We Almost Lost Our Blackberries ... Well, Not Really, For The Defense, June 2006
•Author, Unfair Trade Practice Compendium, Nevada Chapter,The DRI Defense Library Series, December 2005
•Co-Author, Tort Reform and You - Perfect Together?, DRI Annual Meeting Course Materials, October 2004

Selected Speaking Engagements
•Current Trends in Lift Litigation, Rocky Mountain Lift Association Spring Conference, Grand Junction, Colorado, May 6, 2014
•Social Media 4.0-Subsequent Remedial Measures and Spoliation of Evidence, Association of Ski Defense Attorneys Annual Seminar, Crested Butte, Colorado, March 2, 2014
•Social Media 3.0-The Certainties and Uncertainties in the Law, Association of Ski Defense Attorneys Annual Seminar, Deer Valley, Utah, February 24, 2013
•“Social Media 2.0-The Ever Changing Landscape in the Legal World,” Association of Ski Defense Attorneys Annual Seminar, Whistler, British Columbia, March 4, 2012
•“Using Social Media as a Litigation Tool,” Association of Ski Defense Attorneys Annual Seminar, Sun Valley, Idaho, March 8, 2011
•Hot off the Presses: Product Liability Case Law Update, sponsored by the Defense Research Institute's Products Liability Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 8, 2010
•Best Approaches To Advising Clients On How To Handle Electronically Stored Information Before Litigation, Association of Ski Defense Attorneys Annual Seminar, Beaver Creek, Colorado, March 1, 2009
•The Dude Factor: Preparing the Unprepared Witness, sponsored by the Defense Research Institute's Young Lawyers Seminar, Orlando, Florida, June 6, 2008
•Taking a Byte Out of E-Discovery: How to Advise Your Clients Before Problems Arise, sponsored by the Defense Research Institute's Products Liability Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 7, 2007
•Getting the Judge to Toss Your Product - Winning Strategies & Arguments for Summary Judgment, sponsored by the Defense Research Institute's Products Liability Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 8, 2006
•A Wild Ride in 2003: The Year in Review of Recreational Products Liability Cases and Reports, sponsored by the Defense Research Institute's Products Liability Seminar, Recreational Products Specialized Litigation Group Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 12, 2004

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Areas of Law

  • Trial Practice
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Risk Management
  • Reinsurance
  • Products Liability
  • Sports Law
  • Ski Area Liability

 

Experience & Credentials

Position

Special Counsel

Admission Details

Admitted in 2001, California
2005, Nevada
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
Supreme Court of the United States

Law School Attended

University of California, Davis School of Law
Class of 2001
J.D.

University Attended

University of Southern California
Class of 1997
B.A.

Birth Information

Born in 1976
1976

Associations & Memberships

Professional Activities
•Association of Ski Defense Attorneys
- Member, Board of Directors
•Defense Research Institute
- Products Liabili... More

Representative Cases

Representative Matters: Obtained defense decision in favor of G4S Justice Services, LLC as lead trial counsel in a business litigation action brought by the losing bidder in connection with a public safety contract to provide electronic monitoring and case management for detainees of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department. Plaintiff had sought seve... More

Contact Information

Phone

415 957 3084

Fax

530 452 2927

Email

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Office Information
Michael L. Reitzell
Special Counsel
 11149 Brockway Road, Suite 100,
Truckee, CA 96161-2213

Maintains an office in multiple locations
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