Largest Verdict in a Personal Injury case
in Pennsylvania history
Largest-ever compensatory verdict
Then-second largest Product
Liability verdict in U.S. history
Auto Accident Verdict
Largest single-victim fatality settlement
Civil Rights verdict
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Michelle L. Tiger, whose main focus with Kline & Specter is mass tort litigation, joined the firm in 2001 after gaining a wealth of experience at several other firms in a wide range of practice areas.
Her hands-on knowledge in the complex field of mass torts helped win Tiger recognition in 2013 as one of the Best Lawyers in America and selection from 2010-2013 as among “The Best Attorneys in Pennsylvania” by Super Lawyers, the independent rating service whose survey and review determined attorneys who are among the state’s top five percent. Tiger was named a “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts Law” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.
In addition, Kline & Specter's Mass Tort department was named in Best Law Firms by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. The designation was awarded to only 22 law firms in the United States and was announced in the October 2010 issue of U.S. News & World Report.
Tiger was involved in lawsuits against the manufacturers of various pharmaceuticals, including Vioxx, a massive case that settled for $4.85 billion and benefited hundreds of Kline & Specter clients. She also handled litigation involving the similar painkillers Celebrex and Bextra, diet drugs such as Fen-Phen, and Baycol, Serzone, Lotronex and PPA, the last an ingredient in many best-selling cold medications and diet aids. Tiger coordinated the national discovery process in the case against Baycol, a popular cholesterol-lowering drug that resulted in renal failure and at least 31 known deaths.
Tiger also is involved in suits involving drugs that have come under recent scrutiny, including atypical antipsychotic drugs such as Zyprexa and Risperdal (associated with reported cases of diabetes) and the Ortho Evra birth control patch (associated with a higher risk of potentially deadly blood clots).
While earning her law degree at Villanova University in 1985, Tiger worked for an insurance defense firm in Philadelphia and after graduation joined a private firm in Tucson where she worked on plaintiff’s personal injury cases as well as civil rights, bankruptcy law and real estate transactions.
She later worked at two Philadelphia law firms, concentrating on insurance defense, with an emphasis on product liability. As an associate and later a shareholder at Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin in Philadelphia, Tiger worked on product liability cases involving everything from disposable cigarette lighters (BIC) to emergency generators (Kohler Corp.), and from toilets to automobiles. In premises liability cases, Tiger has worked on cases involving bowling alleys, parking lots and apartment houses.
She also represented American Airlines in federal multi-district litigation over the Dec. 20, 1995 mountainside crash of Flight 965 in Cali, Colombia, in which all but four passengers were killed.
Tiger co-authored an article about the mass tort judicial process and pharmaceutical litigation titled "Philadelphia Mass Tort Program: Alive and Well" in the February 2005 issue of Product Liability Law & Strategy.
Tiger received her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and spent a semester studying at the University of Tel Aviv. She is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Arizona as well as before the federal Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Tiger is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association as well as the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. She is AV rated in Martindale-Hubbell.
Tiger has been a fitness instructor for more than 25 years and is currently a certified spinning instructor at two area gyms. (Watch TV news clip)