Mike Wagner

Michael J. Wagner

Senior Counsel
Baker & McKenzie LLP


Michael J. Wagner is a past member of the Firm's Global Executive Committee, as well as a past Chair, North America. He served as Chair of the Global Healthcare Industry Group from 2010 to 2014.  He is a leader of the firm's Product Liability, Safety & Recall Practice and is a senior member of the North American Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice Group.   

Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 1983, Michael served as a law clerk for the Honorable Fred J. Cassibry of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans.

Practice Focus

Michael regularly works on civil litigation — particularly commercial and tort litigation for global companies in the pharmaceutical and healthcare, medical device, consumer and food products, and IT industries. He has tried numerous cases to verdict before juries, routinely having primary counsel responsibility for the defense of commercial and product liability claims. He also helps major companies conduct national and international product recalls, respond to foodborne illness outbreaks and meet the challenges of highly publicized mass tort and commercial claims.

He was selected by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to serve as a stakeholder delegate to participate in the Third Biennial United States–China Consumer Product Safety Summit in China in October 2009. The Summit included a series of direct discussions between senior representatives of the CPSC and AQSIQ, the CPSC's counterpart agency in China.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession - Board of Directors
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation - 2018 to present


  • U.S. District Court~United States (1981)
  • Illinois~United States (1981)


  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D.) (1981)
  • Northwestern University (B.S. Journalism) (1978)
  • Northwestern University School of Law (Visiting Student 1980-81)


  • English


Co-editor, "Global Attorney-Client Privilege Handbook," 1st and 2nd edition, Baker & McKenzie, 2010 and 2014

Co-editor, "Global Product Recall Handbook," 2nd and 3rd edition, Baker & McKenzie, 2009 and 2013 (U.S. chapter)

Co-author, “Drug and Device Product Recalls: Prevention and Plan of Action,” Cross-Border Life Sciences Handbook 2011, Practical Law Company, 2011

Author, “Preventing and Defending Product Liability Claims: Minimizing Their Media, Monetary, and Reputational Repercussions,” Strategies for Limiting Liability, Aspatore Books, 2008