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Michael E. Waller

Fax +1.973.848.4001

Mr. Waller is an experienced litigator and concentrates his diverse practice on complex commercial claims including toxic tort, products liability, franchise enforcement and termination litigation, and claims arising from mergers and acquisitions that go bad. Mr. Waller acts as regional trial and litigation counsel in handling and managing asbestos-related litigation for several of the firm’s clients. His litigation experience also includes environmental clean-up, cost recovery, and contribution litigation; underground storage tank litigation; Superfund liability; and defending clients in premises liability claims arising from asbestos and environmental contamination claims.

His current clients include a high-tech advertising company; a video and card game developer; manufacturers of various commercial products and industrial equipment, including cast iron pipe, plumbing equipment, fire suppression equipment, and heating and air (HVAC) equipment; a marine construction and dredging company; management and consulting services firms; and an entertainment and live events company. He has jury, non-jury, appellate, and alternate dispute resolution experience.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Waller was a partner in the environmental and litigation practice groups at a major New Jersey law firm.


  • Mr. Waller has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law (Dispute Resolution) since 2013.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Representation of a client in a matter involving cost recovery for environmental claims and the provisions of real estate and corporate sales and acquisition documents.
  • Representation of a high-tech advertising company in achieving a favorable settlement in a matter arising from alleged breaches of corporate representations and warranties. The matter involved a complex acquisition and investment agreement.
  • Representation of a re-insurance company in obtaining a favorable resolution of litigation involving the spin-off of a corporate subsidiary.
  • Representation of an independent provider of maintenance services for telephone equipment as part of the trial team that secured a $20 million antitrust jury verdict. Mr. Waller also prosecuted the associated claims for attorney’s fees and costs and secured a special master award recommendation of over $60 million.