Malcolm Wheeler's practice focuses on large and complex business litigation and product liability litigation, especially nationwide "pattern" litigation, class actions, and major appeals. He has defended manufacturers at trial in several highly publicized cases, including the Pinto criminal prosecution, the damages trial in the Kearns windshield-wiper patent case, the first "no airbag" case tried to verdict, the first defective airbag case tried to verdict, and cases in the medical device, pharmaceutical, chemical, automotive, and appliance industries.  He has served as national trial counsel for Ford, Pfizer, and Nissan, and as national class action counsel for Whirlpool.  He has briefed and argued cases in the United States Supreme Court, in United States Courts of Appeals, and in state appellate courts throughout the country.

Mal has been the designated media representative for several Fortune 500 companies in connection with major litigation.  In that role, he has appeared on nationally broadcast television programs, including ABC's 20/20, CNN's Burden of Proof, Dateline NBC, and 90 Minutes (a European news show), as well as nationally broadcast radio programs. 

In 2010, Product Liability Law360 chose Mal as one of the 10 most admired product liability lawyers in the United States. Each year since 2010, Chambers USA has named him one of only three nationwide "star individuals" in product liability.

Mal has appeared on the Colorado Super Lawyers® Top 10 list four times, twice as the "top point getter" in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, Mal was featured on the cover and profiled in the annual publication. 

A Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers for years, Mal was inducted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2012.

Other Experience
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Partner)
Hughes Hubbard & Reed (Partner)
Parcel, Mauro, Hultin & Spaanstra, P.C. (Director)
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    Fellow
American College of Trial Lawyers
    Fellow
BTI Consulting
    Client Service All-Star, 2011, 2013
Product Liability Law360
    Most Admired Product Liability Lawyer, 2010
Product Liability Advisory Council
    John Raleigh Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008
Law Week Colorado
   "People's Court" Best Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Lawyer, 2011   
    Product Liability Lawyer of the Year, 2008
The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers,
   1997-2011, 2013-2014
The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers,
   
2008-2011
The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers: Commercial Litigation,
   
2011, 2013

Chambers USA
    
Product Liability: Automobile - National, 2014
    Product Liability - National, 2005-2014
        Star Individual, 2010-2013
        Leading Individual, Automobile, 2010-2013
    Litigation: Trial Lawyer - National, 2013
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2005-2014
The Legal 500 United States
   
Leading Lawyer, Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense,
    2007- 2013
Best Lawyers
    Denver Personal Injury Litigation - Defense Lawyer of the Year, 2012
    Personal Injury Litigation, 2003-2014
    Product Liability Litigation, 2003-2014
Benchmark Litigation
    Commercial Litigation - National, 2011-2014
    Products Liability - National, 2012, 2014
Colorado Super Lawyer
    Civil Litigation Defense, 2006-2014
    Top Point Getter, 2010, 2011
    Top 10, 2008-2014
The National Law Journal
    Top 10 Trial Lawyers, 1998
Who's Who in America, 1987-2011
Who's Who in American Law, 1998-2011
Who's Who in the West, 1996-2012
The Tenth Judicial Circuit Historical Society
    Board Member, 2007-2010
Colorado Bar Association
American Bar Association
State Bar of California
American Law Institute
    Restatement of the Law (Third) of Torts
        Adviser, Apportionment of Liability
        Adviser, General Principles
        Adviser, Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm
        Members Consultative Group, Products Liability
Product Liability Advisory Council
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies.

Teaching Positions
University of Iowa College of Law
    Professor of Law, 1978-1979
University of Kansas Law School
    Associate Professor of Law, 1971-1973
    Professor of Law, 1973-1974 and 1981-1983
National Institute for Appellate Advocacy
Annual Advocacy Institute
Appellate Judges Conferences
CLE Programs
Representative Cases
Bar and Court Admissions
  • California
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Other ExperienceSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Partner)
Hughes Hubbard & Reed (Partner)
Parcel, Mauro, Hultin & Spaanstra, P.C. (Director)
Teaching PositionsUniversity of Iowa College of Law
    Professor of Law, 1978-1979
University of Kansas Law School
    Associate Professor of Law, 1971-1973
    Professor of Law, 1973-1974 and 1981-1983
National Institute for Appellate Advocacy
Annual Advocacy Institute
Appellate Judges Conferences
CLE Programs
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    Fellow
American College of Trial Lawyers
    Fellow
BTI Consulting
    Client Service All-Star, 2011, 2013
Product Liability Law360
    Most Admired Product Liability Lawyer, 2010
Product Liability Advisory Council
    John Raleigh Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008
Law Week Colorado
   "People's Court" Best Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Lawyer, 2011   
    Product Liability Lawyer of the Year, 2008
The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers,
   1997-2011, 2013-2014
The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers,
   
2008-2011
The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers: Commercial Litigation,
   
2011, 2013

Chambers USA
    
Product Liability: Automobile - National, 2014
    Product Liability - National, 2005-2014
        Star Individual, 2010-2013
        Leading Individual, Automobile, 2010-2013
    Litigation: Trial Lawyer - National, 2013
    Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2005-2014
The Legal 500 United States
   
Leading Lawyer, Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense,
    2007- 2013
Best Lawyers
    Denver Personal Injury Litigation - Defense Lawyer of the Year, 2012
    Personal Injury Litigation, 2003-2014
    Product Liability Litigation, 2003-2014
Benchmark Litigation
    Commercial Litigation - National, 2011-2014
    Products Liability - National, 2012, 2014
Colorado Super Lawyer
    Civil Litigation Defense, 2006-2014
    Top Point Getter, 2010, 2011
    Top 10, 2008-2014
The National Law Journal
    Top 10 Trial Lawyers, 1998
Who's Who in America, 1987-2011
Who's Who in American Law, 1998-2011
Who's Who in the West, 1996-2012
The Tenth Judicial Circuit Historical Society
    Board Member, 2007-2010
Colorado Bar Association
American Bar Association
State Bar of California
American Law Institute
    Restatement of the Law (Third) of Torts
        Adviser, Apportionment of Liability
        Adviser, General Principles
        Adviser, Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm
        Members Consultative Group, Products Liability
Product Liability Advisory Council
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies.
Government ServiceChief Counsel, United States Senate Select Committee to Study Law Enforcement Undercover Activities of Components of the Department of Justice (ABSCAM), 1982
Articles/Presentations
Education
  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 1969
    Stanford Law Review, Editorial Board
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B., 1966

Government ServiceChief Counsel, United States Senate Select Committee to Study Law Enforcement Undercover Activities of Components of the Department of Justice (ABSCAM), 1982

Bar and Court Admissions
  • California
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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