Michele Choe
 

Michele Choe defends clients in complex commercial actions involving product liability and mass torts, medical malpractice and long-term care, and employment and related claims. Her clients include pharmaceutical and medical device companies, healthcare and long-term care providers and their affiliates, and employers across a range of industries.

Michele has tried cases in federal and state courts throughout the country and has handled multidistrict, pattern, and class action litigation. She has deposed numerous fact witnesses; prepared and deposed Rule 30(b)(6) corporate witnesses; retained, prepared, and deposed expert witnesses across multiple fields and disciplines; drafted Daubert and Frye briefs as well as dispositive motions; and delivered oral arguments in various settings, including a successful appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (3-0 decision). Michele has also managed multimillion-document productions and privilege reviews, including productions to the U.S. Department of Justice and various attorneys general.

In addition to her usual practice, Michele has conducted several pre- and post-market investigations for pharmaceutical clients to minimize the possibility of liability exposure and adverse outcomes.

Michele’s employment litigation principally involves the defense of discrimination claims, including those brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and she has experience handling noncompete and trade secret matters.

Even while at the University of Iowa College of Law, Michele gained on-her-feet experience presenting oral arguments in exhibition appellate proceedings before the full Iowa Supreme Court and judges from the Seventh and Eighth Circuits. Prior to joining WTO, Michele clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2004-2005.

Other Experience

Sidley Austin LLP

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Rising Stars
    Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2013-2015
Colorado Defense Lawyers
   Vice-Chair, Professional Liability Committee
American Bar Association
    Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Leadership Academy,
        "The Brief" Editorial Board, 2015-2016
        "Tort Source" Editorial Board, 2013-Present
        Leadership Academy, 2012-2013
Defense Research Institute
    Young Lawyer Co-Liaison to the Drug and Medical Device Committee,
    2011-2012
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado
Best Oralist, Van Oosterhout Moot Court Competition


Michele Choe has developed a strong track record defending hospitals and healthcare providers, medical device and drug manufacturers, and employers in lawsuits involving a variety of tort claims. She has particular experience handling medical malpractice, product liability, and wrongful termination matters.

Representative Cases Medical Devices & Pharmaceuticals Medical Devices & Pharmaceuticals
  • Represented Boston Scientific in multiple cases in pelvic mesh MDL, including two that settled favorably and others that are ongoing.
  • Represented GE Healthcare in claims relating to its healthcare product Omniscan, an imaging agent alleged to cause nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, a chronic debilitating disease, in some patients.
  • Represented pharmaceutical manufacturers in multidistrict litigations involving Baycol, Seroquel, and various diet drugs.
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer in litigation involving cold therapy devices.
  • Represent one of the nation's largest providers of home respiratory therapy and devices in prelitigation evaluation involving ventilators and litigation involving home oxygen equipment.
Medical Malpractice Medical Malpractice Long-term Care Long-term Care
  • Represent a national long-term care provider and its management and operating companies in cases involving claims of negligence, personal injury, and wrongful death in multiple states.
Employment Employment
  • Advised a client on the defense of a unique theory of liability brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
  • Represented an investment company against wrongful termination and retaliation claims brought by the company's former CFO, who also alleged breach of contract and tortious interference. Following depositions, the matter settled favorably for WTO's client.
  • Prevailed against allegations of racial discrimination against a tech industry employer in Nevada. Following a two-and-a-half-year investigation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concluded that no discriminatory conduct had occurred.
  • Represented a leading telecommunications company as a third-party respondent in discovery relating to a lawsuit involving claims that an executive violated the terms of a noncompete agreement and misappropriated proprietary information from his prior employer. The case eventually settled, absolving WTO's client of its role in the litigation.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • 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 Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Other Experience

Sidley Austin LLP

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Rising Stars
    Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2013-2015
Colorado Defense Lawyers
   Vice-Chair, Professional Liability Committee
American Bar Association
    Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Leadership Academy,
        "The Brief" Editorial Board, 2015-2016
        "Tort Source" Editorial Board, 2013-Present
        Leadership Academy, 2012-2013
Defense Research Institute
    Young Lawyer Co-Liaison to the Drug and Medical Device Committee,
    2011-2012
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado
Best Oralist, Van Oosterhout Moot Court Competition

Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Donald P. Lay, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Articles/Presentations
  • "Conducting an Early Case Assessment: How to Evaluate Liability Risk Exposure Before Litigation Begins," presented at Defense Research Institute Young Lawyer's Breakout Session, (May 2009).
  • "Redaction of Personal Information From Electronic Filings," presented at Defense Research Institute Annual Conference, (October 2008).
  • "Preserving Attorney-Client Communications Involving PR Professionals," American Bar Association Section of Litigation: Second Chair, (July 2008).
Education
  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 2003, with distinction
    Iowa Law Review, Articles Editor
  • University of Iowa, M.A., 2000, Communication Studies
  • California State University, Fullerton, B.A., 1998, Speech Communications
Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Donald P. Lay, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Bar and Court Admissions
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • 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 Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit