Michael Akselrud has been a valued member of the Lanier Law Firm since 2012, when he joined the firm as a law clerk and member of the pharmaceutical litigation team. In the time since, he’s become an integral part of the firm’s Los Angeles office. He’s worked on litigation at both the state and federal level on cases dealing with everything from commercial matters and personal injury to products liability and mass torts. Mr. Akselrud was recently a part of a verdict which made headlines across the country, in which 22 women and their families were awarded $4.69 billion after alleging that daily use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder over a period of decades had caused their ovarian cancer. He also played a large role in the case against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, in which plaintiffs alleged the company had sold them faulty hip replacements.
Before joining the Lanier team, Mr. Akselrud worked for the Cancer Legal Resource Center, as well as the Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles, which provides pro bono legal services for elderly and disenfranchised individuals residing in Los Angeles County. He has been selected as a Southern California Rising Star by Thomson Reuters from 2015 to 2019. He is licensed to practice in all California State Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Central, Southern and Northern Districts of California.