Michel Yves Horton counsels and represents Fortune 500 companies in insurance recovery disputes involving toxic torts, environmental property damage, and personal injury matters, as well as medical device and other product recalls. He represents clients in bench and jury trials in US federal and state courts, and helps clients draft specialty market insurance policies through domestic insurers and offshore captives, particularly in relation to future environmental and toxic tort exposures.
Michel also handles product liability defense and commercial litigation matters, including class actions. He has experience serving as lead counsel on insurance-related litigation for a range of clients, including retailers, technology enterprises, publishers, energy suppliers, and insulation companies and for clients involved in asbestos-related matters.
He is listed in Chambers USA, and recommended as a national and local litigation star for California for insurance in Benchmark Litigation.
College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, 1981, J.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University, 1978, B.S.
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Industry focus: Insurance: advice to policyholders, The Legal 500 US (2018)
Elite Leading Lawyer, Insurance: Advice to Policyholders, The Legal 500 US (2014–2016)
Ranked, Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder, Nationwide, Chambers USA (2018, 2019)
Ranked, Insurance: Policyholder, California, Chambers USA (2006–2019)
Recognized as a national and local litigation star for California for Insurance in Benchmark Litigation (2013–2014, 2017, 2018)
Recognized, Insurance Law, Los Angeles, The Best Lawyers in America (2006–2020)
Lawyer of the Year, Insurance Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2015)
Recognized, Southern California Super Lawyer (2006–2014)