Michael Killingsworth

Associate

Michael Killingsworth

Associate

  • P: 713-600-4989
  • F: 713-655-0062
  • mkillingsworth@azalaw.com
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Michael Killingsworth is a trial lawyer that focuses on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. In the last four years alone, he has secured four verdicts exceeding $10 million each. In another recent trial, he successfully defended against a $200 million oil rig multi-fatality wrongful death matter. He is not just adept at trial, but also in all facets of litigation.  He has successfully argued scores of dispositive motions, obtained injunctive relief for clients, and negotiated excellent settlements in complex cases.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he also completed the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Before he attended the University of Chicago Law School, Michael graduated first in his class from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with highest distinction and Phi Beta Kappa honors.

Michael Killingsworth is a trial lawyer that focuses on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. In the last four years alone, he has secured four verdicts exceeding $10 million each. In another recent trial, he successfully defended against a $200 million oil rig multi-fatality wrongful death matter. He is not just adept at trial, but also in all facets of litigation.  He has successfully argued scores of dispositive motions, obtained injunctive relief for clients, and negotiated excellent settlements in complex cases.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he also completed the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Before he attended the University of Chicago Law School, Michael graduated first in his class from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with highest distinction and Phi Beta Kappa honors.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Healthcare Litigation
    • Won a $62.65 million jury verdict from a Nevada jury in a nationally-watched case for an emergency room physician group clients who United Healthcare underpaid. The jury in this seven-week trial unanimously found malice, oppression, and fraud in United’s underpayment of the doctors. This verdict against a cluster of United Healthcare affiliates will serve as a bellwether for more than two dozen similar cases around the nation against various insurers.
    • Won a $19.1 million jury verdict against a large insurance company in the first case in the nation to litigate emergency room physicians’ out-of-network pay from private insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act.
    • Won a $9.4 million jury verdict against an Arkansas insurance company in a breach-of-contract case in which the insurance company grossly underpaid emergency room doctors. AZA was hired six days before trial. The verdict is in the 2020 Top 100 Verdicts as calculated by Verdict Search.
  • Oil and Gas Litigation
    • Obtained a defense verdict for National Oilwell Varco (NOV) in a $200 million jury trial over a 2018 oil rig explosion that killed five workers. After three weeks of trial, the jury announced a verdict that was only a small fraction of NOV’s pre-trial settlement offer.
  • General Commercial Litigation
    • Won a $22 million dollar jury verdict for the Port of Houston in a complex commercial lease dispute with an international grain trader.
    • Led multiple contested successful injunction hearings, including at both the temporary restraining order and temporary injunction stages.
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Lead trial counsel in a trademark dispute representing the plaintiff, a non-profit sport’s program. Soon after the jury was selected, the defendants offered to settle for damages beyond plaintiff’s request, attorneys’ fees, and agreed to an injunction to cease using the plaintiff’s trademark.
    • Been a part of multiple intellectual property trial teams that have obtained eight-figure client recoveries.
  • White Collar Defense
    • Successfully aided the criminal defense team of Dr. Hasan Gokal who was accused of theft of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Court tossed the charge after finding no probable cause. Subsequently, a grand jury returned a no bill, again finding no probable cause. Currently handling Dr. Gokal’s civil lawsuit against Harris County and Harris County Public Health for discrimination based on his race and national origin.

 

EDUCATION

  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., Spring 2018
    • Doctoroff Business Leadership Fellow
    • Paul R. and Edmund W. Kitch Scholarship
    • The Ruth Wyatt Rosenson Scholarship
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, highest distinction, honors program with distinction, Spring 2015
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Chancellor’s Scholar
    • Alan P. Bates Top Sociology Undergraduate Award
    • Canfield Scholar
    • Dean’s List 2011-2015

ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar

PRESENTATIONS and CLES

  • Effective Pre-Trial and Evidentiary Hearings Preparation: Key Considerations to Mitigate Risks, The Knowledge Group Webinar, December 2021

IN THE NEWS

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Healthcare Litigation
    • Won a $62.65 million jury verdict from a Nevada jury in a nationally-watched case for an emergency room physician group clients who United Healthcare underpaid. The jury in this seven-week trial unanimously found malice, oppression, and fraud in United’s underpayment of the doctors. This verdict against a cluster of United Healthcare affiliates will serve as a bellwether for more than two dozen similar cases around the nation against various insurers.
    • Won a $19.1 million jury verdict against a large insurance company in the first case in the nation to litigate emergency room physicians’ out-of-network pay from private insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act.
    • Won a $9.4 million jury verdict against an Arkansas insurance company in a breach-of-contract case in which the insurance company grossly underpaid emergency room doctors. AZA was hired six days before trial. The verdict is in the 2020 Top 100 Verdicts as calculated by Verdict Search.
  • Oil and Gas Litigation
    • Obtained a defense verdict for National Oilwell Varco (NOV) in a $200 million jury trial over a 2018 oil rig explosion that killed five workers. After three weeks of trial, the jury announced a verdict that was only a small fraction of NOV’s pre-trial settlement offer.
  • General Commercial Litigation
    • Won a $22 million dollar jury verdict for the Port of Houston in a complex commercial lease dispute with an international grain trader.
    • Led multiple contested successful injunction hearings, including at both the temporary restraining order and temporary injunction stages.
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Lead trial counsel in a trademark dispute representing the plaintiff, a non-profit sport’s program. Soon after the jury was selected, the defendants offered to settle for damages beyond plaintiff’s request, attorneys’ fees, and agreed to an injunction to cease using the plaintiff’s trademark.
    • Been a part of multiple intellectual property trial teams that have obtained eight-figure client recoveries.
  • White Collar Defense
    • Successfully aided the criminal defense team of Dr. Hasan Gokal who was accused of theft of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Court tossed the charge after finding no probable cause. Subsequently, a grand jury returned a no bill, again finding no probable cause. Currently handling Dr. Gokal’s civil lawsuit against Harris County and Harris County Public Health for discrimination based on his race and national origin.

 

EDUCATION
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., Spring 2018
    • Doctoroff Business Leadership Fellow
    • Paul R. and Edmund W. Kitch Scholarship
    • The Ruth Wyatt Rosenson Scholarship
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, highest distinction, honors program with distinction, Spring 2015
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Chancellor’s Scholar
    • Alan P. Bates Top Sociology Undergraduate Award
    • Canfield Scholar
    • Dean’s List 2011-2015
ADMISSIONS
  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
PRESENTATIONS and CLES
  • Effective Pre-Trial and Evidentiary Hearings Preparation: Key Considerations to Mitigate Risks, The Knowledge Group Webinar, December 2021

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