Michael J. CunninghamOf Counsel
Michael J. Cunningham is Senior Counsel in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group, where he has concentrated his practice in commercial and personal injury litigation.
Mike’s cases have arisen from construction delays, environmental pollution, explosions, floods, industrial accidents, structural failures and other catastrophic events, as well as business transactions and governmental enforcement activity. These engagements have required him to develop a working knowledge of technical issues in a variety of fields, including automotive engineering, bridge design, civil engineering, concrete technology, explosive and pyrotechnic chemistry, highway design, hydrology, machine design, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, propane systems and underwater blasting.
Among Mike’s significant cases are the Empire State Plaza construction delays (Albany), the New York State Thruway Bridge collapse (Schoharie), the St. Lawrence Canal flood (Whitehall), the Queensboro Bridge rehabilitation project delays (New York City) and the Marcy pedestrian bridge collapse (Utica-Rome Expressway).
Mike has represented construction firms, design professionals, hospitals, insurance carriers, law firms, manufacturers, health maintenance organizations, nursing homes, retailers, trade associations and shareholders, as well as individual accident victims. He is experienced in both the prosecution and defense of suits involving product design, professional malpractice, environmental pollution (CERCLA), pharmaceuticals, industrial safety, motor vehicle crashes and fires.
Michael has been named to the 2017 and 2018 Best Lawyers in America for Construction Litigation by U.S. News & World Report.
Prior to entering the private practice of law, Mike served as a law clerk to the Hon. Edward A. Tamm of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
While in law school, Mike was Executive Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. He is fluent in German.
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Albany, NY 12203
New YorkCourt Admissions
United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Supreme CourtBar Affiliations
Albany County Bar AssociationEducation
Notre Dame Law School, Juris Doctor, cum laude
Manhattan College, B.A. (with honors)
Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Germany