Michael A. Innes

Michael A. Innes

A partner at Carella Byrne, Michael Innes prosecutes high-profile class actions and mass tort lawsuits against multi-national corporations on behalf of individuals and public entities. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in class actions and individual actions in state and federal courts across the country.

Michael currently represents numerous cities and counties seeking to hold multiple defendants accountable for their role in creating the ongoing opioid crisis. He was a member of the successful trial team representing Summit and Lake Counties in Ohio in the In re National Prescription Opioid Litigation, MDL 2804.

Prior to joining the firm, Michael counseled individuals and corporations in a broad range of matters, including class actions, employment disputes, significant real estate disputes, and government-initiated investigations and enforcement actions.

Before entering private practice, Michael served three consecutive judicial clerkships in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey: Hon. Michael A. Shipp (2008-2009), Chief Judge Jose L. Linares (Ret.) (2009-2011), and Hon. Esther Salas (2011-2012).

Michael is a graduate of Boston College (B.A., 2002) and Vermont Law School (J.D., 2008).


  • New Jersey State Bar

Practice Areas



Practice Areas

Wills & Estates

Our attorneys understands how critical it is that business owners prepare for retirement or unforeseen circumstances in a way that provides for their financial well-being and the continuity of their companies.


When disputes arise, our seasoned litigators provide exceptional advocacy grounded in holistic strategies designed to achieve each client’s overall business, financial, and personal goals.

Labor Law

Whether before a hearing board, in the courtroom, or at the negotiating table, our labor lawyers leverage their considerable advocacy and negotiating skills to advance and protect our clients’ interests.

About us


Student Mental Health and Social Media

Partner Michael Innes wrote an article titled “Why New Jersey school districts are filing lawsuits against social media companies, which is featured in the New Jersey School Board Association Reader Forum: Student Mental Health and Social Media.

Chrysler Owners Win Cert. Of 6M Class In Takata Airbag MDL

A judge has certified a class of roughly 6 million Fiat Chrysler vehicle owners who assert fraud claims against FCA US in sprawling multidistrict litigation accusing automakers of hiding the risks associated with allegedly explosive Takata airbags.
The 74

Carella Byrne’s Michael Innes Featured in Recent The 74 Article

Innes was featured in recent article titled Teen Mental Health Crisis Pushes More School Districts to Sue Social Media Giants. “The harms caused by social media companies have impacted the districts’ ability to carry out their core mission of providing education.”

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