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Michael Sieja

Michael Sieja

Assistant General Counsel

Altria Client Services Inc.

Professional Experience

  • 25 years of experience handling complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, as in-house and outside counsel.
  • In-house counsel at Altria from December 2002 to present.
    • Manage complex civil litigation pending across the U.S., focusing on individual smoking and health cases.
    • Responsibilities include selecting and leading trial teams that regularly achieve positive results in state and federal courts.
    • Manage and coordinate outside counsel from several firms that represent Altria and its affiliates in litigation.
    • Counsel Altria’s operating companies on risks related to various business initiatives.
    • Active member of the Law Department’s D&I Committee.
      • Develop and implement initiatives that advance diversity within Altria’s Law Department as well as within outside law firms representing Altria and its affiliates.
      • Manage and coordinate various pro bono initiatives, including joint efforts with outside counsel.
    • Winston & Strawn: April 2000 to December 2002
      • Represented Altria and its affiliates in smoking and health litigation pending throughout the U.S., including class actions and civil RICO claims.

Education

  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. Economics
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Virginia

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