(1929 - 2005)
Gerald Michaud was a wonderful person in addition to being a terrific lawyer. He was a great teacher - he shared - and was happy to do so. He was a master at telling the story of the case and proving it. Gerald Michaud attended Washburn University where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1949 and his law degree in 1951. He graduated cum laude from law school and was on the Board of the Law Review. Mr. Michaud was known as a world-class medical malpractice lawyer whose career included numerous ground breaking cases. Some of those cases include: proving benzene caused cancer which won a $34 million verdict against Texaco; proving birth control pills caused strokes, kidney disease, heart disease, blood clots and hair loss, and forcing drug companies to reformulate the pills with less estrogen; and proving super-absorbent tampons caused toxic shock syndrome and winning an $11 million verdict from International Playtex in the 1983 death of a Wichita woman. The company voluntarily recalled the product two weeks after the trial and changed it to make it safer. Mr. Michaud was a noted presenter at the Washburn University on numerous occasions and was a distinguished speaker at the Ahrens Tort Symposium in 1996. He served on the Washburn Law School Association Board of Governors from 1986 to 1989 and again from 1991 to 1994. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Washburn Law School Association in 1997 and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Washburn University in 1986. He also received the Washburn University President's Award in 1997 for recognition of his work on behalf of higher education. Gerald Michaud passed away on July 18, 2005 at 76 years of age.