Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Michael Wolfer is a Senior Associate in Butler’s Subrogation and Recovery Department in Philadelphia. An experienced litigator, he concentrates his practice on property subrogation claims involving construction defect, product liability, structural failure, fire and explosion, water damage and other casualty losses across the United States. Michael has successfully represented clients in several high profile cases including a widely publicized roof collapse in Philadelphia’s Center City resulting in a high-value recovery for his clients. Michael also represents clients’ interests in liability defense and insurance coverage matters, and enjoys serving as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia County Arbitration Program.

Michael earned his law degree from Rutgers School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University where he competed as a Division I wrestler for the Lions.


  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania


  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Certified Civil Arbitrator


  • Columbia University, New York
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Rutgers University School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Columbia University Club of Philadelphia, Board Secretary (2018-2020)
  • Philadelphia State Bar Association


  • Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas
  • United States District Court - District of New Jersey
October 28, 2019 PUBLICATIONHow Amazon disrupted product liability

Amazon is the quintessential example of a modern-day “disrupter.” From books to electronics to groceries and media, the trillion-dollar behemoth has significantly impacted almost every sector of the economy. Perhaps less noteworthy to the general public...

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Court Decisions


October 09, 2019 PODCASTSSubro Sense Podcast - Unpacking Product Claims against Amazon

Historically, many jurisdictions have held that Amazon was not a “Seller” when considering products sold on its website by third-party vendors.  Recently, a U.S. Court of Appeals held for the first time that Amazon was a “Seller” and therefore potentially liable for defective products purchased on its website...

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Blog Posts

June 19, 2020 BLOG POSTIs Amazon a Seller? An Issue Primed for State Courts

The tide is turning as another federal court declares that Amazon is responsible for third-party products purchased on its website. On January 7, 2020, the Southern District of Texas in McMillian v. Amazon.com joined the Third Circuit court of Appeals and the Western District of Wisconsin in finding that Amazon can be a “seller” under the applicable state product liability statutes.

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December 18, 2019 BLOG POSTAnd You Are Not Done; The Future of Products Liability Claims Against Amazon Still Uncertain

This past summer, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a seminal opinion in Oberdorf v. Amazon.com, Inc., which held Amazon could be liable as a seller for products sold by third parties on its website...

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July 08, 2019 BLOG POSTAmazon is subject to liability as "Seller," rules the Third Circuit

The Third Circuit issued a groundbreaking opinion in Oberdorf v. Amazon.Com, 2019 WL 2849153, that may have a significant impact on the way Amazon conducts business. For the first time, a U.S. Court of Appeals has found Amazon is a “Seller” and therefore potentially liable for defective products purchased on its website. The Third Circuit diverged from the Fourth and Sixth Circuits which has previously found Amazon should not be subjected to liability...

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May 30, 2019 BLOG POSTShould Amazon be Liable for Products Sold in its Marketplace?

Amazon, the largest e-commerce website in the world and a member of the “Big Four” has repeatedly, and successfully, argued that the company is not liable for harm caused by the defective products that are sold by third parties on its website. Most recently, Amazon avoided potential liability arising from a house fire caused by a defective headlamp...

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April 17, 2019 BLOG POSTNotre Dame and Handling Tragic Losses

Imagine you just received an email, subject line “New Assignment – April 15 2019 loss – Paris France.” You open the email and learn that you will be assisting in the rebuilding of Notre Dame.

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February 03, 2020 NEWSMichael Wolfer - Winner of the Inaugural IMPACT Award

Butler is proud to announce the winner of our inaugural Impact Award for 2019 is Michael Wolfer in Philadelphia...

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July 11, 2019 NEWSCongratulations to our newest Senior Associates!

Today we congratulate our firm's newest Senior Associates, Michael Wolfer and Gray Kelly!

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