Michael has over 23 years of litigation experience in a variety of legal areas. Prior to opening this firm, he was the Chief District Court Prosecutor in the Cape and Island's District Attorney's Office and was honored to be named the 1997 Prosecutor of the Year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. As a prosecutor, Michael worked with victims of crimes on a daily basis and tried over 100 trials to verdict during his 7 year career. He then began to build his experience with civil litigation when he was hired as a litigator for the five campus University of Massachusetts system. At UMass, Michael litigated and negotiated numerous civil rights and employment actions on both the trial and appellate levels, including the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
In 2006, Michael decided to combine all of his experience and opened a private practice that was devoted to representing individuals in need of personal representation. That year he filed his first civil law suit for a Fall River maintenance engineer who was diagnosed with mesothelioma. After negotiating with defense counsel and the Court, he was able to advance the case to trial while his client was still alive, and after one week of trial, the case was settled for over $12 million for his client and his surviving family.
Since filing his first mesothelioma case, Michael has represented over 100 victims of asbestos exposure, primarily in Massachusetts. His clients have been exposed to asbestos in a number of different ways, including carpenters, electricians, Naval workers, shipyard workers, roofers, auto mechanics, foundry workers and insulators. He has also filed mesothelioma cases in Florida and New York, and his clients have lived all over the United States. In 2009, in conjunction with the New York law firm of Belluck and Fox, he brought a mesothelioma case to verdict and won a $2.25 million verdict for the family of a deceased chemical plant worker from Niagara Falls, New York. His firm continues to represent individuals and victims in a variety of actions and strives to treat every client with the personal respect that all clients deserve.
JD, University of Buffalo Law School
BA, Boston College