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Michael S. Appel

(617) 227-3030


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (member, Hastings Law Journal), 1984
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1970
  • A.B., Syracuse University (cum laude), 1968

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Michael has achieved excellent results representing clients in catastrophic personal injury matters.  In his many years of experience, Michael has obtained numerous large verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice, premises liability, workplace injury, and motor vehicle accident cases.  Some representative settlements include a $4 million settlement on behalf of a child who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a bus accident; a $6 million settlement in a body armor case; and a $4.5 million settlement on behalf of the parents of a college student who was murdered in her off-campus apartment.

Michael has played a leading role in litigation against pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and has held a leadership position in the following mass tort litigations:

  • Plaintiffs-Co-Lead Coordinating Counsel in In re: Consolidated Fresenius Cases, an action involving claims against the manufacturer of GranuFlo, a defective dialysate product used during dialysis - settlement pending.
  • Plaintiffs' Executive Committee in In re: Specially Assigned Transvaginal Mesh Implant Cases.
  • Plaintiffs' Lead Coordinating Counsel in In re: Massachusetts State Court Diet Drug litigation in which he helped to obtain settlements for over 2,300 individuals injured by the Fen-Phen diet drug, Redux.
  • Plaintiffs-Co-Liaison Counsel in In re: Specially Assigned Taxus Stent Cases - settled.

He has represented law enforcement officers in a nationwide class action against the manufacturers of defective body armor which resulted in a substantial settlement.  A follow-up suit against the foreign manufacturer of the material used in the body armor recently settled for $6 Million.

He has lectured on issues of evidence and trial practice with the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Institute.  Michael has formerly served as Special Counsel to the Supreme Judicial Court Committee on Professional Responsibility for Clerks of the Court.


  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • "Lawyer of the Year" (Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Plaintiffs), The Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Personal Injury Litigation and Mass Tort/Class Actions), 2012-2017
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice), Boston magazine, 2007-2015; Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2008 
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Benchmark Litigation Litigation Star (Plaintiff), Massachusetts, 2013, 2016
  • Benchmark Appellate First Circuit Litigation Star, Massachusetts, 2013


  • Boston Bar Association, Co-Chair Insurance and Tort Litigation Section (2016 - ); former Chair, Tort Committee
  • American Association for Justice
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys


  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

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October 21, 2016 -
Nineteen Sugarman Rogers Lawyers Recognized as "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars"

Nineteen lawyers from Sugarman Rogers have been included in this year’s edition of the Massachusetts "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" lists. 
Sixteen attorneys have been named to the 2016 "Super Lawyers" list, an honor based on peer review and professional ...
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September 08, 2016 -
Michael S. Appel Appointed Co-Chair of the BBA Insurance and Tort Litigation Section
SRBC partner Michael S. Appel was recently appointed to serve as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Insurance and Tort Litigation Section.

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August 15, 2016 -
Twelve Sugarman Rogers Partners Named 2017 Best Lawyers in America
Sugarman Rogers is pleased to announce that twelve of its attorneys – over 70 percent of the firm’s partners – have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of  ...
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November 09, 2015 -
Christine Netski & Michael Appel Recognized as Litigation Stars
SRBC is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys have been recognized by Benchmark Litigation, a leading national law publication. Christine M. Netski and ...
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November 06, 2015 -
SRBC Lawyers Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers

Twenty lawyers from SRBC have been included in this year’s edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers annually publishes the results of a peer-survey and independent-research study designed to identify leading lawyers by state. In this year’s listings, SRBC ...
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August 21, 2015 -
Thirteen SRBC Partners Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2016 List
Thirteen partners from the Boston-based civil litigation firm Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. received top rankings in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for their skills and expertise in their respective practice areas. 

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