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Michael S. Appel

Partner
(617) 227-3030
 

Education:

  • 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

Practice Areas:

News:
$4 Million Settlement for Child Victim of School Bus Accident
$6 Million Settlement in Body Armor Case
$4.5 Million Settlement for Parents of Slain College Student

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.  He recently obtained a $4 million settlement on behalf of a child who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a bus accident. He also recently obtained a $4.5 million settlement on behalf of the parents of a college student who was murdered in her off-campus apartment.

In addition, Michael represents plaintiffs in litigation against the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.  He has had a major role in the following litigation:

  • 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.
  • Plaintiffs' Executive Committee in In re: Specially Assigned Transvaginal Mesh Implant Cases.
  • Plaintiffs' 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, currently in settlement.

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.

Recognition:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Personal Injury Litigation), 2012-2015
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice), Boston magazine, 2007-2013; Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2008 
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Benchmark Litigation Litigation Star (Plaintiff), Massachusetts, 2013
  • Benchmark Appellate First Circuit Litigation Star, Massachusetts, 2013

Memberships:

  • Boston Bar Association (former Chair, Tort Committee)
  • American Association for Justice (formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys

Admissions:

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
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Fifteen SRBC Partners Named “2014 Best Lawyers” and Two Ranked “Lawyer of the Year”
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22 SRBC Attorneys Recognized as "Super Lawyers"
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