$6 Million Settlement in Body Armor Case
$4.5 Million Settlement for Parents of Slain College Student
Michael Appel has achieved excellent results representing clients in medical malpractice and serious personal injury matters. In his more than 28 years of experience, Michael has tried numerous cases in the State and Federal Courts of Massachusetts. He has obtained numerous large verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice, premises liability, workplace injury, and motor vehicle accident cases. He recently obtained a $4.5 million settlement in litigation 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 Massachusetts based litigation:
- Plaintiff’s 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.
- Co-liaison counsel in In re: Specially Assigned Taxus Stent Cases, which is currently in the process of settlement.
- Currently serving on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for In re: Specially Assigned Transvaginal Mesh Implant Cases.
- Currently bringing cases against the manufacturer of GranuFlo, a defective dialysate product used during dialysis.
- Currently bringing cases in state and federal courts against New England Compounding Pharmacy concerning the sale of tainted steroid.
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.
Michael also represents manufacturers in product liability claims arising out of the design of power tools, automotive components, lawn and garden equipment, appliances and industrial equipment. Since 1985 he has successfully defended several national manufacturers of saws and other industrial woodworking machinery in jury trials in the federal and state courts.
He has lectured on issues of evidence and trial practice with the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Institute. Michael has served as Special Counsel to the Supreme Judicial Court Committee on Professional Responsibility for Clerks of the Court.
- American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
- The Best Lawyers in America (Personal Injury Litigation), 2012-2013
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice), Boston magazine, 2007-2012; Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2008
- Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
- Boston Bar Association (former Chair, Tort Committee)
- American Association for Justice (formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America)