Michael T. Bigos
Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Lewiston, MaineBerman & Simmons
Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability
Licensed in Maine since: 2003
Education: University of Maine School of Law
Mike is the incoming President of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association (2018-19) and is a Governor of the American Association for Justice. He is a frequent speaker on legislative affairs and political advocacy for injury victims, insurance coverage, and safety policies.
Attorney Mike Bigos handles and tries complex personal injury cases, many with difficult liability, multiple defendants, and expert witnesses. Cases are often referred to Mike from judges, law professors, and opposing counsel from previous cases.
Mike works on high-profile cases, such as a paraplegic child injured by landlord code violations, a child catastrophically burned by landlord plumbing code violations; crashworthiness claims against a vehicle manufacturer involving quadriplegia and death; a catastrophic burn victim injured by a dangerous consumer product; wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims from construction site falls involving multiple defendants; and IVC (blood clot) filter medical device litigation. He appears on TV and media occasionally when contacted by reporters about an in-suit case.
He recently settled high-profile double wrongful death claims against a landlord in Biddeford, ME arising from a September 2014 fire. He is presently litigating sex abuse claims against the Boy Scouts, a Bar who lured women under age 21, and the Catholic Church. He is a member of the AAJ Traumatic brain injury (TBI) Litigation Group.
Mike achieves results through hard work, planning, focused execution, and cutting-edge trial skills, including the use of focus groups in select cases. With a background in high-level politics, Mike is a natural strategist who thrives under pressure. He travels across the country to participate in trial workshops and network with trial attorneys.
“The stakes for my clients are high,” Mike says. “Often they are going through the worst ordeal they’ve ever been through, and it’s hard for them to imagine getting back to a normal life. The more my client knows about their case, the better our chance to win. To be able to help someone at the time of their greatest need is extremely gratifying.”
First Admitted: 2003, Maine
Professional Webpage: http://www.bermansimmons.com/our-attorneys/michael-t-bigos
- Governor from Maine (1 of 3), American Association for Justice
- Federal District of Maine, 2004
- AAJ IVC Filter Litigation Group
- Treasurer, Governor, Maine Trial Lawyers Association
- Maine Bar, 2003
- Judicial Selection Panelist, Federal District and First Circuit Court of Appeals Judges
- Maine State Bar Association
- Attorney Information Exchange Group
- U.S. Supreme Court Bar
- Co-Chair, Maine Trial Lawyers Association Legislative Committee
- AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group
- $175,000 for a roofer who, on his second day on the job, fell from a ladder during wintry conditions, fracturing his wrist, as a result of a general contractor who did not train or provide fall protection.
- $300,000 for a female passenger whose vehicle was T-boned into a telephone pole, causing a "scalping" injury and permanent forehead scar.
- $2,500,000 for a worker who suffered catastrophic injuries in crash after oncoming vehicle crossed centerline.
- $145,000 for an energy plant worker who fell through a hole cut by third party contractors who failed to comply with OSHA requirements (after comparative fault), resulting in shoulder surgery and tearing wounds.
- $400,000 for a woman motorcycle passenger who suffered a traumatic brain injury and multi-trauma after being catapulted by a left-turning driver.
- $450,000 for a couple who received serious fractures in an icy roads case that turned on obtaining Event Data Recorder (EDR) data showing other driver was driving 70 mph.
- $230,000 for a student victim of jointly coordinated cyberbullying, taunting, and physical attacks, resulting in a traumatic brain injury.
- $343,000 for an elderly man who suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple fractures resulting from a hand-railing failure (after a two-week trial).
- $330,000 for a pedestrian, struck by a Canadian tourist in Bar Harbor, causing a fractured humerus.Â This required a lawsuit and compliance with international Hague Convention rules.
- $1,000,000 for a family who were struck by logs when a logging truck overturned on the corner of a rural highway.
- $680,000 for a female construction worker whose pelvis was fractured when run-over by a third party dump truck driver.
- $300,000 for an out-of-state domestic violence survivor who suffered orthopedic and exacerbation of emotional injuries after an explosive incident in Maine at the hands of her husband. This case was previously rejected by five attorneys.
- $3,200,000 judgment for a mother and her baby who suffered a catastrophic brain injury, resulting in cerebral palsy.
- Former Commissioner, Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Elections Practices
- Volunteer, Maine Lawyers in Libraries (free legal aid)
- Former Chair and Member, Richmond, Maine Planning Board
- University of Southern Maine
- University of Maine School of Law
- Harvard University KSG State and Local Government Program
- Attorney Mike Bigos discusses a case involving a power plant employee who fell at work and suffered serious shoulder and leg injuries., Michael T. Bigos Workplace Injury Case, 2014
- Attorney Michael Bigos is interviewed about his case involving an apartment-building fire and the double wrongful death claims against the landlord., Michael T. Bigos Interview, 2016
- Presenter, Producing Advocacy: Working From Verdict Back to Intake, Maine Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, 2016
- Author, Domestic Torts: Money for Spousal Abuse?, In Brief, 2014
- Author, Berman & Simmons Helps Pass SMART Act: Greater Certainty in Medicare Repayments, In Brief, 2013
- Author, Construction Site Accidents: Proving Liability with OSHA Standards, In Brief, 2012
- Author, Minor Clients Need Major Attention, Maine Bar Journal, 2010
- Author, The Reasonable Value of Medical Services, part II: MaineCare Equals Unreasonable Value, Maine Bar Journal, 2007
- Author, “Security of Supply and Control of Terrorism” in the book “Energy Security”, Oxford University Press, 2004
- Author, Maine Considers the Uniform Mediation Act, Maine Bar Journal, 2003
- Author, Revisiting the Voluntariness of Confessions After State v. Sawye, Maine Bar Journal, 2002
- Author, MaineCare Pitfalls - Personal Injury Attorneys Beware!, In Brief, 2009
- Guest Speaker, Mainecare: Proving the Reasonable Value of Medical Expenses at Trial, Maine Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, 2008
- Panelist, New Developments with Medicare Set Asides, Maine Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, 2010
- Presenter, Civil Rules Series - Trial and Post-trial Issues, Maine State Bar Association, 2010
- Co-Presenter (with Justice Paul Fritzsche), Minor Clients Avoiding Major Mistakes, Maine State Bar Association Winter Meeting, 2011
- Presenter, Changing the Medicare Reimbursement Process For Your Medicare Cases: The SMART Act, Maine Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, 2013
- For a first step toward our goals, we would need to overcome blame. The defense sought to blame the victims: Why didn’t they try to escape through a window? Why didn’t they crawl through a passageway that led to another exit? Maybe they had disabled the smoke alarms?, Justice Achieved and Fire Safety Improved, 2018
- "AV Preeminent" - Highest Level of Professional Excellence, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
- AVVO Rated 10.0 out of 10, AVVO.com, 2016
- Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023
- Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013