Clyde D. Bergstresser

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Boston, MA

Bergstresser & Pollock PC
 | 52 Temple Place, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-682-9212
Fax: 617-451-1070
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (0%)
Attorney Profile

Clyde D. Bergstresser is a founder and member of Bergstresser & Pollock LLC. Mr. Bergstresser has more than 35 years of experience representing individuals, businesses and families who have suffered serious and devastating harm as the result of professional malpractice, including medical, legal and psychiatric malpractice, property owner negligence or premises liability, sexual assault and other causes of personal injury and death.

Mr. Bergstresser holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, he is an invited fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he is listed in Best Lawyers in America. He was selected by Best Lawyers as the Plaintiffs' Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year-Boston for 2014 and 2017 and is regularly recognized  in Best Lawyers in America and as one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Massaachusetts and New England.  In 2013 and again in 2016 he was recognized as one of the top 10  Super Lawyers in Massachusetts.  Mr. Bergstresser is a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology (B.S., 1971, magna cum laude) where he was President of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1974). He is a frequent lecturer on trial practice, professional liability and other subjects for attorney and physician audiences, and he is the author of the chapter in the West Practice series (Basic Law) on medical malpractice. Mr. Bergstresser's other professional affiliations include the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Association for Justice, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%)
Professional Liability: Plaintiff (30%)
Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Construction Litigation: Consumer (0%)

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (50%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Professional Liability (30%): Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other

Personal Injury - General (10%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Products Liability

Construction Litigation (0%)

Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Products Liability


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2018

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About Clyde Bergstresser

Admitted: 1974, Massachusetts

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  • Among the Top 100 Massachusetts Lawyers 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010-2017.  Top 10 in Massachusetts in 2013 and 2016
  • Among the Top 100 New England Lawyers for 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015-2017
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017.   Medical Malpractice Lawer of the Year, Boston 2014,2017
  • Fellow-American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Ranked in Chambers USA
  • AVVO highest ranking of 10
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • President of Eta Kappa Nu (The Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society), 1970-1971

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Section Council, Individual Rights and Responsibilities, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1998
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1974
  • Massachusetts, 1974
  • Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation
  • Massachusetts Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA)
  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Handling The Psychiatric Witness," Lawrence D. Shubow and Clyde D. Bergstresser, Trial Magazine, 1
  • “Handling Sexual Abuse Cases:  Repressed Memory vs. False Memory; Insurance Issues, Statute of Limitations,” Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 1991
  • How to Handle Ob-Gyn Malpractice Cases, MCLE, 1992
  • Medical Malpractice Update, MCLE, 1993
  • Training of Prosecutors,” Board of Registration in Medicine, 1995
  • "Sexual Abuse Litigation:  Plaintiff’s Perspective,” Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 1995
  • Mental Health Records:  Access, Confidentiality and Admissibility, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1995
  • Medical Malpractice Update:  “Selecting Experts and the Loss of Chance Doctrine,” MCLE, 1996
  • Massachusetts Psychiatric Society Risk Management Conference, “Legal and Ethical Dilemmas in Today’s Practice Environment,” 1996
  • "Massachusetts Practice," Summary of Basic Law, Third Edition; ed. Alpern and Shubow
  • Handling Wrongful Death Claims Appurtenant of Damages between Pain and Suffering and Wrongful Death, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1996
  • Physician’s Risk Management – Good Samaritan Program – View From Both Sides, Pro Mutual, 1997
  • Fourth International Conference on Sexual Misconduct by Psychotherapists, Other Health Care Professionals & Clergy (1998) “When the Couch Meets the Bench” and “Effective Expert Witnesses,” 1998
  • Massachusetts Academy of  Trial Attorneys – the Art of Opening and Closing Statements, 1999
  • “Protecting Elders Through Nursing Home and Managers,” Case Litigation:  Elder Law Institute VI:  Sponsored by NAELA and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2000
  • "Nursing Home Litigation – View from the Plaintiff:  Impact of Charitable Immunity and Elder Abuse,"
  • “The New Legal Malpractice Marketplace – Expanding Claims and Hardening Markets,”  Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society,” 2001
  • "Premises Liability Seminar – Expert Section and Establishing Causation," MCLE, 2002
  • "The Art of Handling a Medical Malpractice Case,"  Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2002
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, 2003
  • "Recent Developments in Civil Litigation:  How to Avoid the Unexpected Verdict,"
  • “The Mold Muddle: Handling Plaintiff’s Cases Arising from Mold Exposure:  Science, Causation and Daubert,” MCLE, 2004
  • “Malpractice Claims Against Attorneys, Theories, Defenses, Strategies and Tactics,” 2004
  • “Malpractice Claims Against Lawyers – Recent Development, Hot Topics and Strategies:  Mock Trial Presenter, MCLE, 2005
  • Professional Liability Committee:  Handling Legal Malpractice Claims from the Plaintiff’s Perspective, Boston Bar Association, 2009
  • "Physicians and Health Care Professionals in Court," A Survival Guide
  • Course Director, Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education, 2001-2010
  • "Liability Prevention for Physicians and Health Care Professionals," Strategies and Update, 2010
  • Guest Speaker, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1994,1998-2000
  • Guest Speaker, McLean Hospital, 1985 - 1993
  • Guest Speaker, New England Medical Center, 1998
  • "Handling The Psychiatric Witness,"(With Lawrence D. Shubow), Trial Magazine, July 1977
  • "A Model State Act To Authorize and Regulate Physician Assisted Suicide", (With Charles H. Baron, Dan W. Brock, Garrick F. Cole, Nancy S. Dorfman, Judith A. Johnson, Lowell E. Schnipper, James Vorenberg, and Sidney Wanzer) Harvard Journal on Legislation, Winter, 1996
  • "Practicing Psychiatry Without Fear, A Clinical Guide for Liability Prevention", Chapter: The Perspective of the Plaintiff’s Attorney, Harvard University Press
  • "Massachusetts Practice", Summary of Basic Law, Third Edition; ed. Alpern and Shubow, West Publishing Company, Chapter on Medical Malpractice, 1996
  • "Boston College Law School, Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law, Law Review, Chapter: Torts, 1978-1979
  • "Mental Disabilities - The Legal Response" M.C.L.E., N.E.L.I., Chapter: Right to Refuse Treatment

Representative Clients:

  • Rogers v. Okin, 478 F.Supp. 1342, D.Mass. 1979
  • Hart v. Cua, M.D.
  • Hoke v. Murray, III, M.D.
  • Jaskalka v. Rockett
  • Cheney v. Angus
  • Outcault v. Bazylewicz
  • Penta v. Bassil
  • Glicklich v. Spievack, 16 Mass. App. Ct., 485, 1983
  • Commonwealth v. Jackson, 369 Mass 904, 1976
  • Commonwealth v. Watson, 377 Mass. 814, 1979
  • Liberty Mutual v. Tabor, 407 Mass. 354, 1990
  • U.S. Liability Ins. Co. v. Selman, 70 F.3d 684, 1st Cir. 1995

Educational Background:

  • JD from Boston College Law School, 1974
  • Newark Institute of Technology, B.S., magna cum laude
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Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617-682-9212

Fax: 617-451-1070

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