Michael C. Shepard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Boston, MA

Shepard Law, P.C.
 | 160 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-451-9191
Fax: 617-451-9292
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (10%),
  • Transportation/Maritime (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Michael Shepard, founder of Shepard Law in Boston, Massachusetts, is a personal injury trial lawyer with a special and particular emphasis on mesothelioma and asbestos exposure cases. Michael has been litigating mesothelioma lawsuits in both state and federal courts for more than 25 years and has represented victims of asbestos exposure throughout the New England region and the entire United States. Michael’s commitment to providing clients with comprehensive, compassionate care and tenacious advocacy is directly responsible for his professional success and the numerous multimillion dollar-verdicts and settlements he has obtained for his clients.

    Michael received his bachelor’s degree from Providence College and his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He began his legal career working for a multistate law firm representing asbestos victims in over a dozen states before leaving to found his own firm in 1998. Michael is member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and is affiliated with several professional organizations as well, including the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and the American Association for Justice. He also routinely contributes his skill and resources to various charitable and civic-minded efforts.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 40%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 30%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Aviation and Aerospace
    • 10%Transportation/Maritime
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Asbestos, Toxic Torts, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff, Railroad Accident, Admiralty & Maritime Law

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    About Michael Shepard

    Admitted: 1994, Massachusetts

    Professional Webpage: http://shepardlawfirm.com/attorneys/mike-shepard/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Named a Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year in recognition of his role in the landmark verdict in the Summerlin v R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co case, a five-week trial against both tobacco and asbestos defendants. , Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2019

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Appointed as Plaintiffs Liaison Counsel in Massachusetts State Court Asbestos Litigation Docket., 2017

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Appointed as Plaintiffs Liaison Counsel in the Massachusetts State Court Asbestos Litigation. Responsible for overseeing the asbestos docket on behalf of all plaintiffs by working with the Court, Special Master, and counterparts on the defense side of the docket., 2017
    • Named a Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year for a landmark $43.1 million verdict in a lung cancer case against both tobacco and asbestos defendants., 2019
    • Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • American Association for Justice, 1995 - Present
    • Boston Bar Association, 1995 - Present
    • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
    • Connecticut, 1996
    • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Massachusetts, 1994

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Achieved landmark $43.1 million verdict in the Summerlin case, on behalf of the family of a man who died from lung cancer. Case was brought against both tobacco and asbestos defendants based on the plaintiff having been an automotive brake mechanic and lifelong smoker., 2018
    • Secured a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a man suffering from mesothelioma due to his work in a paper mill in New Hampshire., 2019
    • Successfully litigated four mesothelioma lawsuits against asbestos manufacturers and suppliers on behalf of terminally ill and deceased clients, collecting millions of dollars in recoveries for the families of the victims., 2017
    • Michael Shepard and his team successfully litigated ten mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of terminally ill and deceased clients, generating millions of dollars in recoveries for the families of the victims., 2016
    • In 2014, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated two cases of aircraft mechanics who developed mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos while working on a number of aircraft at major United States Air Force bases. The federal court cases involved numerous manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft component parts. They involved complex issues of law, including successor liability, state of the art and government contractor defenses. Depositions took place in multiple states around the country. The cases settled for a significant seven-figure sum., 2014
    • In June of 2009, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated a mesothelioma case on behalf of a client who spent his career working in powerplants and boiler rooms as an engineer.  The case resulted in a significant seven figure settlement for the client., 2009
    • In December of 2011, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated the case of pipefitter/welder who worked in a number of paper mills in Western Massachusetts. He developed mesothelioma, a terminal cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The suit involved the paper mills themselves, as well as the manufacturers of asbestos products that were used in those mills. The case involved a number of very complicated legal issues regarding premises liability, state of the art, and concert of action.  After an arduous discovery battle, the case was resolved on the eve of trial for a significant seven figure settlement., 2011
    • In 2015, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated the case of a former merchant marine and power house engineer who died from mesothelioma. The deceased plaintiff had attended a local merchant marine academy, and served as an engineer on board a number of merchant ships. After his merchant marine service, he became a power house engineer and boiler inspector. His work in the merchant marine and in power houses and boiler rooms exposed him to significant amounts of asbestos from boilers, turbines, pumps, valves and related equipment. Shepard Law obtained a significant seven-figure sum for his spouse, which helped ease her concerns about paying for the house and living expenses in the future.
    • In 2007, Attorney Michael Shepard obtained the 6th highest jury verdict in Massachusetts in 2007, $6.4 million dollars, in a case involving an ambulance roll-over. The plaintiff was involved in a multi-car accident on a major highway outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and had only suffered minor cuts and scrapes. She was being transported from the scene of the accident to a local hospital as a precaution. She was strapped into the bench seat of the ambulance, as another accident victim was on the stretcher and being transported in the same ambulance. The ambulance collided with a disabled car on the highway, rolling over onto its passenger side and sliding across the roadway. The collision and roll-over caused significant injuries to both plaintiffs. Shepard Law and their co-counsel alleged that the ambulance driver was distracted and not paying attention to the traffic on the highway. The ambulance company defended the case by alleging that the plaintiffs’ injuries were caused by the initial multi-car accident and that the ambulance driver was boxed in by traffic and did not have time to stop or take evasive action. After a week-long trial that included testimony from several eyewitnesses and expert witnesses, the jury returned a verdict in favor of both plaintiffs for $3.2 million dollars each.
    • In May of 2008, Attorney Shepard successfully litigated an asbestos case against the manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft component parts on behalf of a former Navy aircraft mechanic who developed mesothelioma, resulting in a significant seven figure settlement after the start of the trial., 2008
    • In May of 2011, Attorney Shepard and his firm represented two clients with mesothelioma in litigation against the manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft component parts.  One client had been a career United States Air Force mechanic, and the other a Navy mechanic.  Both cases were vigorously defended by the aircraft companies, and involved a tremendous amount of discovery and preparation.  Both cases settled on the first day of trial for significant seven figure settlements., 2011
    • In 2013, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated the case of a man who died of mesothelioma after having been exposed to asbestos while working as an aircraft mechanic. The complex case involved suits in both state and federal court, in which numerous domestic and international aviation companies were named defendants. After extensive discovery and motion practice, the case settled for a significant seven-figure sum., 2013
    • In 2015, Michael Shepard and the team at Shepard Law successfully litigated several mesothelioma cases. In one, a former employee of Boston Edison developed mesothelioma from his exposure to asbestos at several power plants in Massachusetts. In another, an employee of a rubber manufacturing facility developed mesothelioma from his exposure to asbestos-contaminated talc used in the rubber making process. A third case involved a former merchant marine and power plant engineer who developed mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos from pumps, valves, boilers and other industrial equipment. A fourth case involved a man in his early 60's who developed mesothelioma from his work with asbestos-containing joint compound, as well as his work assembling industrial ovens that used asbestos-containing marinite board. A fifth case involved a man in his 40's who developed mesothelioma from his work repairing brakes and clutches on trucks and heavy equipment when he was employed by a municipal highway department and water department. All told, Shepard Law's litigation efforts on behalf of asbestos victims in 2015 resulted in settlements worth multiple millions of dollars for its clients., 2015
    • In 2013 and 2014, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated the case of a woman who died of mesothelioma. Her mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos from laundering the clothing of her husband, who worked at a facility that coated and cut asbestos paper for use in making gaskets. The case involved two separate suits, due to the late discovery of documents that indentified additional suppliers of asbestos paper. The case was vigorously defended, and involved extensive motion practice and numerous depositions. After all the factual and legal hurdles were cleared, the case settled for a significant seven-figure sum., 2014
    • In May of 2010, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated the mesothelioma case of a client who worked in a paper mill for his entire career.  The case involved building a novel theory of liability against a defendant that was vigorously contesting liability.  Attorney Shepard and his team were able to gather and present evidence that resulted in a significant seven figure settlement for the client, including the largest settlement ever paid by a single asbestos defendant in Massachusetts., 2010
    • In 2014, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated the case of a forklift operator who worked in a number of paper mills in Western Massachusetts. The plaintiff suffered from mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos at the paper mills. He was also exposure to asbestos through contact with his father's clothing, which was contaminated with asbestos from his own work in a paper mill. The case involved a number of very complicated legal issues regarding premises liability, state of the art, and concert of action.  After an arduous discovery battle, the case was resolved on the fist day of trial for a significant seven figure settlement., 2014
    • In 2015, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated the case of a 48 year-old man who had worked as a vehicle mechanic for a municipal highway department and water department in Massachusetts. The plaintiff developed mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos from brakes, clutches and gaskets used in automobiles, pickup trucks, and heavy trucks and equipment. The case involved a number of defendants who vigorously opposed the lawsuit, resulting in extensive discovery and nearly twenty expert witness depositions. The case was set to be tried in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Massachusetts. It resolved on the third day in Court for a significant seven figure settlement.

    Representative Clients:

    • John Doe v. Crane Co., et al.
    • Summerlin v R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Phllip Morris USA, Inc. and Hampden Automotive Sales Corporation; Mass Superior Court C.A. No. 15-5255., 2018
    • John Doe v. Boeing, et al., 2011
    • John Doe vs. MeadWestvaco Corporation, et. al., 2014
    • John Doe v. Boeing, et. al., 2014
    • John Doe v. Northrop Grumman, et al.
    • Seang v. Armstrong Ambulance Co., et al.
    • John Doe v. Borg-Warner, et al., 2010
    • John Doe v. Airbus, et. al., 2013
    • John and Jane Doe vs. Ford Motor Company, et. al., 2015
    • John Doe v. A.W. Chesterton, et al.
    • John Doe v. MeadWestvaco, et al., 2011
    • John Doe v. Hollingsworth & Vose, et. al., 2014
    • John and Jane Doe vs. General Electric Company, et. al., 2015

    Educational Background:

    • Providence College, B.A. in Economics; Liberal Arts Honors Program graduate, 1991
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    Office Location for Michael C. Shepard

    160 Federal Street
    Boston, MA 02110

    Phone: 617-451-9191

    Fax: 617-451-9292

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