Michael K. Gillis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Newton, MA

Gillis & Bikofsky, P.C.
 | 1150 Walnut Street, Newton, MA 02461
Phone: 617-244-4300
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • General Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

As a founder of Gillis & Bikofsky, P.C., Michael K. Gillis is committed to representing clients in Cambridge, Framingham, Natick, Brookline, South Yarmouth Port, Boston, Somerville, Wellesley, Needham, Waltham, Plymouth, Brockton and Newton, Massachusetts. He dedicates his practice to handling personal injury and wrongful death cases that involve the following matters: public transportation, car, motorcycle, truck, pedestrian, bicycle and drunk driving accidents; head, spinal cord and catastrophic injuries; birth trauma, surgical errors and other medical malpractice; prescription and pharmacy errors; construction and workplace injuries; unsafe premises; defective medical devices, defective drugs and consumer product safety; and protecting children and the elderly. Mr. Gillis also represents clients in cases involving criminal defense, business consulting, dispute resolution, wage and employment claims, discrimination claims and whistleblower claims.

In 1979, Mr. Gillis earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and graduated cum laude from Boston College. He then received a Juris Doctor in 1982 from Suffolk University Law School, where he served as president of the student bar association.

For more than 25 years, Mr. Gillis has been helping people who have suffered because of someone else's error. Early in his career, Mr. Gillis defended large corporations from personal injury claims. This experience has given him a keen insight into how to build a compelling case for victims of negligence. He consistently obtains verdicts and settlements in his clients' favor.

For his accomplishments, Mr. Gillis has earned the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell, The Boston Globe named him one of Boston's Top Rated Lawyers, and Vogue magazine dubbed him one of the state's Top Lawyers for women.

A published author and frequent lecturer, Mr. Gillis is on the board of delegates for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and serves as a state delegate to the American Association for Justice.

*AV®, BV®, 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (50%): Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (30%): Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

General Litigation (20%): Litigation

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Litigation

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2015 - 2018

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About Michael Gillis

Admitted: 1982, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://gillisandbikofsky.com/attorneys/michael-k-gillis/

Honors and Awards:

  • "AV" peer rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • One of Massachusetts' "Top Lawyers for Women" by Vogue Magazine
  • One of "Boston's Top Rated Lawyers" by the Boston Globe
  • Massachusetts "Super Lawyer" by Boston Magazine
  • Named one of the "Top Massachusetts Lawyers"

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board of Delegates, American Association for Justice, 2004
  • Board of Delegates, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2001
  • President, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2001
  • Chairman, Liquor Liability Litigation Group, 2000
  • American Association for Justice, 1988
  • Board of Governors, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 1988
  • President, Student Bar Association, Suffolk University Law School
  • The Joint Bar Judicial Nomination Commission

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • School Board, Msgr. Haddad Middle School, 2009
  • Pastoral Council, St. Joseph Church, 2008
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Little Brothers of St. Francis, 2007
  • Advocate and Past Grand Knight of local Knights of Columbus
  • Serves on the Board of the Pike's Peak Hockey Club of Boston College
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Milton Public Library
  • Chairman and Counsel for the Hoyt Fund
  • Board of Governors of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Archdiocese of Boston
  • Trustee of Suffolk University

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, Liquor Liability and Other Special Issues, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2014

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $17 million dollar verdict in dram shop case were intoxicated patron stabbed another patron. $4.6 million dollar verdict against an insurer for not paying the $50,000 policy limits for its insured (2014). $1.6 million dollar settlement against insurer for bad faith in failing to make a $50,000 payment to injured claimant. (2014). $8.4 million dollar verdict for intentional infliction of emotional distress (2015). $150,000 verdict in dog bite case (2016). 

Educational Background:

  • Juris Doctorate, Suffolk University Law School, 1982
  • Boston College, B.A. with honors, Economics, 1979
Office Location for Michael K. Gillis

1150 Walnut Street
Newton, MA 02461

Phone: 617-244-4300

 

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Last Updated: 3/14/2017

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