Michael S. Appel

Michael S. Appel

Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.

Recognized since 2012

Boston, Massachusetts

Practice Areas

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
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Michael has achieved excellent results for his clients in catastrophic personal injury matters. He is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top mass-tort lawyers, based on his work pursuing cases against the drug and medical-device industry. Michael has played a leading role in the following national litigation matters:

  • He has served as co-lead coordinating counsel for the plaintiffs in national litigation against Fresenius, the manufacturer of GranuFlo, a defective product used during dialysis.
  • He has served on the plaintiffs’ executive committee in litigation involving transvaginal surgical mesh implants.
  • He was plaintiffs’ lead coordinating counsel in Massachusetts diet-drug litigation, in which he helped to obtain settlements for over 2,300 individuals injured by the Fen-Phen and Redux diet drugs.
  • He was plaintiffs’ co-liaison counsel in litigation involving Taxus surgical stents, which were favorably settled.

Michael has had similar success handling matters involving medical malpractice, premises liability, workplace injury, and motor-vehicle accidents. He has successfully negotiated favorable resolutions of such cases, including a $4 million settlement on behalf of a child who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a bus accident, a $6 million settlement for law-enforcement officers in a nationwide class-action suit against the maker of material used in body armor, and a $4.5 million settlement on behalf of the parents of a college student who was murdered in her off-campus apartment.

Michael lectures frequently on issues of trial practice and mass torts at various legal-education and bar-association seminars.


  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Personal Injury Litigation and Mass Tort/Class Actions), 2012-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year,” Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action-Plaintiffs, 2017
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice), 2007-2021
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Benchmark Litigation Litigation Star (Plaintiff), Massachusetts, 2013-2021
  • Benchmark Appellate First Circuit Litigation Star, Massachusetts, 2013


  • Boston Bar Association (former Chair, Tort Committee)
  • American Association for Justice (formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys


  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit


  • 101 Merrimac Street, Suite 900
    Boston, MA 02114

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs, Boston (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus:

  • Product Liability

Additional Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Medical Malpractice Law
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants


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