Since 2009, Michael has devoted the majority of his practice to representing vulnerable people and their families who have been harmed by abuse or neglect in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, and hospitals. Michael is one of a select few lawyers in New Jersey who truly concentrate their practice to this area. Michael shares his knowledge on this important topic by regularly lecturing around the country and teaching other lawyers to prosecute these claims the right way. He has been published many times, including in the New Jersey Law Journal and in “Trial”, the attorney magazine published & disseminated nationally by the American Association for Justice.
He currently serves on the Executive Board of the national Nursing Home Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice.
Michael brings a unique perspective to his work. He himself has lost family members in institutions and he knows, first-hand, what it’s like to see someone you care about struggle and die. He uses that passion and understanding to bring about justice for his clients.
Michael is a highly skilled and dedicated advocate. Prior to entering private practice, Michael served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force, where he tried many cases all over the world, including Japan, Qatar and Kuwait.
Michael was lead counsel for the plaintiff in the case of Dwyer v. Harborview, which generated the largest nursing home verdict to date in the state of New Jersey: $13.2 Million. While the verdict was later the subject of post-trial motions and an appeal, and ultimately settled for a different amount on appeal, the results demonstrate Michael’s considerable skill in the courtroom. Please note, every case is unique and no specific case or outcome can predict future results.