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About KBA Attorneys

Michael Appel, Of Counsel

Michael Appel, Esq

Of Counsel

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.


  • Defective Drugs & Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury
  • Product Liability

Bar Admissions

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

Professional Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association, Co-Chair Insurance and Tort Litigation Section (2016-2018)
  • American Association for Justice


  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • The Best Lawyers in America “Boston Lawyer of the Year,” Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action-Plaintiffs, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation and Mass Tort/Class Actions, 2012-2019
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice, 2007-2018
  • Benchmark Litigation “Massachusetts Litigation Star,” Plaintiff, 2013-2017
  • Benchmark Appellate “First Circuit Litigation Star,” Massachusetts, 2013


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law , J.D., member, Hastings Law Journal, 1984
  • Columbia University, M.A., 1970 Syracuse University , A.B., cum laude, 1968