President & Senior Trial Attorney
Michael Flynn is a seasoned trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience who concentrates his practice in the areas of complex civil and commercial litigation. He has been rated AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 peer rated in Martindale-Hubbell and serves as lead counsel for insurers and companies in highly regulated industries — such as railroads, shippers and motor carriers — in state and federal courts throughout the U.S.
Michael has gained national acclaim for his success in numerous high-profile cases for his clients. His work has been featured in publications such as the MBA Journal and the Massachusetts Lawyers’ Weekly — where a case he litigated was reported in 2004 as one of the “biggest” defense wins of the year, — and in the Massachusetts Lawyers’ Weekly Annual Report of the largest defense verdicts in 1995 and 1996. Most recently, he was featured in a December 2014 Buffalo Law Journal article for his successful $5.3 million dollar settlement on behalf of an inured construction foreman.
Michael frequently speaks on various litigation-related topics — such as trial skills and strategies, persuading juries, evidentiary matters and developments in the law — to legal, claims and trade organizations, including the NARTC, the ASLRRA, the New England Railroad Club, and the Southeastern Claims Conference. On the cutting-edge of industry trends and technology, Michael also addresses timely issues such as FRSA/OSHA Whistleblower law and how to leverage the latest technological innovations in a legal environment.
Before founding the firm in 1998, Michael was an associate attorney at the Boston law firms of Latti Associates, Parker, Coulter, Daley & White, and Brister & Zandrow. He was also a special assistant district attorney with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He currently resides in Braintree, Massachusetts, with his wife and their four children.
Activities and Honors
- AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 peer rated in Martindale-Hubbell
- Named among Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers in “Legal Leaders” Magazine
- Executive Committee Member and Former Eastern Region Vice President, The National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC) and Chairman of its Program Committee
- Member and General Counsel Committee Member, The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and former chair of ASLLRA annual seminar
- Member, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York and Philadelphia Bar Associations
- Member, Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Pennsylvania Chapter
- Member, Defense Research Institute
- Former member, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
- Former member, American Journal of Law & Medicine, Boston University
- Received Boston University’s American Jurisprudence Book Award for achieving the school’s highest grade in Trial Advocacy in 1990-1991
- Member, New England Railroad Club
- Presenter, 2014 Work Related Injuries Workshop, Waltham, MA
Speeches and Publications
- “Cross-examination in the 21st Century: Have Juries Become Immune to Lying?”, Presenter, NARTC 61st Annual Meeting, July 27, 2015, Farmington, PA.
- “Ammunition or Shackles: Managing Crisis Response to Maximize Your Legal Position“, Co-presenter with Lori Wirkus, New England Railroad Club Annual Rail Forum & Expo, March 19, 2015, Worcester, MA.
- “When Does the Work Come Without the Comp?: How Railroad Workers’ Injuries are Handled Under the FELA”, Work Related Injuries Conference, Waltham, MA, March 25, 2014.
- “Stupid is as Stupid Does: Getting to the Bottom of Neuropsych Testing in TBI Cases”, AAR General Claims Conference, Palm Beach, FL, October 2, 2013 and NARTC 59th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA September 10, 2013.
- “Persuading by Entertaining: Leveraging Technology to Deliver Winning Results.” Co-presenter with Lori A. Wirkus, Southeastern Claims Conference, Charlotte, NC, June 27, 2012.
- “Destroying the Myth of Eichel – Admissibility of Collateral Source Benefits”, NARTC Winter Meeting, Coral Gables, FL, February 25, 1999.