Michael Lurie joined Kreindler in 2019. He is based in the Boston office and brings twenty-five years of experience in complex litigation matters.
Mr. Lurie's practice focuses on representing plaintiffs in catastrophic injury and wrongful death personal injury cases including medical malpractice, complex pharmaceutical products liability and mass tort claims. In early 2006, he was a senior member of the trial team that successfully represented, in a case followed by the national press, the estate of the first wrongful death victim of the Multiple Sclerosis drug Tysabri® and fought vigorously against the drug's return to the American marketplace before the FDA in March of 2006. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Lurie represented, in courts in Massachusetts, Georgia, Utah and New Jersey, families seeking compensation for deaths associated with the prescription Duragesic™ patch, a transdermal opioid pain medication. He also represented, at trial and on appeal the Estate of noted Harvard University paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould in connection with medical malpractice claims arising from Dr. Gould's death in 2002.
Mr. Lurie has handled complex matters at trial both in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the Northern District of New York and the Massachusetts Superior Court, including the representation of municipal and state governmental entities in cases challenging reapportionment plans under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and in civil rights litigation raising constitutional claims on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. He has also been primarily responsible for appellate matters before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Prior to joining Kreindler, Mr. Lurie was a partner in the MacDonald Law Group in Boston, MA and before that he was a senior attorney in the Mass Tort and Complex Litigation Group at the firm of Robinson & Cole LLP in Boston. He also served as Senior Staff Counsel to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the highest court in the Commonwealth and the oldest appellate court in continuous existence in the Western Hemisphere. In that capacity, he worked closely with the justices on both civil and criminal matters.
Before joining Robinson & Cole, Mr. Lurie was an associate appellate counsel at the New York Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau, where his practice focused on representing indigent criminal defendants in appellate litigation. Following law school, Mr. Lurie served as a law clerk to the justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.
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