Areas of Practice
Since joining Alan Sylvester in practice in 1981, Michael has represented personal injury claimants in trials, appeals, arbitrations and mediations arising out of:
- Automobile accidents
- Ski accidents
- Pharmaceutical claims
- Legal and medical malpractice claims
- Products liability claims
- Accidental shootings
- Dram shop cases (liquor server liability) and
- Boating and other recreational injuries.
Honors and Awards
Michael has been selected annually by his peers since 2009 for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, in the area of Personal Injury Litigation (plaintiffs). Michael has also received the highest possible rating Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell.
A Sampling of Some of Michael’s More Notable Cases Is As Follows:
Michael has represented, as lead or co-counsel, numerous plaintiffs who have recovered substantial sums by verdict or settlement. The cases have involved auto accidents, product liability claims, wrongful death, and other claims of negligence. Some of his more notable personal injury verdicts and settlements include:
- $2.5 million verdict – case involving an auto-truck collision
- $2.5 million settlement – wrongful death lawsuit in a recreational accident
- $1.8 million settlement – wrongful death claims against the owner/operator of a motor vehicle, the manufacturer of the automobile and a supplier of parts.
- $1.1 million settlement – wrongful death lawsuit
- $775,000 settlement – automobile accident case involving a fractured and dislocated hip and fractured ankle.
Education and Career
Michael graduated from the University of Vermont in 1976 and from John Marshall Law School with distinction in 1980. He was admitted to the Bar of the State of Vermont and the U. S. District Court for Vermont in 1980 and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1984. Following a one-year clerkship with Justice Robert Larrow of the Vermont Supreme Court in 1980 -1981, Michael began practicing with Alan at Sylvester & Maley in Burlington. In 2013, Alan and Michael announced the continuation of their law practice under the name of Sylvester & Brow. Michael served as an associate member and member of the Board of Bar Examiners from 1996 – 2002. He is a former board member of the Aquatic Injury Safety Group.