- Premises Liability - Defense
- Product Liability
- Retail Liability
- Automobile Liability
- Property Litigation
|University ||Villanova University, B.A., 2008 Honors: summa cum laude Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Major: History|
|Law School||Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2011 Honors: magna cum laude Honors: Order of the Coif Publication: Villanova Law Review|
|Admitted||2011, Pennsylvania; 2011, New Jersey|
Associations & Memberships
•Defense Research Institute
•New Jersey Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Philadelphia Bar Association
Michael is an associate in the Casualty Department, where he devotes his practice to premises liability, product liability, and property loss claims. He has provided counsel to a wide variety of clients, including automotive manufacturers, various retail chains, and a number of charitable and non-profit organizations. Michael has experience in all aspects of defense litigation, from initial claim investigation through discovery and trial.
Michael is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, and co-edited the Pennsylvania Chapter of its 2013 publication, Product Liability Defenses, a State-by-State Compendium.
Prior to joining the firm, Michael served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Timothy G. Farrell of the Superior Court of New Jersey. In that capacity, Michael managed the judge's dockets, drafted opinions and orders, and served as a mediator in Small Claims and Special Civil Part cases.
Michael earned his juris doctor at Villanova Law School, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class, was a member of the Order of the Coif, and served as an Associate Editor of the Villanova Law Review. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in History from Villanova University, where he graduated first in his class with a 4.0 GPA.
•Litigation Pointers for Defending the Supermarket Slip and Fall Case, Liberty Mutual Insurance, February 2015
•“Pennsylvania's Fair Share Act: Practical Pointers for Litigators, ” Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 2, June 2014, co-author
Pennsylvania's Fair Share Act: Practical Pointers for Litigators
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2014
By Michael A. Salvati, Esq. and David S. Wolf, Esq.*Key Points:Because of the two-year statute of limitations that applies to personal injury actions, the impact of the new Pennsylvania Fair Share Act is just starting to be felt.In...
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|Reported Cases||Significant Representative Matters: Obtained summary judgment on behalf of two homeowners, successfully arguing that they had no duty to prevent their general contractor from injuring his subcontractor, the plaintiff, who had fallen from a ladder on the job.; Successfully defended a retail pharmacy and its delivery driver at arbitration on an auto accident claim for which liability was uncontested. Michael obtained a limited tort finding and limited plaintiff to recovery of her unpaid medical expenses, which were minimal. The suit had initially been filed as a major jury case before being remanded to arbitration, and the award was less than 1% of plaintiff's original demand.; Obtained a dismissal on jurisdictional grounds of product liability and wrongful death claims brought against a truck dealership that was located in Ohio and that did not conduct regular business in Pennsylvania.; Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a local pharmacy in a wrongful death case in which the Plaintiff's decedent had allegedly overdosed on prescription pain medication.; Obtained a summary judgment for the manufacturer of a smoker in a failure to warn claim involving an allegedly defective barbecue smoker by successfully challenging the opinions of the plaintiff's expert as speculative.; Successfully argued in a major piece of litigation, that a certain jurisdiction was improper ultimately winning the transfer in favor of our client to a more rural county. Published Works: Pennsylvania's Fair Share Act: Practical Pointers for Litigators, Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 2, June 2014, co-author|
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