Michael Bolechowski focuses his national trial practice on the defense of high-exposure construction defect and environmental liability claims. He often is retained to handle cases involving unique theories and issues of first impression.
Michael has spent most of his professional life in the courtroom as a big city district attorney in Philadelphia, PA, first deputy attorney general and chief of civil litigation for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, senior claims counsel with a major insurer in Pennsylvania and California, and as a private practice attorney. He has tried more than 40 major cases to verdict and has resolved numerous other cases before verdict in both state and federal courts. He also has taken cases of first impression through appeal.
In a career defined by exceptional client care, Michael has represented individuals, licensed professionals, manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, governmental entities and major insurers in high-exposure personal injury and property damage claims. He has extensive experience defending construction defect, environmental exposure, medical malpractice, and product, premises liability and professional liability cases, many of which have involved cutting-edge issues of liability and damages. Michael is adept at working with experts to effectively present complex medical and scientific issues to a jury. His trial skills are further enhanced by his prior career as a teacher and an actor.
Michael frequently lectures to professional groups on environmental, scientific and insurance coverage topics and is the author of a series of learned treatises.
Areas of Focus
A significant part of Michael's practice centers on the representation of developers, owners, contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers in cases alleging personal injury and liability based on defective construction. He has tried cases involving single homes, condominiums and large commercial buildings. Among his high-stakes construction defect cases, Michael has represented subcontractors in a six-month trial involving 240 private homes and in a water intrusion case resulting in the abandonment of a 15-story dormitory building. His clients also have included developers of large multi-unit structures and some of the largest contractors in the western United States.
Michael has extensive experience defending clients in environmental injury and damage claims. He is well-versed in the complex scientific, medical and legal issues presented in toxic exposure cases, and in particular those involving PCBs, volatile organic compounds, asbestos, silica, mold, sick buildings, lead paint, petroleum products, welding rods, pesticides and industrial chemicals.
Trigger and Allocation
September 26, 2013
The National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) Conference
Plaintiff Concedes Rather than Oppose Defendants Motion for Summary Judgment
November 6, 2013