Michael V. Nakamura

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Michael V. Nakamura is an experienced and compassionate lawyer committed to achieving justice for his clients, primarily those who have suffered devastating injuries as the result of the negligence of others.

Clients often come to Mike when they are confused, intimidated or overwhelmed by the legal process, and are unsure about their rights as a victim. As a result, Mike is often hired because of his calming manner and willingness to take the time to explain the legal process. This comforting patience coupled with more than 20 years of experience in protecting and enforcing victims’ rights in situations involving personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice, makes Mike an ideal choice for many clients.

Mike has a national practice with noteworthy experience in catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death cases of all kinds and brain-damaged baby cases, both in state and federal courts. He also has handled many Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) and Military Claims Act (MCA) cases, successfully representing family members of armed service personnel who were injured by medical malpractice at military hospitals in the U.S. and overseas. He has significant jury trial and bench trial experience, and is skilled in mediation and negotiated settlements. His past experience as a judicial law clerk and as a business litigation attorney encompassing a wide range of legal areas serves his clients well in the balanced evaluation of legal issues, including insurance coverage disputes, consumer protection cases, automobile dealer-manufacturer issues, and other business litigation.

As an authority in the fields of personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice, he has served as a moderator or speaker at countless seminars. He has also appeared on several local television programs on such topics as dog bite liability, gun liability and premises liability.

As a testament to Mike’s integrity and sound judgment, he is one of a few individuals selected to serve on the Character Committee of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals of Maryland, the court-appointed group of volunteer lawyers responsible for reviewing the character and fitness of applicants, maintaining the court’s Code of Professional Responsibility and upholding the ethics of the profession of law.

In addition to his leadership role within the court, Mike has been deeply involved in premier legal organizations, including the American Association of Justice, Maryland Association of Justice and the Trial Lawyers Association for the District of Columbia. He is routinely asked to give presentations before these groups, and participates in their various education-related committees, which continually strengthens his ability to help protect his clients’ and achieve justice on their behalf.


“I was recommended to Mike Nakamura through a mutual acquaintance. As soon as we started discussing my case, I felt comfortable. Mike and Sheila made it easy to work with, promptly answering my questions and addressing my concerns. I couldn’t have asked for better representation. I was very happy with the outcome and I am now living my life without worry or stress. I would definitely recommend Shulman Rogers, Mike Nakamura and their wonderful stai to anyone that requires legal representation.”

- Bonnie B.

“I was recently represented by Mike Nakamura at this firm and I was well represented, the staff were wonderful and always professional. I would recommend them to anyone that is looking for great legal representation. They were very responsive to all my questions and made sure that I understood everything.”

- Adrian W.


Representative Clients

•Brain Injured Infants and Adults
•Wrongful Death
•Federal Tort Claims Act
•Military Claims Act
•Consumer Protection
•Commercial Litigation
•Corporate Clients
•Automobile Dealerships


•Montgomery County Bar Association Chairman of the Year, 2007 (Personal Injury Section Chair)
Washingtonian Magazine,Top Personal Injury Lawyers, 2017, 2018
•Super Lawyers, Maryland 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 (Medical Malpractice)
•Super Lawyers, District of Columbia 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 (Medical Malpractice)
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent (Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards)
•AVVO: Superb Rating

News & Events

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

•Speaker and Moderator, Trial Lawyer’s Association for the District of Columbia
•Speaker, Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland
•Speaker, Asian-Pacific American Bar Association

News & Events


Michael Nakamura featured on Ask the Investigator podcast

October 11, 2018

Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Chair Michael Nakamura was recently featured on the Ask the Investigator podcast. Listen to the [...]


Three Shulman Rogers Attorneys Named to Washingtonian Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers Listing

December 8, 2017

Shulman Rogers is proud to announce that the Washingtonian Magazine has listed three of the firm’s attorneys to the 2017 [...]


Shulman Rogers’ Mike Nakamura featured in Thomson Reuters’ Verdicts, Settlements & Tactics

July 10, 2017

Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Practice Group Co-Chair Michael Nakamura was highlighted in the July 2017 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Verdicts, [...]

News Events

What’s New in Mediation and Arbitration

July 10, 2013

Dinner Meeting, The University Club 1135 16th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20036 6:00 p.m. Cocktails and Networking 7:00 p.m. Dinner [...]


Shulman Rogers Has Sixteen Attorneys Named to the 2013 Maryland Super Lawyers Listing

December 14, 2012


Twenty-three Shulman Rogers Attorneys Recognized in The American Lawyer’s “Top Rated Lawyers” Series

October 17, 2012

Also at Washington, DC office

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Claims Against the Government (Federal Tort Claims Act - FTCA)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Claims
  • Personal Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(301) 230-5255  Phone
(301) 230-2891  Fax
University Attended:
St. Anselm College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1986
Law School Attended:
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, J.D., 1989
Year of First Admission:
1989, Maryland; 1992, District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional & Community Affiliations

•Board of Directors, Rock and Roll Foundation for Children, non-profit organization directly benefiting the Children's Inn for The National Institute of Health
•Seventh Appellate Circuit, Court of Appeals of Maryland, Character Committee
•Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, Member, Personal Injury Section, Past Chair, 1997-2007
•Trial Lawyers' Association for the District of Columbia, Member, Education Committee, 1998-2003, 2007-2014
•Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, Past member, Judicial Selections Committee
•American Association of Justice, Member, Motor Vehicle Negligence Section, Professional Negligence Section
•Maryland Association for Justice, Member
•Men of St. John's, Member

Birth Information:
Washington, D.C., July 5, 1963
Reported Cases:
Case Studies: Automobile Case Settlement - Frederick County, Virginia: Karl Protil settled a personal injury automobile case in Virginia for $138,000. The plaintiffs were injured when the defendant...; Maryland Wrongful Death - Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer - Prince George's County: Karl Protil settled a wrongful death case involving a one year delay in diagnosing lung cancer, securing $900,000 on...; $1 Million Settlement Won in a Washington, DC Wrongful Death Case: Karl Protil settled a wrongful death case for $1 million. A District of Columbia-area hospital failed to heed warning...

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

Potomac, Maryland

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