Michelle L. McClafferty
As an experienced complex commercial litigation attorney, Michelle counsels corporate and individual clients regarding risk management and pre-lawsuit strategy. She provides representation at all phases of litigation in state and federal court, from commencement through appeal.
Skilled in high profile, high-stakes litigation Michelle helps clients with early risk assessment so they can respond quickly and effectively when faced with catastrophic or highly sensitive matters requiring immediate action. Michelle is well versed in her understanding of media, social media, law enforcement, and regulatory considerations and works as a trusted advisor with her clients to help them message their responses effectively. Michelle also assists clients in crisis management and mediating high-risk situations before they evolve into claims.
Drawing on her background in product and premises liability, insurance claims and large high-dollar coverage matters, Michelle understands the impact that cases can have on daily business operations. She works closely with clients to understand their goals and find legal solutions that meet their objectives.
Michelle also has a background in employment litigation, representing clients in cases arising under state and federal employment statutes, as well as cases involving restrictive covenants and intellectual property disputes. Her experience includes advocating on behalf of financial services institutions, insurers, manufacturers and distributors, construction companies, and small business owners. Michelle also represents clients in consumer and commercial arbitration proceedings.
Michelle is currently representing a voting rights organization and faith-based entities in a high-profile voting rights lawsuit that has gained national attention including coverage by the New York Times. Michelle serves both as a valuable member of the trial team and as a trusted counselor to the client’s media team.
Co-Author, SCOTUS Ends Race Conscious Affirmative Action Admission Programs, Legal Bulletin, June 2023
How Long Can Anti-ESG, Pro-Business Forces Get Along?; Corporate Compliance Insights; May, 2023
Panelist, “Making Yourself Indispensable to the Trial Team”, 2023 ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice - Young Lawyers Division, Section Conference, May 2023
Mercer Law Review: Federal Trial Practice and Procedure, Eleventh Circuit Survey (2018 – 2019).
Complex Commercial Litigation
Labor & Employment
Financial Services Litigation
Class & Collective Actions
Boston College of Law