Michael T. Bigos, trial lawyer and partner at Berman & Simmons
Michael T. Bigos, trial lawyer and partner at Berman & Simmons
Michael T. Bigos, trial lawyer and partner at Berman & Simmons

Michael T. Bigos

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University of Southern Maine
Harvard University KSG State and Local Government Program
University of Maine School of Law

Attorney Mike Bigos handles complex personal injury cases, many with difficult liability, multiple defendants, and expert witnesses. He often collaborates with attorneys at other law firms on complex cases. And, when necessary, he refers clients to lawyers in Maine, New England, and around the country. He has been referred cases from judges, law professors, and opposing counsel from previous cases.

Since joining Berman & Simmons in 2003, Mike has worked on high-profile cases, including landlord code violations resulting in a paraplegic child in one case, and severe burns in another; crashworthiness claims against a vehicle manufacturer involving catastrophic injury; a wrongful death claim arising from a construction site fall with multiple defendants; and IVC (blood clot) filter medical device litigation.

He recently settled high-profile double wrongful death claims against a landlord in Biddeford, ME arising from a September 2014 fire. He also works on motorcycle crashes, as well as worksite and construction incidents. Several of his cases involve traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Mike achieves results through hard work, planning, focused execution, and cutting-edge trial skills, including the use of focus groups in select cases. With a background in high-level politics, Mike is a natural strategist who thrives under pressure. He travels across the country to participate in trial workshops and network with trial attorneys.

“The stakes for my clients are high,” Mike says. “Often they are going through the worst ordeal they’ve ever been through, and it’s hard for them to imagine getting back to a normal life. The more my client knows about their case, the better our chance to win. To be able to help someone at the time of their greatest need is extremely gratifying.”

Mike is actively involved with the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and American Association for Justice. He is a frequent speaker on legislative affairs and political advocacy for injury victims, insurance coverage, and safety policies. 

Memberships, Distinctions, and Community Service

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2005–present; Governor, 2014–present
    • AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, 2015–present
    • AAJ IVC Filter Litigation Group, 2016–present
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group, 2016–present
  • Treasurer, Maine Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA), 2006–present
  • Co-Chair, MTLA Legislative Committee, 2006–present
  • Maine State Bar Association, 2003–present
  • Volunteer, Lawyers in Libraries, 2013–present
  • Judicial Selection Panelist for Federal District and First Circuit Court of Appeals Judges, 2011 and 2013
  • Commissioner, Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, 2005–2006
  • Managing Editor, Maine Law Review, 2002–2003
  • Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Chellie Pingree, 1996–2000
  • Chair, Richmond Maine Planning Board, 2000–2003; Member, 1995–2003


  • Martindale-Hubbell ― Top Rated “AV Preeminent”
  • Super Lawyers ― “Rising Star”
  • AVVO ― Rated 10.0 out of 10                                                                                                                                                                      

Published Articles and Select Presentations

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Mike Bigos
Attorney Michael Bigos is interviewed about his case settlement involving an apartment-building fire and the double wrongful death claims against the landlord.
Mike Bigos
Attorney Michael Bigos is interviewed about his case involving a woman who was killed in a hit-and-run accident.
Admitted to Bars: 
  • Maine (2003)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine (2004)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (2012)

Clerkship / Academics

  • Law Clerk, Maine Supreme Court, Honorable Jon D. Levy, 2003–2004


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