Meet Attorney Michael Bigos
Attorney Michael Bigos and his legal team represent clients in Maine and throughout New England in complex personal injury cases. Known for his focused execution and disciplined approach to trial preparation, Mike has achieved substantial results for his clients.
Mike often specializes in high-profile, high-stakes litigation, including industrial and worksite accidents, burn injuries, brain injury, wrongful death, products liability and auto crashworthiness cases. Current cases include a catastrophic gas explosion burn case, a truck-pedestrian strike resulting in paraplegia, a burn case from an exploding cooking spray can, IVC Filter and unsafe medical device cases, and a Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) injury. He recently obtained a large trial verdict in a brain injury case arising from a drunk driver vehicle crash.
Sexual abuse and assault claims have dramatically increased in Mike’s practice and he has obtained large victories in several cases against prominent institutional defendants. He is currently litigating cases against the Boy Scouts of America, Salvation Army, Seventh-Day Adventists, a massage therapy business, and several individuals.
Mike earns outstanding results through hard work, thorough planning, careful expert preparation, 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, educate legal professionals, and network with trial attorneys.
“The stakes for my clients are high,” Mike says. “Often it’s hard for them to imagine getting back to normal. To be able to help someone at the time of their greatest need is extremely gratifying.”
An Eagle Scout and former legislative Chief of Staff, Mike has always been a leader. He is a Past President of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and has served as a Board Governor and Delegate to the American Association for Justice. He is AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, and as a Super Lawyer. Mike does volunteer work to protect the rights of victims in state capitals and Washington, D.C., and he is a frequent speaker on trial advocacy, insurance coverage, and safety policies.
Memberships & Distinctions
- 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
- Maine Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA)
- President, 2018–2019
- Board Governor, 2006–present
- Co-Chair, MTLA Legislative Committee, 2006–present
- Maine State Bar Association, 2003–present
- Lawyers in Libraries, Volunteer, 2013–present
- Judicial Selection Committee for Federal District and First Circuit Court of Appeals Judges, 2011 and 2013
- Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, Commissioner, 2005–2006
- Maine Law Review, Managing Editor, 2002–2003
- Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Chellie Pingree, 1996–2000
- Richmond, Maine Planning Board, Chair, 2000–2003; Member, 1995–2003
- Sex Abuse Claims and Insurance Coverage presentation, American Association of Justice Annual Convention, July, 2019
- What Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Means for the Sexual Abuse Victims of the Boy Scouts of America, Winter, 2020
- Holding Sexual Abusers Accountable, Getting Justice, Validation, and Healing, Summer, 2019
- Justice Achieved and Fire Safety Improved, In Brief (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Spring, 2018
- Jury Presentations: Planning to Win, University of Maine School of Law, February 2017
- Producing Advocacy: Working from Verdict Back to Intake, Maine Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, March 2016
- Domestic Torts: Money for Spousal Abuse?, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Summer 2014
- Berman & Simmons Helps Pass SMART Act: Greater Certainty in Medicare Repayments, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Spring 2013
- Construction Site Accidents: Proving Liability with OSHA Standards, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Spring 2012
- Michael T. Bigos, M.R. Civ. P. 17A: Give Minor Clients Major Attention, 25 Me. Bar J. 164 (2010)
- MaineCare Pitfalls – Personal Injury Attorneys Beware!, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Summer 2009
- Michael T. Bigos, The Reasonable Value of Medical Services, part II: MaineCare Equals Unreasonable Value, 23 Me Bar J. 140 (2007)
- Co-Author of the Chapter Security of Supply and Control of Terrorism in the book “Energy Security,” Oxford University Press, 2004
- Michael T. Bigos, Maine Considers the Uniform Mediation Act, 18 Me. Bar J. 222 (2003)
- Revisiting the Voluntariness of Confessions After State v. Sawyer, 54 Me. Lawyers Rev. 412, (2002)