Michael C. Najjar

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Location:
Lowell, Massachusetts
Phone:
978-905-8699
888-494-7789
Fax:
978-453-4468
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Michael C. Najjar has been handling litigation for over 30 years in multiple legal fields including negligence cases, worker’s compensation cases, divorce, criminal defense, zoning disputes, social security, insurance coverage issues and contract claims. His expertise in auto insurance and motor vehicle accident related matters has been recognized by the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) for which he serves as Chairperson of the Auto Section. He has lectured and written on these topics several times for MCLE (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education) and has testified frequently before the Commonwealth’s House of Representatives and Senate committees, the Division of Insurance, and the Attorney General’s office on motor vehicle insurance legislative and regulatory issues.

Mr. Najjar’s experience includes trials in District and Superior Courts, appellate arguments at the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court and hearings before administrative bodies. His cases have ranged from death and severe injuries cause by construction accidents and medical mistakes to negligence claims with more common less severe injuries, from small home improvement contract disputes to business controversies involving hundreds of thousands of dollars, from drunk driving cases to sexual assault and battery. He brings a practicality, imaginativeness, and incisiveness to his cases which help to curtail excessive litigation and reach effective resolutions whenever possible. He uses that same skill as one of the team of conciliators who volunteer their time to help settle cases for the Superior Court in Lowell. His trial expertise is evidenced in successful “snow and ice” injury verdicts, which are rare, as well as verdicts for people who at first glance appeared to have caused their own injuries.

Reflective of the respect he holds among his colleagues, at the request of the Lowell District Court and the Greater Lowell Bar Association, Mr. Najjar constructed and continues to coordinate a conciliation program that took effect in the Lowell District Court in April 2012.

His facility with legal concepts, particularly involving insurance law and the preservation of remedies for injured people, has been recognized by the state's trial lawyers' organization which has designated him to write "friend of the court" briefs on cases with broad based legal ramifications.  Additionally, he extensively has drafted legislation to regulate harmful insurance practices and has presented the opposition to legislative proposals sponsored by insurance companies to cut benefits.  In the last few years, the positions advocated by Mr. Najjar in amicus briefs have preserved remedies for injured individuals when adopted by the Supreme Judicial Court in Golchin v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.  and Law v. Griffith.  The latter decision affects every personal injury lawsuit in Massachusetts, and warded off an attempt by insurers to restrict the amount of medical bills that can be presented to a jury.  The former case held insurers' feet to the fire when after 30 years they decided to change the meaning of settled insurance contractual language, in order cut medical reimbursements after policyholders already had paid premiums established using higher projected payments.  Very recently he again penned the amicus brief on the winning side in Sarkisian v. Concept Restaurants, Inc.  The Court in Sarkisian loosened certain restrictions on the ability of people injured due to hazards on business properties to prove that the property owner had notice of the danger.

Mr. Najjar is a graduate of Cornell University and Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, a member and former officer of the Greater Lowell Bar Association, and a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys where he served on the Board of Governors for many years. Three times he has been specially recognized by the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys for his dedicated efforts and expertise in improving legal representation and protecting individual rights.

Happier working on a car than on a computer, Mike Najjar prefers that clients and prospective clients use an old fashioned telephone to call him rather than e-mail him, and of course, there is no charge for an initial consult. But, not to be too rooted in the past, e-mails are accepted.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Insurance Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1979

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1979
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • B.A. - 1976

Honors and Awards

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Greater Lowell Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Board of Governors