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 litigating for over 30 years in multiple legal fields including personal injury, worker's compensation, divorce, criminal defense, zoning, social security, insurance coverage issues, and contract claims. His expertise in auto insurance and motor vehicle accidents has been recognized by the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) for which he served as Chairperson of the Auto Section for many years. He has lectured and written on these topics several times for MCLE (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education) and has testified frequently before the legislature, Division of Insurance, and 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, such as construction accidents and medical mistakes, to negligence claims with modest 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 minimize excessive litigation and reach effective resolutions whenever possible. His trial expertise is evidenced by successful "snow and ice" injury verdicts, as well as verdicts for people who initially appeared to have caused their own injuries.

He has been asked to write several Amicus Curiae ("Friend of the Court") briefs for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys on monumental cases. Additionally, he has drafted legislation to stop harmful insurance practices and has opposed legislation sponsored by insurance companies to cut benefits. In the last few years, Mr. Najjar has been involved in briefs that have preserved remedies for injured individuals. Golchin v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. held insurers' feet to the fire when they changed the meaning of language to cut medical benefits, even though customers already had already paid their premiums. The Supreme Judicial Court agreed with Mr. Najjar in Law v. Griffith and did not restrict Plaintiffs from presenting medical bills to the jury. In Sarkisian v. Concept Restaurants, Inc., the Court accepted his argument that allows people injured by hazards on business properties to prove the owner knew of the danger. Finally, in DiCarlo v. Suffolk Const. Co., Mr. Najjar's reasoning was applied by the Supreme Judicial Court to keep money in the pocket of injured workers.

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 in Lowell District Court. He also has served as a conciliator in the Superior Court for over twenty years. His ability to bring people together was proven when he was able to bring together the insurance industry and the MATA on recent legislation.

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.

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