Shepard Law is an experienced Boston law firm with extensive litigation expertise in asbestos and mesothelioma, drug and medical device, products liability, and serious injury. Below is a small sample of some of the case results that we have achieved on behalf of our clients. Case results listed below are only for reference purposes; because every case has its own unique circumstances that may ultimately affect the outcome, previous results are not a guarantee of future results. Please contact us if you believe you may have a potential case would like to discuss your specific situation.
In 2016, Shepard Law successfully litigation the case of a carpenter who was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 64. He not only had asbestos exposures at work, but also during several home renovation projects that included heavy use of asbestos-containing joint compound to finish walls. His legal team at Shepard Law finalized a significant seven-figure settlement for his wife and family on the first day of trial.
In 2016, Shepard Law litigated several mesothelioma and lung cancer cases involving plaintiffs who worked with and around asbestos-containing products during their careers. In one such case, a former shipyard worker was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 69. He also had significant asbestos exposure through several home renovation projects and driveway automotive brake repair. In another case, a 68-year-old man was diagnosed with mesothelioma after having worked in a manufacturing facility that used asbestos products. He also had significant asbestos exposure from home automotive brake and clutch repair. All told, through diligence and hard work, the team at Shepard Law recovered multiple millions of dollars for their clients in 2016.
In 2015, Shepard Law successfully litigated the case of a 48-year-old man who had worked as a vehicle mechanic for a municipal highway department and water department in Massachusetts. The plaintiff developed mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos from brakes, clutches, and gaskets used in automobiles, pickup trucks, and heavy trucks and equipment. The case involved a number of defendants who vigorously opposed the lawsuit, resulting in extensive discovery and nearly twenty expert witness depositions. The case was set for trial in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Massachusetts. It resolved on the third day in Court for a significant seven-figure settlement.
In 2015, Shepard Law successfully litigated the case of a former merchant marine and power house engineer who died from mesothelioma. The deceased plaintiff had attended a local merchant marine academy, and served as an engineer on board a number of merchant ships. After his merchant marine service, he became a power house engineer and boiler inspector. His work in the merchant marine and in power houses and boiler rooms exposed him to significant amounts of asbestos from boilers, turbines, pumps, valves and related equipment. Shepard Law obtained a significant seven-figure sum for his spouse, which helped ease her concerns about paying for the house and living expenses in the future.
In 2015, Michael Shepard and the team at Shepard Law successfully litigated several mesothelioma cases. In one, a former employee of Boston Edison developed mesothelioma from his exposure to asbestos at several power plants in Massachusetts. In another, an employee of a rubber manufacturing facility developed mesothelioma from his exposure to asbestos-contaminated talc used in the rubber making process. A third case involved a man in his early 60's who developed mesothelioma from his work with asbestos-containing joint compound, as well as his work assembling industrial ovens that used asbestos-containing marinite board. All told, Shepard Law's litigation efforts on behalf of asbestos victims in 2015 resulted in settlements worth multiple millions of dollars for its clients.
In 2014, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated two cases of aircraft mechanics who developed mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos while working on a number of aircraft at major United States Air Force bases. The federal court cases involved numerous manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft component parts. They involved complex issues of law, including successor liability, state of the art and government contractor defenses. Depositions took place in multiple states around the country. The cases settled for a significant seven-figure sum.
In 2014, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated the case of a forklift operator who worked in a number of paper mills in Western Massachusetts. The plaintiff suffered from mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos at the paper mills. He was also exposure to asbestos through contact with his father's clothing, which was contaminated with asbestos from his own work in a paper mill. The case involved a number of very complicated legal issues regarding premises liability, state of the art, and concert of action. After an arduous discovery battle, the case was resolved on the first day of trial for a significant seven-figure settlement.
In 2013 and 2014, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated the case of a woman who died of mesothelioma. Her mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos from laundering the clothing of her husband, who worked at a facility that coated and cut asbestos paper for use in making gaskets. The case involved two separate suits, due to the late discovery of documents that identified additional suppliers of asbestos paper. The case was vigorously defended, and involved extensive motion practice and numerous depositions. After all the factual and legal hurdles were cleared, the case settled for a significant seven-figure sum.
In 2013, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated the case of a man who died of mesothelioma after having been exposed to asbestos while working as an aircraft mechanic. The complex case involved suits in both state and federal court, in which numerous domestic and international aviation companies were named defendants. After extensive discovery and motion practice, the case settled for a significant seven-figure sum.
In December of 2011, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated the case of pipefitter/welder who worked in a number of paper mills in Western Massachusetts. He developed mesothelioma, a terminal cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The suit involved the paper mills themselves, as well as the manufacturers of asbestos products that were used in those mills. The case involved a number of very complicated legal issues regarding premises liability, state of the art, and concert of action. After an arduous discovery battle, the case was resolved on the eve of trial for a significant seven-figure settlement.
In May of 2011, Attorney Shepard and his firm represented two clients with mesothelioma in litigation against the manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft component parts. One client had been a career United States Air Force mechanic, and the other a Navy mechanic. Both cases were vigorously defended by the aircraft companies, and involved a tremendous amount of discovery and preparation. Both cases settled on the first day of trial for significant seven figure settlements.
In May of 2010, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated the mesothelioma case of a client who worked in a paper mill for his entire career. The case involved building a novel theory of liability against a defendant that was vigorously contesting liability. Attorney Shepard and his team were able to gather and present evidence that resulted in a significant seven figure settlement for the client, including the largest settlement ever paid by a single asbestos defendant in Massachusetts.
In June of 2009, Attorney Shepard and his firm successfully litigated a mesothelioma case on behalf of a client who spent his career working in power plants and boiler rooms as an engineer. The case resulted in a significant seven-figure settlement for the client.
In May of 2008, Attorney Shepard successfully litigated an asbestos case against the manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft component parts on behalf of a former Navy aircraft mechanic who developed mesothelioma, resulting in a significant seven figure settlement after the start of the trial.
In 2007, Attorney Michael Shepard obtained the 6th highest jury verdict in Massachusetts in 2007, $6.4 million, in a case involving an ambulance roll-over. The plaintiff was involved in a multi-car accident on a major highway outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and had only suffered minor cuts and scrapes. She was being transported from the scene of the accident to a local hospital as a precaution. She was strapped into the bench seat of the ambulance, as another accident victim was on the stretcher and being transported in the same ambulance. The ambulance collided with a disabled car on the highway, rolling over onto its passenger side and sliding across the roadway. The collision and roll-over caused significant injuries to both plaintiffs. Shepard Law and their co-counsel alleged that the ambulance driver was distracted and not paying attention to the traffic on the highway. The ambulance company defended the case by alleging that the plaintiffs’ injuries were caused by the initial multi-car accident and that the ambulance driver was boxed in by traffic and did not have time to stop or take evasive action. After a week-long trial that included testimony from several eyewitnesses and expert witnesses, the jury returned a verdict in favor of both plaintiffs for $3.2 million each. With pre-judgment interest added, the verdict totaled over $8 million.