Michelle I. Schaffer

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EDUCATION

1985, B.A., magna cum laude, Tufts University
1988, J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
1988-1989, Law Clerk, Superior Court of Massachusetts

BAR ADMISSIONS

Connecticut
District of Columbia
Maine
Massachusetts

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

INDUSTRIES

Automotive

Insurance Defense

Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

Transportation / Trucking

PRACTICE AREAS

Business and Commercial Litigation

Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

Premises Liability

Products Liability Defense

Professional Liability

Toxic Torts / Mass Torts Defense

MEMBERSHIPS & AWARDS

Michelle Schaffer represents clients in high stakes civil litigation matters.  Her diverse practice includes defending multinational corporations in complex products liability, toxic tort, pharmaceutical and premises liability cases as well as representing small businesses and individuals in general liability and commercial disputes.  Throughout the past 30 years, Michelle has defended automotive manufacturers and suppliers in product liability, warranty and consumer claims and she has served as regional and national counsel addressing certain types of pattern defect theory litigation.  Michelle has extensive trial experience and appears in the state and federal courts throughout New England.

Michelle enjoys leadership positions in the legal community. She currently holds the position of President of the Massachusetts Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates and as President of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association.  She is a Past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, served as a member of the Massachusetts Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and is a former Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Lawyers Professionalism and Ethics Committee.  For many years, Michelle served on the Editorial Board for the Massachusetts Law Review.  Michelle is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education conferences and has published extensively on topics relating to substantive areas of her practice, discovery techniques and trial practice in general.

Michelle was selected as a 2015 Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2008 and is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated.  In addition, she was honored with acknowledgement by America’s Top 100 Attorneys in Massachusetts.  Michelle is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in International Relations from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law.  She is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and in the District of Columbia, before the First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.

Representative Experience:

  • Federal Bar Association
    • Immediate Past President, Massachusetts Chapter, 2014-2015
    • President, Massachusetts Chapter, 2013-2014
    • President Elect, Massachusetts Chapter, 2012-2013
    • Vice-President, Massachusetts Chapter, 2011 – 2012
    • Secretary, Massachusetts Chapter, 2010 – 2011
    • Treasurer, Massachusetts Chapter, 2009 – 2010
    • Executive Board, Massachusetts Chapter, 2008 – 2009
    • Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Division, 1993 – 1994
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers’ Association
    • Immediate Past President 2018 – Present
    • President, 2017 – 2018
    • Vice President, 2016 – 2017
    • Secretary, 2015 – Present
    • Treasurer, 2014-2015
    • Executive Board, 2011-2014
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Member, State or Local Defense Organization (SLDO) Relationship Committee, 2006 – 2008
    • Chair, Lawyers Professionalism and Ethics Committee, 1999 – 2001
    • Nominating Committee, 1998
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Civil Litigation Section, 2015-present
    • Complex Commercial Litigation Section, 2014-2015
    • Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments, 2012 – 2013
    • Nominating Committee, 2012, 2013, 2018
    • Associate Editor, Massachusetts Law Review, 1991-1998
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”)
    • President, Massachusetts Chapter, 2018 – Present
    • Vice President, Massachusetts Chapter, 2017-2018
    • Secretary, Massachusetts Chapter, 2016-2017
    • Treasurer, Massachusetts Chapter, 2015-2016
  • American Bar Association
    •  Tort and Insurance Practice Committee
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
  • Boston Bar Association
  • National Foundation for Judicial Excellence
    • Member, State Liaison Committee, 2005-2008

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Super Lawyer, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Voted a Top Woman in Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2015

Michelle Schaffer moderated MassDLA panel on “Diversity in the Practice of Law: Moving it Forward”

September 2018

Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy proudly announces that Michelle Schaffer planned and moderated a diversity in the law seminar that was presented by the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association (MassDLA) along with several other bar associations on September 11, 2018.  The law firm and in-house counsel panels promoted an open dialogue on the state of diversity…

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Board of Director and MassDLA Immediate Past President Michelle I. Schaffer to moderate upcoming Diversity panel

August 2018

Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, P.C. is proud to have Board of Director and MassDLA Immediate Past President Michelle I. Schaffer moderate an upcoming MassDLA panel on “Diversity in the Practice of Law: Moving it Forward.”  This event will be held on September 11, 2018 from 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m. at the Moakley Courthouse in Boston.  Co-sponsors include:…

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Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, P.C. was proud to sponsor Dress for Success Leave Your Bag At The Door

June 2018

Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, P.C. was proud to sponsor the June 7, 2018 MassDLA, DRI Women in the Law & The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel “Dress for Success Leave Your Bag At The Door” event. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing…

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Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy sponsors the 2018 Federal Bar Association Annual Federal Judicial Reception

March 2018

Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, P.C. is proud to support this year’s Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s (FBA) annual Federal Judicial Reception. The FBA annual Federal Judicial Reception takes place at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Wharf Room located at 70 Rowes Wharf in Boston, MA on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM. …

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Michelle I. Schaffer elected as the first Female President of the Massachsuetts Chapter of ABOTA

March 2018

Michelle I. Schaffer, a Member of the firm, has been elected President of the American Board of Trial Advocates’ (ABOTA) Massachusetts Chapter. Michelle is the first female to hold this office. In addition to serving as President of ABOTA’s Massachusetts Chapter, Michelle also serves as President of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyer Association Michelle represents clients…

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