Michelle I. Schaffer






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


District of Columbia


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



Insurance Defense

Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

Transportation / Trucking


Business and Commercial Litigation

Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

Premises Liability

Products Liability Defense

Professional Liability

Toxic Torts / Mass Torts Defense


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 is the immediate past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates. In addition, she is a past President of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She has 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.  She currently is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Council. 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 to the 2020 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation – Defense. She 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 Litigation Counsel of America and of the American Bar Foundation.

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

Ford emerges victorious in 13 year dealership dispute

December 2018

Jim Campbell, Michelle Schaffer, Curtis Berglund and Hudson Rowland defended Ford Motor Company in a long running 13 year dispute with the Darling dealership in Maine. Ford met its burden of proof that it had good cause to end payments to the Darling’s dealership in connection with the Blue Oval dealer incentive program. The case…


Ryan v. Marriott Corporation

November 2017

The plaintiff, a 12-year-old girl, claimed $500,000 in medical expenses after allegedly eating an undercooked cheeseburger. The claim was that the burger was contaminated with various bacteria. While in hospital, the plaintiff almost died twice, allegedly as a result of the undercooked meat. This was an extremely difficult case that involved microbiology, food processing and…


Michael Eason v. Marriott International, Inc.

May 2014

James M. Campbell and Michelle I. Schaffer of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy obtained a summary judgment ruling in the United States District Court District of Massachusetts in a matter involving a negligence claim. The plaintiff, Michael Eason, reserved a room at the Boston Marriott Burlington Hotel and upon arrival to his room Mr. Eason…


Barack et al v. American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

May 2014

James M. Campbell and Michelle I. Schaffer of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, Boston Massachusetts represented Honda in the case. The name of the case is 3:09-cv-00565-TLM Barack et al v. American Honda Motor Co. Inc. The plaintiffs Ron and Donna Barack brought suit against Honda stemming from a single vehicle accident by Ron Barack…


Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Suit against Toyota in Connecticut

Ford Prevails at Summary Judgment as Court Throws Out New Expert Opinions Introduced in Deposition Errata

CC&O successfully defended Ford Motor Company in a longstanding 13-year dispute

Merck Secures Summary Judgement in NuvaRing Case

Meticulous Discovery and Physical Reconstruction of Accident Scene Exonerate Summer Camp

Da Silva v. Ford Motor Company