Michael B. Barkley
Mr. Barkley is an experienced trial lawyer concentrating his practice on the defense of hospitals, physicians, dentists, nurses, and other medical professionals in litigation and in matters before state licensing boards. Mr. Barkley has successfully defended clients in Courts throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has obtained favorable jury verdicts in litigation involving claims of medical malpractice, breach of confidentiality, negligent hiring and supervision, premises liability, and general negligence. Mr. Barkley's practice also includes defending individuals and corporate entities in claims involving product liability, commercial litigation, and breach of contract.
In addition to his active litigation practice, Mr. Barkley also serves as the Managing Partner of Adler | Cohen | Harvey | Wakeman | Guekguezian LLP.
Mr. Barkley is a frequent lecturer on behalf of hospitals, physician groups, and medical liability insurers on legal and risk management topics. Mr. Barkley also serves as counsel for a legal hotline available to members of a nationwide organization of health and fitness clubs.
In 2013, Mr. Barkley was selected, based on a vote of all licensed attorneys in Massachusetts and a review by an independent blue ribbon panel, as a "Super Lawyer," as published annually in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers. Previously, Mr. Barkley was selected as a "Rising Star" each year from 2009-2012.
Obtained a defense verdict in a Superior Court jury trial on behalf of a Boston teaching hospital in a wrongful death action involving the sudden death of a 43 year old patient during a surgical procedure.
Obtained a defense verdict in a Superior Court jury trial on behalf of a primary care medical practice facing claims of delay in diagnosis of cancer (Ewing’s sarcoma) in a 13 year old patient, allegedly causing his death at age 16.
Obtained a defense verdict in Superior Court on behalf of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in a case involving a cervical spine injury allegedly sustained by a patient during a third molar extraction procedure.
Obtained a defense verdict in Superior Court on behalf of a Boston teaching hospital in a case involving negligent hiring, training and supervision of a former employee who allegedly disclosed plaintiff’s confidential medical information to a third party.
Obtained a defense verdict in District Court on behalf of a Boston teaching hospital in a case involving general negligence, allegedly causing a patient to suffer severe burns while admitted to the hospital.
Obtained a defense verdict in Superior Court on behalf of a Boston teaching hospital in a premises liability action in which the plaintiff alleged he suffered a debilitating knee injury while lawfully on the defendant’s premises.
Areas of Practice
- Medical Malpractice Defense
- Civil Litigation Defense
- Product Liability Defense
- U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
- Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
- J.D. (cum laude) - 2003
- Honors: Paul J. Liacos Distinguished Scholar Award, 2002
- Honors: Edward F. Hennessey Scholar Award, 2003
- Honors: Stone Moot Court Competition Best Oralist, 2001
- Honors: Albers Honors Moot Court Competition, Finalist, 2002
- Honors: Albers Honors Moot Court Competition, Director, 2002-2003
- Tufts University
- B.A. - 2000
- Frequent Lecturer, Legal and Risk Management
Honors and Awards
- "Super Lawyer," as Published Annually in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers, 2013 - Present
- "Rising Star," as Published Annually in Boston Magazine, 2009 - 2012
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Massachusetts Bar Association, Member