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Michael J. Leard

Associate / Boston

Overview

Michael J. Leard is an associate in Nutter’s Litigation Department. He represents Fortune 500 companies in the areas of commercial litigation, product liability, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, toxic tort, and regulatory compliance.

Mike has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including automotive, construction, consumer products, heavy equipment, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications. He regularly practices in Massachusetts state and federal courts, and has substantial experience in multi-district litigation. Mike is experienced in all aspects of trial preparation, including written discovery, depositions of fact and expert witnesses, as well as dispositive motion practice, pre-trial briefing, and settlement negotiations.

Mike also counsels clients in the areas of environmental and occupational safety and health issues. In this role, he often works with in-house counsel and corporate safety professionals to coordinate disaster response and recovery efforts.

Mike also has an active pro bono practice. He represents juveniles who fled persecution and abuse in their native country before the Boston Immigration Court and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Asylum Office. In addition, Mike represents the widow of a veteran seeking Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (death benefits) before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He also participates in the firm’s Civil Appeals Clinic, through which he assists low-income litigants assess whether to seek appellate review. In light of his commitment to pro bono legal service, Mike has been honored with Nutter’s Pro Bono Publico Award.

Notable Experience and Client Impact

  • Obtained swift pre-suit resolution of licensor’s breach of no-contact and non-solicitation provisions of software licensing agreement, ultimately resulting in licensor’s issuance of “apology letter” to client.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a pharmaceutical manufacturer successfully rebutting the plaintiff’s novel theory of cross-jurisdictional class action tolling.
  • Obtained dismissal of a defendant’s counterclaim for violation of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, M.G.L. c. 93A, in favor of a telecommunications service provider on grounds that the defendant’s c. 93A claims were rooted in contract and, therefore, the choice of law provision of contract at issue applying foreign law prevailed.
  • Successfully resolved multi-million dollar products liability matter in favor of an industrial talc supplier wherein the plaintiff failed to oppose motion for summary judgment based, in part, on Massachusetts’ rejection of the market share theory of liability.
  • Successfully negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of a commercial paint manufacturer on the eve of summary judgment hearing.

Mike served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine for several years, where he taught a course on occupational safety and health regulations. He has spoken on numerous panels sponsored by the Trial Attorneys of America, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and Perrin Conferences. He has also authored pieces for various trade journals. Mike was recently elected to his sixth term as a member of the board of directors for the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Prior to joining Nutter, Mike was a Senior Associate at a regional litigation firm headquartered in Boston.

During law school, Mike served as Senior Managing Editor of The Sports Lawyers Journal and was a member of the Entertainment Law Legal Assistance Project, through which he provided pro bono legal aid to aspiring New Orleans musicians.

Experience

Experience

  • Veterans Board of Appeals

    Secured Veterans Board of Appeals remand for veteran’s widow in the appeal of her claim for death benefits for the veteran’s suicide.

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Honors

Honors

Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2015 - 2018

Pro Bono Publico Award, 2018

Community

Community

Mike served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine for several years, where he taught a course on occupational safety and health and regulations.

Education & Admissions

Education

  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A.

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Before Nutter

During law school, Mike served as Senior Managing Editor of The Sports Lawyers Journal and was a member of the Entertainment Law Legal Assistance Project and the Sports Law Society.

Noteworthy

Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2015 - 2018

Pro Bono Publico Award, 2018

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