Michael S. Morgenstern's dedication to representing the rights of average citizens hurt by big companies stems from his own small town upbringing. His father, Carl, a Harvard Law School graduate, disliked 'big corporate law,’ opting instead for the 'common touch' by practicing general law in the small town of Hamilton, Ohio. As a boy, Morgenstern worked in his father's law practice after school learning the skills that would later lay the moral and business structure foundation he would need for his successful law practice today.
Graduating from American University Law in 1978, Morgenstern began his legal career clerking for Judge James B. Parsons who was the Chief Judge of the United States Federal District Court in Chicago and also the first African-American federal judge in the history of the United States. After completing the clerkship, Morgenstern joined the 9th largest law firm in the country, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, in its New York City office. Not satisfied working on cases with "nameless faces,” Morgenstern left corporate law to become an instructor at Brooklyn Law School. While at Brooklyn Law, he wrote several treatises and law review articles focusing on the rights of victims and consumers. During this process of research and writing, Morgenstern realized that he missed practicing law; only this time, like his father, he was drawn to helping people with real issues.
In 1988, Morgenstern moved to the Washington, DC area to establish his own practice dedicated solely to representing the injured. Today, with offices in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, Morgenstern Injury Lawyers consists of attorneys who follow Michael's approach to meticulous attentive client service.
“We accept a smaller number of cases per year than most other personal injury law firms so that all of our clients get the attention I would expect if I had been injured. My job is not simply the practice of law,” says Morgenstern. "My job is to help put my clients and their families' lives back together after something bad has happened. My clients have already been injured once; my responsibility is to take steps to insure no further harm is done.”
Morgenstern's impressive record of verdicts and settlements proves that his approach works. Among these was a landmark $59.7 million verdict against Toyota Motor Corporation and a $3.35 million settlement with Metrobus.
The combination of solid legal know-how and the moral commitment to help all citizens has earned Michael S. Morgenstern an "A-V Preeminant" rating for 30 years - the highest rating for both legal ability and ethical standards - from Martindale-Hubbell. He is also repeatedly named a "Top Lawyer" by Washingtonian Magazine and elected to Maryland and DC SuperLawyers.
Languages Spoken: English, Japanese
Licensed since 1988
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Maryland Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Maryland SuperLawyers 2009, 2010, 2013||SuperLawyers||2013|
|DC SuperLawyers 2009, 2010, 2013||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Best Lawyer||Washingtonian Magazine||2013|
|30 years AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||American Association for Justice||2011|
|Best Lawyer||Washingtonian Magazine||2011|
|Top Lawyer 2004, 2007, 2009||Washingtonian Magazine||2009|
|Multi-Million Dollar Advocate 2007 - present||Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2007|
|Million Dollar Advocate 1999 - present||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||1999|
|Associate||Weil Gotshal & Manges||1981 - 1982|
|Federal clerkship||Chief Judge James B. Parsons||1978 - 1980|
|Fellowship||U.S. Department of Justice, Torts Section||1977 - 1978|
|Fellowship||Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Legal Medicine Division, Walter Reed Army Medical Center||1977 - 1978|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|District of Columbia Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|Legal Times||Dancing With The Cars: Do Pedestrians Really Have the Right of Way?||2007|
|University of Cincinnati Law Review||The Role of the Federal Government in Protecting Its Citizens From Communicable Disease||N/A|
|Lawyers Medical Journal||Guillain-Barre Syndrome Following Vaccination||N/A|
|Legal Medicine Annual||Current Concepts of Child Abuse and Neglect||N/A|
|American University, Washington College of Law||Law Review||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|