Attorney Mike Bigos handles complex personal injury cases, many with difficult liability, multiple defendants, and expert witnesses.He often collaborates with attorneys at other law firms on complex cases. And, when necessary, he refers clients to lawyers in Maine, New England, and around the country. He has been referred cases from judges, law professors, and opposing counsel from previous cases.
Since joining Berman & Simmons in 2003, Mike has worked on high-profile cases, including landlord code violations resulting in a paraplegic child in one case, and severe burns in another; crashworthiness claims against a vehicle manufacturer involving catastrophic injury; a wrongful death claim arising from a construction site fall with multiple defendants; and IVC (blood clot) filter medical device litigation.
He recently settled high-profile double wrongful death claims against a landlord in Biddeford, ME arising from a September 2014 fire. He also works on motorcycle crashes, as well as worksite and construction incidents. Several of his cases involve traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Mike achieves results through hard work, planning, focused execution, and cutting-edge trial skills, including the use of focus groups in select cases. With a background in high-level politics, Mike is a natural strategist who thrives under pressure. He travels across the country to participate in trial workshops and network with trial attorneys.
“The stakes for my clients are high,” Mike says. “Often they are going through the worst ordeal they’ve ever been through, and it’s hard for them to imagine getting back to a normal life. The more my client knows about their case, the better our chance to win. To be able to help someone at the time of their greatest need is extremely gratifying.”
Mike is actively involved with the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and American Association for Justice. He is a frequent speaker on legislative affairs and political advocacy for injury victims, insurance coverage, and safety policies.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|"AV Preeminent" - Highest Level of Professional Excellence||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Partner||Berman & Simmons, PA||2003 - Present|
|Law Clerk||Maine Supreme Court||2003 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Attorneys Information Exchange Group||Member||2016 - Present|
|AAJ IVC Filter Litigation Group||Member||2016 - Present|
|American Association for Justice, Birth Trauma Litigation Group||Member||2015 - Present|
|American Association for Justice (AAJ)||Governor||2014 - Present|
|Maine Lawyers in Maine Libraries||Volunteer||2013 - Present|
|Maine Trial Lawyers Association Legislative Committee||Co-Chair||2006 - Present|
|American Association for Justice (AAJ)||Member||2005 - Present|
|Maine State Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Governor||N/A|
|Senate Majority Leader Chellie Pingree||Former Chief of Staff||N/A|
|Maine Law Review||Former Managing Editor||N/A|
|Maine Trial Lawyers Association||Governor - Board of Governors||N/A|
|Federal District and First Circuit Court of Appeals Judges||Judicial Selection Panelist||2013 - 2013|
|Federal District and First Circuit Court of Appeals Judges||Juducial Selection Panalist||2011 - 2011|
|Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics & Election Practices||Commissioner||2005 - 2006|
|Maine Planning Board||Chair||2000 - 2003|
|Maine Planning Board||Member||1995 - 2003|
|Berman & Simmons In Review||Justice Achieved and Fire Safety Improved||2018|
|In Brief||Domestic Torts: Money for Spousal Abuse?||2014|
|In Brief||Berman & Simmons Helps Pass SMART Act: Greater Certainty in Medicare Repayments||2013|
|In Brief||Construction Site Accidents: Proving Liability with OSHA Standards||2012|
|In Brief||Minor Clients Need Major Attention||2010|
|In Brief||MaineCare Pitfalls - Personal Injury Attorneys Beware!||2009|
|Maine Bar Journal||The Reasonable Value of Medical Services, part II: MaineCare Equals Unreasonable Value||2007|
|Oxford University Press||“Security of Supply and Control of Terrorism” in the book “Energy Security”||2004|
|Maine Bar Journal||Maine Considers the Uniform Mediation Act||2003|
|Maine Law Review||Revisiting the Voluntariness of Confessions After State v. Sawye||2002|
|University of Southern Maine||N/A|
|Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government||N/A|
|University of Maine School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Maine Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting||Producing Advocacy: Working From Verdict Back to Intake||2016|
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