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Michael Scott Morgenstern

also known as Michael S. Morgenstern

About me

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

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    36 years
  2. Car Accident: 30%
    36 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    36 years
  4. Brain Injury: 10%
    36 years



Contingent (20-40%)

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Contact info

Morgenstern Injury Lawyers (Main Office)

77 South Washington Street
Suite 204
Rockville, MD, 20850

5100 Buckeystown Pike
Suite 250
Frederick, MD, 21704

1250 Connecticut Ave., NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC, 20036



DCActive 198807/10/2016
NYCurrently registered 198803/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Maryland SuperLawyerSuperLawyers2015
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2015
Maryland Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Maryland SuperLawyers 2009, 2010, 2013SuperLawyers2013
DC SuperLawyers 2009, 2010, 2013Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2013
30 years AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Association for Justice2011
Best LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2011
Top Lawyer 2004, 2007, 2009Washingtonian Magazine2009
Multi-Million Dollar Advocate 2007 - presentMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2007
Million Dollar Advocate 1999 - presentMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateWeil Gotshal & Manges1981 - 1982
Federal clerkshipChief Judge James B. Parsons1978 - 1980
FellowshipU.S. Department of Justice, Torts Section1977 - 1978
FellowshipArmed Forces Institute of Pathology, Legal Medicine Division, Walter Reed Army Medical Center1977 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
District of Columbia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Maryland State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Ohio State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kumar v. Toyota$59.7 million verdict for plaintiff
Mary Best v. Metrobus$3.3 million settlement
Jane Doe v. Trash Truck Company$1.9 million settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Legal TimesDancing With The Cars: Do Pedestrians Really Have the Right of Way?2007
University of Cincinnati Law ReviewThe Role of the Federal Government in Protecting Its Citizens From Communicable DiseaseN/A
Lawyers Medical JournalGuillain-Barre Syndrome Following VaccinationN/A
Legal Medicine AnnualCurrent Concepts of Child Abuse and NeglectN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978