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Michael DeMarco

Partner
+1.617.951.9111
Fax +1.617.261.3175

Mr. DeMarco is a partner whose practice concentration is civil litigation and white collar crime.  He is a trial lawyer and has tried many cases in civil and criminal courts.  Mr. DeMarco's clients include pharmaceutical manufacturers in cases that are as diverse as product liability claims and the pharmaceutical industry drug pricing litigation (AWP MDL-1456). He also represents medical device manufacturers in product liability litigation and public companies in securities class actions. Mr. DeMarco has also represented a petroleum company involved in mass tort litigation.

Recently, Mr. DeMarco acted as lead international coordinating counsel for the Republic of Ecuador and their Central Bank in a British Commonwealth Court (Banco Central del Ecuador, et al. v. Ansbacher, et al., CL 648/96). He also tried to a successful verdict a commercial case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Empire Today, LLC v. National Floors Direct, Inc.; et al., No. 1:08-CV-11999-JLT), as well as, a commercial dispute concerning the planning and development of the Armenian Genocide Museum in Washington, DC (The Armenian Assembly of America, Inc., et al. v. Gerard L. Cafesjian, et al., No. 07-1259, 08-255, 08-1254).

Mr. DeMarco is currently advising The Kingdom of Spain concerning the ongoing litigation arising out of the Prestige oil spill off the coast of Spain, resulting in over 4 billion dollars in clean-up costs.

To view a Spanish version of Mr. DeMarco's biography, please click here.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. DeMarco served as an Assistant Register of Deeds, Assistant Recorder (Land Court) Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County, Boston, Massachusetts, where he prosecuted major crimes. He was appointed Special Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Boston and was specifically assigned to represent the Mayor of the City of Boston and the Boston Police Commissioner on special assignments including the Boston school desegregation case (Morgan v. Hennigan, et. al.) and police corruption. Mr. DeMarco has been a long-time supporter of the National Judicial College and is currently a Trustee of the College. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in “2014The Best Lawyers in America” in the practice areas of: Commercial Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense and Defendants Personal Injury Litigation. Mr. DeMarco has been included in “Best Lawyers in America”for over ten consecutive years. He has also been listed in and Law Dragon Magazine’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America” and “500 Leading Litigators in America.” Mr. DeMarco’s peer rating in the Martindale-Hubbell directory is AV® Preeminent (Very High General Ethical Standards and Legal Ability Rating). He has also been recognized by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.”

Achievements

  • Listed as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2011

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Barcelona Global Foundation (Member)
  • International Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section)
  • American Bar Association (Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements, 2005 – 2008)
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Boston Bar Association (Litigation Section)
  • Boston Bar Foundation (Society of Fellows)
  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers (member, Hearing Committee, 1992-1998)
  • Honorable Frank J. Murray Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Boston, Massachusetts (Executive Committee 1990 -1992)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Fellow, State Chair, Secretary Treasurer (2006-2008), Director)
  • International Society of Barristers (Fellow)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • The Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Suffolk University Law School (Adjunct Faculty, 1999-2003)
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy (Board of Directors, 1995 - 2000)
  • National Judicial College, Board of Visitors (Chair, 2005 - 2008)
  • National Judicial College (Board of Trustees)
  • American Law Institute
  • Member of the AAA National Roster of Neutrals
  • The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • New England Baptist Hospital (Board of Visitors)

Additional Information

Mr. DeMarco has written and lectured on various topics of interest on trial practice. Articles he has authored include:
  • “Event Sponsorship Liability,” Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Spring 1989
  • “Federal Preemption and State Failure to Warn Claims,” Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Fall 1990
  • “The Admissibility at Trial of the Settlement of a Joint Tortfeasor,” Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Spring 1991
  • “The Role of Defense Counsel in the Tripartite Relationship,” Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Summer 1992
  • “The Collateral Effects of a Corporate Guilty Finding,” presented at the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Drug & Medical Device seminar in Toronto, Canada in 1994.
  • The Tripartite Relationship: A Guidebook for Defense Lawyers, 1995.
  • “The Role of the Company Witness,” 1999
  • “Representing a Client with Insurance” (Michael DeMarco and Thomas Lammert), Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel (Vol. 2), published by the West Group, 2000-present