A civil litigator, Michael Drahos focuses his practice on the defense of products liability and related litigation, such as catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. He represents leading manufacturers, distributors and retailers in actions by individual plaintiffs, class actions and complex aggregate liability matters. Michael's experience includes the defense of products from diverse industries, ranging from maritime and automotive component parts, to herbal supplements and sports and recreation equipment.
In addition, Michael brings valuable insight to the defense of litigation related to medical devices from his experience handling medical negligence claims on behalf of health care providers. Michael’s general and casualty liability experience also includes trucking and mass transportation defense.
Michael specializes in providing medical malpractice and commercial litigation support to the passenger vessel and cruise industry. He regularly represents shipboard physicians and nurses located throughout every region of the globe spanning from Canada to Australia and has been instrumental in shaping and developing jurisdictional defenses associated with defending foreign doctors and nurses in the United States. Michael frequently lectures on numerous topics relating to maritime, medical malpractice litigation at various cruise line industry seminars and conventions.
Michael is a graduate of the prestigious International Association of Defense Counsel's Trial Academy hosted by Stanford Law School. In 2013, he was invited to join the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. FDCC membership is selective and by invitation to those who have been judged by their peers to have achieved professional distinction.
Active in the Wellington community, Michael was recently elected to serve a four year term on the Village Council after previously serving six years on the Wellington Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board. He is the founder of the Young Professionals of Wellington, a community advocacy group dedicated to increasing community awareness and promoting the social and economic interests of the town.
Representative Legal Matters
- Rinker v. Carnival Corporation, et al., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1908 (S.D. Fla. 2012). Granting motion in limine to exclude evidence, testimony and comments at trial regarding future medical expenses.
- Rinker v. Carnival Corporation, et al., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81354 (S.D. Fla 2011). Granting motion to dismiss shipboard nurse for lack of personal jurisdiction.
- St. Cyr v. Flying J Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37962 (M.D. Fla. 2008). Privileged communications between Plaintiff's counsel and expert waived.
- Lerer v. Ferno-Washington, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84347 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 14, 2007). Denying Plaintiff's request to videotape compulsory medical examination.
- Barnett v. Carnival Corp., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37481 (S.D. Fla. June 15, 2007). Granting motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.
- Laux v. Carnival Corp., 470 F.Supp.2d 1379 (S.D. Fla. 2007). Granting request for evidentiary hearing to resolve factual issues pertaining to personal jurisdiction challenge.
- St. Cyr v. Flying J Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52239 (M.D. Fla. July 31, 2006). Granting motion to dismiss strict liability and negligence per se claims.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- The Florida Bar
- City of Wellington Council Seat 1, 2016 - 2020
- Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 2013 - present
- ALFA International Product Liability Steering Committee, 2010 - present
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Product Liability Committee
- Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Steering Committee, 2009 - 2012
- Risk and Insurance Management Society
- Florida Defense Lawyers Association
- Palm Beach County Bar Association, Professionalism Committee, 2010, Judicial Relations Committee, 2010
- Wellington, Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board, 2010 - present
- Wellington Education Committee, 2008 - 2010
- Young Professionals of Wellington
- Co-Author, "Danger Ahead: The Changing Face of Failure to Warn Claims," Trial Advocate Quarterly, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Winter 2014
- Author, Compendium of Product Liability Law Issues (Florida Section),ALFA International Product Liability Practice Group, 2011
- Co-Author, “Applying Punitive Damages under Federal Common Law," Punitive Damages: A 50 State Compendium, Defense Research Institute, 2009
- Author, “The Adequacy of Product Warnings Written Only in English,” Strictly Speaking, Defense Research Institute, November 2009
- Co-Author, Compendium of Product Liability Law Issues (Florida Section), ALFA International Product Liability Practice Group, 2009
- Co-Author, "The Viability of the Critical Self Analysis Privilege,” Product Liability Perspectives, ALFA International, Fall 2008
- Author, “Florida Compendium on Product Liability Failure to Warn Issues,” Product Liability Cases and the Duty to Warn: A 50 State Compendium, Defense Research Institute, 2007