Burr & Forman

Michelle L. McClafferty

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  • J.D., Boston College of Law (2012)
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Syracuse University (2009)




  • Alabama State Courts
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Alabama
  • Massachusetts State Courts
  • U.S. District Court – District of Massachusetts
  • State Courts of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

  • Represented product and system manufacturers, installers and distributors in personal injury, wrongful death and property damage matters in state and federal court proceedings.

  • Defended health care providers and institutions in malpractice and wrongful death claims.

  • Represented client in arbitration of personal injury and property damage claims.

  • Represented financial institutions in consumer disputes alleging violations of state and federal law.

  • Obtained fee award on behalf of client in defense of copyright claims.

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of security services company on negligence and wantonness claims.

  • Obtained dismissal of fraud claims based on forum selection clause, which was affirmed by Alabama Supreme Court.

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of healthcare provider, which was affirmed by the Alabama Supreme Court.

  • Defended class action lawsuits involving wage and hour disputes.

  • Represented clients in various industries in non-party discovery matters.

Partner | Atlanta, GA

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Product Liability Personal Injury Mass Torts / Hazardous Substances Insurance Litigation & Coverage Appellate

Michelle is a partner in Burr’s Atlanta Office, where she practices in the firm’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS).

As an experienced litigator, Michelle counsels corporate and individual clients regarding risk management and pre-suit strategy, in addition to providing representation at all phases of litigation in state and federal court, from commencement through appeal.  Additionally, Michelle represents clients in consumer and commercial arbitration proceedings.

Michelle’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, primarily in the areas of product and premises liability, insurance claims and coverage matters, and business disputes.  She regularly represents clients in high-stakes cases alleging catastrophic injury and substantial property loss.  Her representative product liability and personal/property injury experience includes matters involving medical devices, HVAC equipment, power tools and construction equipment, as well as toxic torts.  Additionally, Michelle has a background in employment litigation, representing clients in cases arising under state and federal employment statutes, as well as cases involving restrictive covenants and intellectual property disputes.  Her experience includes advocating on behalf of insurers, manufacturers and distributors, construction companies and national financial institutions, as well as local and small business owners.

Michelle is also a member Burr’s Appellate Practice Group and the Maritime and Transportation Emergency Response Team.  Additionally, she serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee and Recruiting Committee.