Michael S. Katz
Michael S. Katz was born and raised in Philadelphia. His undergraduate education was split between Drexel University and Temple University, and he received his legal education from what is now the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University. While he was enrolled in law school he worked part-time for the prestigious Beasley Firm, where he eventually worked his way up to associate.
At the Beasley Firm, Michael worked with and learned from some of the most talented attorneys in the area, including James J. McHugh, Jr. and Michael A. Smerconish. Michael is also one of only a handful of attorneys to have second-chaired a trial with the great Jim Beasley, Sr. himself.
As a plaintiffs’ attorney, Michael worked on cases involving medical malpractice, products liability, and more. Following Jim McHugh over to the Lopez McHugh firm was automatic, especially with Michael’s interest in standing up for plaintiffs against medical providers.
Michael has been a member of the bar since 1995. He is licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, both state and federal courts. The National Trial Lawyers selected Michael for inclusion into its Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania in 2021.
During his career Michael has tried cases in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Lehigh County, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He has also settled dozens of cases totaling millions of dollars, including his instrumental work in mediating a case against the University for Medicine and Dentistry of NJ for more than seven million dollars. In the past year alone, he earned multiple personal injury settlements for his clients, including six and seven figure settlements. He also writes and lectures on aspects of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and federal law.
When Michael is not spending his spare time with his wife Beth and his children —Nikita, Steven, and Ryan— he is a part-time writer and editor, including author of the comedy-western novel Shalom On the Range and the historical fiction-horror fantasy crossover novel Six-guns and Sorcerers, and often acts as a mentor to other budding writers.
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- State of New Jersey
- US District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- US District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
- US District Court, District of New Jersey
- United States Third Circuit
- Juris Doctorate, Beasley School of Law
- Bachelor of Arts, Temple University
- Practice Areas
- Medical Malpractice
- Products Liability
- Breach of Contract
- Securities Litigation
- Civil Rights