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Michael Bogdanow


About Michael Bogdanow

Michael Bogdanow is U.S. News & World Reports/Best Lawyers’ 2017 Boston Appellate Attorney of the Year (as he was in 2015 as well). He was also Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s 2015 “Lawyer of the Year.” 

Bogdanow follows two professional passions in life: law and art. He maintains a diverse practice at Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, and also creates paintings and sculptures in his Cambridge studio. While the two enterprises might seem contradictory – the rationality of law vs. the creativity of art – to Bogdanow, they occupy a common ground.

“Certainly art draws from the creative, nonverbal, aesthetic and spiritual part of the brain,” notes Bogdanow. “And law is more analytical, more verbal, more social and more direct. But there still is overlap. As an attorney I often find myself tapping into my skills as an artist. I try to view each case individually and to be as creative as possible in addressing the client’s needs.”

Bogdanow enjoys tackling many different types of cases, and has a particular expertise in appellate litigation. Over the years, he has become familiar with subjects ranging from medical devices and prescription drugs (such as the current Fosamax litigation) to amusement park rides and flammable fabrics. He also is a prodigious writer. In 1993, he authored a legal treatise, “Massachusetts Tort Damages,” that is widely used as a reference by personal injury practitioners and judges. In 1999 he wrote the second edition of the treatise, published by Lexis Law Publishing. He has also contributed to many other books, and has published numerous articles on tort and insurance law.



He has served as Chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments, which advises the Governor’s office on the appointment of judges, and as Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association Litigation Section and President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.



  • Brandeis University

    B.A., Studio Art
  • Columbia University

    Master of Fine Arts, Painting and Sculpture
  • Harvard Law School