September 20, 2021

Volume XI, Number 263

Michael J. Daly

Mike Daly focuses his practice on representing clients involved in litigation over business, insurance and maritime disputes.  He has tried, arbitrated, and otherwise litigated cases involving breach of contract, insurance coverage and bad faith allegations, personal injuries, liability under the Jones Act and General Maritime Law, vessel arrests and maritime attachments.  Mike’s recent accomplishments include:

  • Obtaining summary judgment for insurance broker sued for alleged malpractice.  (March 2018)
  • Winning a Rhode Island federal court jury verdict for a pro bono client in police brutality case (April 2017).
  • Prevailing on appeal to Massachusetts Appeals Court (April 2017), reversing trial court opinion and establishing new precedent that paved the way for food processor client to obtain summary judgment on remand (February 2018) and recover all damages sought.
  • Obtaining summary judgment for annuity company that was defrauded out of millions of dollars through a “stranger-initiated annuity transaction” scheme (February 2017).  
  • Recovering an arbitration award for a health insurer to recoup substantial overpayment of funds paid to health care provider based on false claim submissions (January 2017).
  • Obtaining voluntary dismissal of Jones Act claims asserted against tug boat company after exposing multiple fraudulent statements made by the plaintiff (December 2016).
  • Winning appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, vacating judgment against product supplier for breach of warranty (December 2016).
  • Obtaining a multimillion dollar judgment in a business contract dispute following a jury trial in Rhode Island federal court (January 2014).

Mike is a member of the firm's management committee.  He also is a frequent author and speaker on topics including federal court practice and procedure, admiralty law, and insurance coverage.  He has been an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University School of Law, where he taught federal court commercial litigation.  He served on the faculty of the Rhode Island Federal Court Litigation Academy in 2017 and 2018.  From 2015-2017, Mike was a co-chair of the local rules review committee for the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.  He also is a co-author of the Local Admiralty Rules for the District of Rhode Island.

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Articles in the National Law Review database by Michael J. Daly

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