Michael J. Drahos Attorney At Law
Michael focuses his practice defending maritime medical malpractice claims, including cases of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death.
Michael possesses deep experience relating to claims asserted against the passenger vessel and cruise industry, having defended shipboard doctors and nurses for over 15 years. He regularly represents shipboard doctors and nurses located throughout every region of the world, and has been instrumental in developing jurisdictional defenses for foreign defendants facing claims in the United States. Michael also frequently lectures on numerous topics relating to maritime medical malpractice litigation at various cruise line industry seminars and conventions.
Michael practices in state and federal courts throughout Florida and brings valuable insight to the defense of litigation relating to medical devices from his experience handling medical negligence claims on behalf of health care providers. He has defended a diverse array of product liability claims ranging from tractors, all-terrain vehicles, and amusement park rides to household appliances, automobile component parts, scaffolding equipment, and heating and cooling systems. He has also defended claims asserted against manufacturers of dietary and herbal supplements and currently serves as regional counsel to one of the world's largest sports equipment and apparel companies.
Active in the Wellington community, Michael was recently re-elected unopposed to a new four year term as a city councilman on the Wellington Village Council, after having previously been elected to serve his first four year term in 2016. In 2018 he served as the Vice Mayor of Wellington. He previously spent six years on the Wellington Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board from 2010 to 2016 and two years on the Wellington Education Committee from 2008-2010. Michael is also 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 Wellington.
Michael is a graduate of the prestigious International Association of Defense Counsel's (IADC) Trial Academy hosted by Stanford Law School. In 2013 he was invited to join the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), a highly selective group of attorneys whose peers have judged them to have achieved extraordinary professional distinction. He also maintains an AV Preeminent peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell.