Michael W. Garland

Associate Director of Litigation

Worcester/Providence (508)-756-6288 garland@burnsandfarrey.com


Michael Garland has over 25 years of experience in both state and federal courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Attorney Garland focuses primarily on complex tort disputes, and has successfully defended individuals, companies and insurers in significant personal injury litigation and substantial property damage cases. He has extensive trial experience in the District and Superior Courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Attorney Garland earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. In addition to earning a B.A. in Politics from Brandeis University, he holds an M.A.T. from Brown University. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as the state court of New York, the United States Court of Appeals in the First Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

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Awards, Recognition, and Affiliations

Professional Associations/Memberships

Named Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year (Law Industry), 2010 

Defense Counsel of Rhode Island, Member 

Pawtucket Bar Association, Member

Massachusetts Bar Association, Member

Rhode Island Bar Association, Member

Worcester County Bar Association (WCBA), Member 

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Reported Cases

Pratt v. Martineau, 69 Mass. App. Ct. 670 (2007)

Maloney v. Maloney, 71 Mass. App. Ct. 1109 (2008)

Shepard v. Harleysville Worcester Ins. Co., 944 A. 2d 167 (RI 2008)

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Suffolk University Law
School, J.D. (1986)

Brown University,
M.A.T. (1980)

Brandeis University,
B.A. in Politics (1979)


Construction Site Accident

Construction Defect

General Liability

Liquor Liability/Dram Shop

Premises Liability

Product Liability

Professional Liability


Massachusetts, 1986

U. S. District Court, District 
of Massachusetts, 1987

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1988

Rhode Island, 2001

U. S. District Court, District
of Rhode Island, 2002

New York, 2008 

U. S. Supreme Court, 2009