Shepard O’Donnell Partner Michael McCann Named “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Shepard O’Donnell, one of the top asbestos personal injury law firms in Massachusetts for over 25 years, announces that Partner Michael McCann has been named a 2024 Excellence in the Law honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in the “Up & Coming Lawyers” category. The “Up & Coming Lawyers” award celebrates the exceptional professional and community accomplishments of attorneys practicing less than 10 years. McCann and fellow honorees will be recognized at a reception in Boston on March 19. 

McCann’s practice focuses on asbestos litigation, tobacco lawsuits, and other complex tort litigation matters. He has argued in front of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and served as lead counsel in multiple landmark cases. As a result of McCann’s professional acumen, he was elevated to partner in 2019. 

“It has been an honor to watch Mike grow as an attorney over the decade,” said Founder Michael Shepard. “He manages the complexity of asbestos and toxic tort litigation with adeptness and is committed to obtaining justice for his clients. I am elated to see Mike recognized for his consistent excellence!”

As an active member of the Boston legal community, McCann is a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and the American Association for Justice. In addition to his recognition as an “Up & Coming Lawyer,” he has been recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” since 2019 and The Best Lawyers in America as “One to Watch” since 2023. The full list of Excellence in the Law honorees can be found here

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports decisions issued by all the state and federal courts in Massachusetts, as well as changes to court rules, verdict and settlement reports, bar-discipline notices, and all other news vital to attorneys in the commonwealth. It also covers hundreds of rulings from state and federal trial courts in Massachusetts.


Shepard O’Donnell Named a Top-Tier Personal Injury Law Firm by Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2024

Shepard O’Donnell, one of the top asbestos personal injury law firms in Massachusetts for 25 years, received top-tier designation in the Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2024 edition. The firm was ranked “Tier 1” in personal injury litigation and was highly rated in mass tort litigation and class actions. Law firms included in the “Best Law Firms” rankings are recognized for professional excellence and consistently strong ratings from clients and peers. Below are the firm’s complete rankings.

Metropolitan Tier 1 (Boston) 

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Metropolitan Tier 3 (Boston) 

  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions  – Plaintiffs

The Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are determined by an exhaustive evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro. Three Shepard O’Donnell attorneys were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 edition. 


Three Shepard O’Donnell Attorneys Recognized in the 2023 Edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers

Shepard O’Donnell, one of the top asbestos personal injury law firms in Massachusetts for 25 years, announces that three of its attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2023 edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers, with two included on the Super Lawyers list and one on the Rising Stars list.

Founder Michael Shepard and Co-Managing Partner Erika O’Donnell were recognized on the 2023 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list in the Personal Injury – Products: Plaintiff practice area. 

Partner Michael McCann was recognized on the 2023 Massachusetts Rising Stars list in the personal Injury – Products: Plaintiff practice area. The Rising Star designation recognizes lawyers under the age of 40 years old or those in practice for less than ten years. Each year, no more than 2.5% of lawyers in each state are selected for inclusion on the Rising Star list. 

Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service for lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice. The selection process, as detailed on the Super Lawyers website, is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and evaluations that identify a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.