Michael L. Boulhosa Partner




Michael Boulhosa is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee with 30 years experience as a litigator who has practiced at Wilson Elser for his entire legal career. Having collaborated frequently with some of the firm’s senior litigators, he understands and appreciates the core principles of client service, responsiveness and added value.

Michael has developed significant credentials in the defense of general liability and casualty, construction and Labor Law, and lead poisoning claims. The depth and breadth of Michael’s experience enable him to anticipate the likely outcome of a particular claim and help the client prepare accordingly, whether the resolution strategy is settlement or trial. On his national engagements, Michael is entrusted by clients to match them with other attorneys across the firm who can best meet their needs.

Areas of Focus

Complex Tort & General Casualty
As the co-chair of the firm’s Complex Tort & General Casualty practice, Michael oversees a team of approximately 30 attorneys that handles general liability, premises security, auto and other such claims on behalf of major insurance carriers and their insureds. In addition to handling large exposure lawsuits, Michael’s role on this engagement includes the management of the firm’s largest national alternative fee program. 

Construction and Labor Law
On behalf of carriers as well as several self-insured clients, Michael has litigated and tried numerous complex construction liability claims brought under New York Labor Law against contractors, subcontractors, owners and property managers. He recently received a defense verdict in a Supreme Court, Kings County, labor lawsuit involving a construction worker who lacerated several fingers while using a table saw thereby, allegedly, rendering him unable to return to work. 

Lead Poisoning
Michael has developed a particular niche in the defense of lead poisoning claims alleging brain damage and neurological difficulties in children exposed to lead dust from flaking paint in their homes. In a case that received significant press attention, Michael recently secured a favorable verdict in the first lead poisoning lawsuit to proceed to trial in upstate New York. He is the co-author of “A Complete Guide to Lead-paint Poisoning Litigation” published by the American Bar Association.