Michael J. Drahos

Michael J. Drahos



Practice Groups

Michael J. Drahos focuses his practice on the defense of products liability and related litigation, including cases of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, representing leading manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in actions by individual plaintiffs, class actions, and complex aggregate liability matters.

Michael possesses unusually deep experience in medical malpractice litigation involving the passenger vessel and cruise industry, with experience in general and casualty liability extending to trucking and mass transportation defense. His clients include a multinational freight transportation and logistics company; two of the world’s most recognizable passenger cruise and leisure travel companies; a manufacturer of snowmobiles, tractors, and all-terrain vehicles; manufacturers of small appliances, munitions, childcare products, and herbal supplements; producers of automobile parts and heating and cooling equipment; major international sports and recreation brands; and some of the world’s largest retailers.

Michael brings valuable insight to the defense of litigation related to medical devices from his experience handling medical negligence claims on behalf of health care providers. He regularly represents shipboard physicians and nurses located throughout every region of the globe, and has been instrumental in shaping and developing jurisdictional defenses associated with defending foreign doctors and nurses in the United States. Michael frequently lectures on numerous topics relating to maritime medical malpractice litigation at various cruise line industry seminars and conventions.

Michael is a graduate of the prestigious International Association of Defense Counsel’s 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 for attorneys whose peers have judged them to have achieved extraordinary professional distinction.

Active in the Wellington community, Michael was recently elected to serve a four-year term on the Village Council, following his six years on the Wellington Planning, Zoning, and Adjustment Board. He is 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 the town.

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2012–17
  • South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine, Up and Comers Finalist, 2016
  • Lifestyle Magazine, “Leaders in the Law” Finalist, 2015
  • Florida Trend, Up & Coming Legal Elite, 2007
  • Pro Bono Gold Honors, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, 2002
Professional Affiliations
  • The Florida Bar
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), 2013 to present
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLMA), Product Liability Committee
Community Involvement
  • Councilman, City of Wellington, 2016–20
  • Wellington Planning, Zoning, and Adjustment Board, 2010 to present
  • Wellington Education Committee, 2008–10
  • Young Professionals of Wellington
Admitted to Practice
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D., with honors, 2002 (Nova Law Review )
  • Florida State University, B.A., 1999
Publications/ Presentations
  • Co-Presenter, “The Opioid Crisis and the Blame Game,” FDCC Annual Meeting, Maui, Hawaii, July 29 to August 4, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Admiralty and Maritime Law," Berkley One, Wilmington, DE, May 16, 2018
  • Co-Author, “Danger Ahead: The Changing Face of Failure to Warn Claims,” Trial Advocate Quarterly, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Winter 2014
  • Author, Compendium of Product Liability Law Issues (Florida Section), ALFA International Product Liability Practice Group, 2011
  • Co-Author, “Applying Punitive Damages under Federal Common Law,” Punitive Damages: A 50 State Compendium, Defense Research Institute, 2009
  • Author, “The Adequacy of Product Warnings Written Only in English,” Strictly Speaking, Defense Research Institute, November 2009
  • Co-Author, Compendium of Product Liability Law Issues (Florida Section), ALFA International Product Liability Practice Group, 2009
  • Co-Author, “The Viability of the Critical Self Analysis Privilege,” Product Liability Perspectives, ALFA International, Fall 2008
  • Author, “Florida Compendium on Product Liability Failure to Warn Issues,” Product Liability Cases and the Duty to Warn: A 50 State Compendium, Defense Research Institute, 2007