Michael Pratt is an accomplished litigator and leader in Philadelphia’s legal and civic communities. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial and product liability disputes, having tried cases in state and federal courts, representing financial institutions, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and governmental institutions, among others. With three decades of private practice at Am Law 100 firms, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his broad-based representations, leveraging a rich array of prior legal experiences. Those include serving as the chief litigation counsel for corporate and toxic tort matters for a Fortune 100 company and as the former chief deputy city solicitor charged with overseeing the commercial litigation division for the City of Philadelphia Law Department. Michael is rated AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0, and his legal accomplishments have been recognized by a number of organizations and publications, including Best Lawyers in America, Acritas Stars™ Independently Rated Lawyers, “Star Lawyers”, The Legal Intelligencer’s “Diversity Attorney of the Year” and Super Lawyers magazine.
In his bar association and civic lives, Michael has helped lead a variety of organizations in a range of activities. He served as the 81st Chancellor of the 15,000 member Philadelphia Bar Association. He accepted a gubernatorial appointment to serve as a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, including serving as vice chairman for four of his six years on the commission. Other previous leadership posts include serving as president of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc., a local affiliate of the National Bar Association, chair of the board of trustees of Community Legal Services, Inc., chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. He is a longtime member of the Washington and Jefferson College Board of Trustees, where he currently serves as secretary of the Board. He continues to speak before professional and community groups and has contributed to advancing scholarship within the legal community and Philadelphia public life through numerous articles and book chapters authored or co-authored.
Michael is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former judicial law clerk for the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.