Michael S. Bonner places a priority on helping clients efficiently solve their legal issues by working closely with them to develop and implement an effective strategy that advances their personal and business objectives. He has extensive experience representing clients in a wide-array of business disputes including those involving shareholder relationships, freeze-out claims, partnership dissolutions, and employment disputes. Mr. Bonner also has significant experience litigating real estate and construction disputes, breach of contract claims, and disputes that involve allegations of bad faith or unfair business practices.
In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Bonner represents and advises clients in the planning and formation of all types of business entities. Mr. Bonner provides advice regarding the appropriate business structure, such as a traditional corporation, LLC or PC, and prepares the necessary organizational documentation. Mr. Bonner serves as general counsel for a number of small businesses, providing ongoing advice on various legal matters, including corporate maintenance, corporate governance, negotiation and preparation of contractual agreements, shareholder issues, employer-employee matters, and other business matters including strategies to minimize future litigation risks.
Mr. Bonner also has extensive experience representing individuals and businesses in the purchase and sale of real estate, and lease negotiations.
Mr. Bonner was selected as a "Rising Star" by Boston Magazine in its "Massachusetts Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition" in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Nominated by his peers, this honor recognizes him as one of the best lawyers in the state under the age of 40. Only the top 2.5 percent of all up-and-coming lawyers make the final list.
Mr. Bonner graduated cum laude from Saint Anselm College in 1994. In 1997, Mr. Bonner graduated cum laude from Suffolk University School of Law. In addition to his law degree, Mr. Bonner obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Suffolk University’s Frank Sawyer School of Management in 2004. He was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, which is the highest scholastic honor that a business student can achieve.
- Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
- Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School, Suffolk, Massachusetts
- Honors: Beta Gamma Sigma
- Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire
- Massachusetts, 1997
- New Hampshire, 1999
- U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1997
- U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
- U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire, 1999
- Forming a Business Entity, Massachusetts Bar Association
- Business Litigation Session Conference, Massachusetts Bar Association
Honors and Awards
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2007 - 2011)
- Boston Bar Association
- Tuli v. Brigham & Women's Hosp., 656 F. 3d 33 (First Circuit 2011)
- Cipollone v. Yale Industrial Products, 202 F. 3d 376 (First Circuit 1999)
- Medical Practice Management, Inc. v. Boston IVF, Inc. et al., 67 Mass. App. Ct. 1102 (2006)
Past Employment Positions
- Morrison, Mahoney & Miller, LLP, Associate, 1998
- Pierce, Davis & Perritano, Associate, 1998 - 2001
- Yurko, Salvesen & Remz, Associate, 2001 - 2006