Michael R. McPherson



For more than a decade, Mr. McPherson has provided counsel and trial advocacy to health care providers and insurance companies on a broad range of issues, including medical malpractice litigation, health law, state and federal privacy laws (HIPAA), civil rights, insurance coverage and product liability. Mr. McPherson focuses his practice on appellate advocacy, complex legal research and analysis, critical motions practice and health law. Over the years, he has achieved dismissal or summary judgment before trial in numerous cases.

Mr. McPherson has successfully represented clients in Connecticut state and federal courts; the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts; the Second Circuit Court of Appeals; and the Supreme Court of the United States.

While in law school, Mr. McPherson was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Quinnipiac Health Law Journal and received the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award for Legal Skills and the Outstanding Legal Scholarship Award.

Prior to joining DANAHERLAGNESE, PC in 2004, Mr. McPherson was an associate attorney with a prominent Norwich law firm, where he concentrated his practice on municipal law and real estate matters.

Representative Cases

Redding Life Care, LLC v. Town of Redding, 331 Conn. 711 (2019)(amicus brief on behalf of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association)
Ravalese v. Lertora,186 Conn. App. 722 (2018)
Ugalde v. St. Mary’s Hosp.,182 Conn. App. 1, cert. denied, 330 Conn. 928 (2018)
Lambeck v. Silver Hill Hosp.,181 Conn. App. 904 (2018)
Hodges v. The Glenholme Shool, 713 F. App’x 49 (2d Cir. 2017)
Mahoney v. Smith, 174 Conn. App. 639 (2017)
Doe v. Town of West Hartford, 323 Conn. 936 (2016)
First Mercury Ins. Co. v. Shawmut Woodworking & Supply, Inc., 660 F. App’x 30 (2d Cir. 2016)
Gonzales v. Langdon, 161 Conn. App. 497 (2015)
Squeo v. Norwalk Hospital Ass’n, 316 Conn. 558 (2014)
Dorry v. Garden, 313 Conn. 516 (2014)
Hopkins v. Balachandran, 146 Conn. App. 44 (2013)
Bolmer v. Oliveira, 570 F.Supp.2d 301 (D. Conn. 2008), appeal dismissed, No. 11-1297-cv (2d Cir. 2011), cert. denied, 565 U.S. 1211 (2012)
Parkinson v. Hartford Hospital, 2009 WL 2475336 (D. Conn. May 28, 2009)(Hall, J.), appeal dismissed, 09-1623-cv (2d Cir. 2010)
Shukis v. Board of Educ. of Reg’l Sch. Dist. No. 17, 122 Conn. App. 555 (2010)


  • J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, 2000
  • B.S., Marketing, University of Connecticut, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States


Case Comment, The Denial of FDA Jurisdiction Over Tobacco in Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. v. FDA, A Step in the Wrong Direction, 3 Quinnipiac Health L.J. 133 (2000).


  • Connecticut Bar Association – Appellate Advocacy Section