Michael A. Salvati


Michael is a shareholder in the Casualty Department, where he devotes his practice to product liability, premises liability, and property loss claims. He has provided counsel to a wide variety of clients, including automotive and other product manufacturers, as well as various regional and national retail chains. Michael has experience in all aspects of defense litigation, from initial claim investigation through discovery and trial.

Michael is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, and co-edited the Pennsylvania Chapter of its 2013 publication, "Product Liability Defenses, a State-by-State Compendium."

Prior to joining the firm, Michael served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Timothy G. Farrell of the Superior Court of New Jersey.  In that capacity, Michael managed the judge's dockets, drafted opinions and orders, and served as a mediator in Small Claims and Special Civil Part cases.

Michael earned his juris doctor at Villanova Law School, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class, was a member of the Order of the Coif, and served as an Associate Editor of the Villanova Law Review.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree in History from Villanova University, where he graduated first in his class with a 4.0 GPA.

Significant Representative Matters

Obtained a defense verdict as second chair in a federal jury trial involving an allegedly defective motorcycle that caught fire when left running contrary to instructions in the owner's manual, causing significant fire and smoke damage to the plaintiffs' residence.

Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a janitorial franchising company, successfully arguing that it was not responsible for the rogue acts of its franchisee who allegedly stole jewelry and engaged in sexual acts while cleaning the plaintiff's office.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of two homeowners, successfully arguing that they had no duty to prevent their general contractor from injuring his subcontractor, the plaintiff, who had fallen from a ladder on the job.

Successfully defended a retail pharmacy and its delivery driver at arbitration on an auto accident claim for which liability was uncontested.  Michael obtained a limited tort finding and limited plaintiff to recovery of her unpaid medical expenses, which were minimal.  The suit had initially been filed as a major jury case before being remanded to arbitration, and the award was less than 1% of plaintiff's original demand.

Obtained a dismissal on jurisdictional grounds of product liability and wrongful death claims brought against a truck dealership that was located in Ohio and that did not conduct regular business in Pennsylvania.

Obtained a summary judgment for the manufacturer of a smoker in a failure to warn claim involving an allegedly defective barbecue smoker by successfully challenging the opinions of the plaintiff's expert as speculative.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Panel Member, Nuts and Bolts of Litigation Practice Under the Fair Share Act, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April 2016.

Litigation Pointers for Defending the Supermarket Slip and Fall Case, Liberty Mutual Insurance, February 2015

Published Works

“There’s No Turning Back Now: Product Liability Jury Instructions in the Wake of Tincher v. Omega Flex,” Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018

"There’s No Place Like “Home”: Challenging General Jurisdiction When an LLC Is a Citizen of the Forum State,Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2017

“Pennsylvania’s Fair Share Act: Practical Pointers for Litigators,” Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 2, June 2014, co-author

New Jersey
Villanova University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2011)
Villanova University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2008)
Associations & memberships
Defense Research Institute
New Jersey Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Year joined