Michael A. Cavaliere joined Kline & Specter with a keen perspective on medical malpractice and other personal injury cases – from the defense side.

Cavaliere worked most of four years for a Philadelphia-based firm at which he handled complex matters defending some of the largest hospitals and health systems in the Philadelphia area. He also handled cases involving premises liability.

In one of his first cases at Kline & Specter, Cavaliere was co-counsel in litigation against a private prison company that produced a $7 million settlement plus significant policy changes at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Delaware County, Pa., where a mentally ill inmate committed suicide after being placed in solitary confinement for 52 straight days. (See news coverage

Before joining the firm, Cavaliere gained broad legal experience – both civil and criminal – with positions as a law clerk and a variety of internships. Prior to his law firm work, he was a law clerk working for New Jersey Superior Court judges in Mercer County, including Douglas H. Hurd (presiding judge of the court’s Civil Division), Darlene J. Pereksta and Anthony M. Massi. Cavaliere performed extensive legal research and writing on matters such as medical malpractice, personal injury and civil rights.

Cavaliere also held three internships while attending law school: with the law firm Spector Gadon and Rosen, PC, the Civil Rights Unit of the City of Philadelphia Law Department, and Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.

Cavaliere was a top student both as an undergraduate and in law school. He earned his law degree from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude and ranked fourth in a class of 144. He was also a member of Kline Law’s Moot Court Board, and participated in national competitions in Washington, D.C. and Boston.

Cavaliere also received graduation honors for his participation in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project during which he volunteered to teach weekly courses on constitutional law and oral advocacy at a South Philadelphia high school. He coached one young woman into the final rounds of the program’s national moot court competition.

Cavaliere earned his undergraduate degree from Temple University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is a member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar associations.

Michael Cavaliere In The News:

$7 million settlement over Delco inmate's suicide, (watch videos) WTXF, 11/10/17CBS 3, 11/9/17 (read articles) The Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/10/17Lehigh Valley Live, 11/10/17; WHYY News, 11/9/17

Delco prison to pay $7M to kin of inmate who took own lifeDelaware County Times, 11/9/17

Admissibility of informed consent in medical malpractice casesThe Legal Intelligencer, 4/11/17

Editorial: Public deserves answers about suicides at prisonDelaware County Times, 7/16/15