Michael P. Zabel is an attorney in the Commercial Litigation Group in the firm’s Philadelphia office. He joined the firm in 2010, and concentrates his practice in commercial and complex litigation matters.
Representative matters include construction defect, catastrophic construction accident, and transportation cases. Mike also performs pro bono legal work for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.
Recent publications include "Corporate Successor Liability Expanded Under De Facto Merger Doctrine," The Legal Intelligencer (7/31/2012); “District Court Disqualifies Counsel After Party-Appointed Arbitrator Discloses Panel Deliberations,” ABA Litigation News (Nov. 2011); “Accused of Bias, Judge Recuses Himself from 17 Ongoing Cases,” ABA Section of Litigation Ethics & Professionalism Newsletter (Oct. 2011). Mike has been quoted in Inside Counsel magazine and is regular contributor to Cozen O'Connor's e-discovery blog.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in classics from the College of the Holy Cross and a master's degree in classical studies from Indiana University. Prior to becoming a litigator, Mike taught Latin and ancient Greek at the middle school, high school, and college levels. Mike graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law, cum laude, where he was a staff editor for Temple Law Review and a member of Temple's National Trial Team. He has received numerous awards, including Best Advocate at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Tournament of Champions Trial Competition in 2009, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association's James J. Manderino Award for Trial Advocacy in 2010, and Best Paper in a number of subjects. During his time at Temple, Mike also served as a summer law clerk for the Honorable J. Curtis Joyner, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.