Mr. Michael F. Becker has over 40 years of trial experience. He is past President of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys (CATA). His practice is primarily in the area of medical negligence and has represented children with brain damage across the country, from Hawai’i to Maine. Mr. Becker is a frequent lecturer on medical negligence and is a former chair of the Medical Negligence Section of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has authored articles on Medical Malpractice in state and national publications. Mr. Becker is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has been elected a fellow of the International Society of Barristers and is regularly selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America, as well as Ohio Super Lawyers. Mr. Becker was inducted into the Inner Circle of Advocates which is a group of the top 100 personal injury lawyers in the country.
Mr. Becker received the Craig Spangenberg Distinguished Advocate Award from the Ohio Association for Justice on May 14, 2009, which is given to one attorney per year. Mr Becker has been awarded more prejudgment interest on his verdicts and judgments than any of his peers- In addition to representing birth trauma victims throughout Ohio, Mr. Becker has also successfully represented brain injured newborns in Pennsylvania and Maine. Mr. Becker also received the President’s Award from the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and was recognized as a 2016 Martindale-Hubbell® Top Rated Lawyer™
WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT ATTORNEY MIKE BECKER
How do you blindly trust someone to hold your child’s future in his hands? How do you give up control over not knowing what the future holds for your child? How do you allow someone to carry that burden for you that has no future interest in your child?
We asked ourselves these questions when we were guided to Michael Becker. We partnered with Mr. Becker and his firm because our daughter suffered a traumatic birth injury. We knew we couldn’t predict the future. We had no idea what challenges our precious daughter would face as she developed.
We were greeted with professionalism, expertise, compassion, respect, and a desire to provide the best quality of life for our daughter. She was always the top priority. Mr. Becker represented our daughter and family as if it was his own. His staff was equally dedicated to our representation. We still enjoy sharing family updates and holiday greetings!
Michael Becker helped us secure our daughter’s future needs. We will always be grateful for the impact he has had on our family. Thank you!
-Kris Harmon, mother of Perri-
Mike decided to take our case after four other attorneys said we didn’t have a case. Now, after having won, my husband and I can provide Abram with the best of everything; medical, schooling and equipment. We will never have to worry for our son’s care again.
-Elizabeth Elia, mother of Abram-
The purpose of the Mike’s Kids Foundation is to provide assistance via services, equipment, education, special care and respite support to children with special needs and their families. Special needs children include those who are physically and/or mentally challenged including those with learning disabilities. Additionally, educational materials/seminars will be sponsored for parents of special needs children relative to maximizing available resources and for medical providers in ways to prevent or minimize perinatal morbidity.
Mike’s Kids is a Becker Family Private Foundation
As a testament to their philanthropy, Mike Becker and his wife, Beverly, recently received the “Spirit of Giving” Award from Rising Star Academy
“America has many big trial lawyers. My colleagues in the Inner Circle are the great ones.” Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center.
“One of the nation’s most exclusive legal societies . . . their accomplishments as a group are second to none.” St. Petersburg Times, February 16, 2004.
“A fraternity of superstar personal injury litigators.” National Law Journal
“The Inner Circle of Advocates, a select group of 100 of the nation’s most celebrated trial lawyers. Large verdicts or settlements are one criteria for admission.” Washington Post, Sunday, June 25, 2000
“Lawyers of integrity who are nationally recognized for their experience and skill, best of the nation.” Paul Luvera, Seattle, Washington.
NATIONAL BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCACY (NBTA)
Mike is a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). The NBTA is part of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, which is accredited by the American Bar Association. Certification is reserved for attorneys who have significant experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including serving as lead counsel in at least five jury trials, taking at least five jury trials to verdict, and representing clients in more than 100 contested proceedings involving testimony. Certification also requires extensive continuing education or thought leadership, and favorable reviews from several independent members of the legal community.
As a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Mike enjoys privileged access to an exclusive community of other like-minded and experienced civil trial lawyers who pool their knowledge in order to further enhance the quality and depth of their legal representation.
Faith and Family are at the center of Mike’s purpose. Married to Bev for 35 years they have together raised two grown children. As a family, they enjoy most their annual “get away” to Maine and often share that time with extended family and close friends. Together, they enjoy boating and hiking the trails in Maine.
Mike is also an avid golfer, a sport he enjoys with his friends.
U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1979
U.S. Federal Courts, 1981
John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
- J.D. – 1976
- Honors: Honors, With Distinction
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
- B.A. – 1971
- Lecturer, Nationally Regarding Medical Negligence Speaker
Honors and Awards
- Regularly recognized as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” & “Best Lawyer”
- Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Association for Justice, 1976
- Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers, Past President
- Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Medical Negligence Section, Trustee
- Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Medical Negligence Section, Chair
- International Society of Barristers
- Inner Circle of Advocates
- Public Justice Member
- First United Church of Christ in Elyria, Current Chair of Trustees
- Mike’s Kids (www.mikes-kids.org), Director
Pro Bono Activities
- Trustee, First Congregational Church, Elyria, Ohio for 6 Years
- Received the “Spirit of Giving” Award from Rising Star Academy