Facts About Michael
Michael was a founding member of the Seton Hall University School of Law Mock Trial team.
Michael was awarded the honor of Best Petitioner Brief in Seton Hall University School of Law’s Eugene Gressman competition.
Michael Smikun exposes liars and upholds the truth.
He was an indispensable leader in successfully obtaining a $33 million and a $27.6 million dollar jury verdicts, making Callagy Law one of only two law firms in the country to have two top 100 national jury verdicts in 3 years, including the largest jury verdict in the State of Arizona since 2016 and both with multiple millions of dollars in punitive damages.
He also successfully argued and won cases in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits; various state trial and appellate courts; the NJ Supreme Court; and has even been granted admission to the highest court in the United States, the Supreme Court. He has won cases valued in the hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.
Michael attacks every matter with immense caring, unstoppable urgency and ferocious aggression that inspires his team to do the same.
When not aggressively attacking cases or developing his team, you will often find Michael watching and quoting movies from the ‘90s, reading and reciting every piece of trivia he can find, and spending time with his daughter and trying to convince her that Star Wars is the greatest film in history.
New Jersey State Bar
New York State Bar
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Seton Hall University School of Law. Doctor of Law (J.D.).
Baruch College- Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) with concentration in Finance and Investments.
Michael’s Life at Callagy
I joined Callagy Law in August of 2009 at the age of 25 as a lead trial attorney on the Litigation team and the head of the Workers Compensation team. Less than a month later, I worked with Sean Callagy to draft a Complaint and a 96-page brief that would one day lead to the fourth largest jury verdict in the State of New Jersey and a top 100 national jury verdict. Simultaneously, I helped Callagy Law’s Workers Compensation team become the largest filer of Medical Provider Applications on behalf of healthcare providers in the entire State of New Jersey.
I presently lead over 30 people and 13 attorneys in the Litigation team and Workers Compensation team.
Like others, this firm has absolutely changed the trajectory of my life. This firm is built upon the pillars of integrity and learning, growth and development. Although challenging at times, we are always reminded that if you are not breaking out of your comfort zone, you are not growing as a person.
The firm and its employees believe in its mission, is results-focused, and is driven by a powerful purpose: to fundamentally change the way people feel about lawyers, one client at a time.