Michele N. Detherage



Michele Detherage is a skilled litigator with substantial insurance industry experience. She advises a number of insurance companies with respect to both first-party property and third-party liability claims. Michele has counselled clients regarding a broad range of coverage issues, including COVID-19 claims, environmental exposures, business interruptions and intellectual property disputes.
In addition to coverage, Michele also focuses her practice on representing insurers in litigation matters. She has handled both property and liability cases from inception to resolution and has represented insurers at motion hearings, mediation and trial.
Michele also has experience in the area of employment law. She has assisted clients in the enforcement of employment agreement terms, and has successfully resolved matters initiated with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination on behalf of both employees and employers.

Prior to joining Robins Kaplan, Michele spent five years as in-house litigation counsel for one of the largest insurance companies in the country. In that role, Michele worked to combat insurance fraud and obtained more than 50 favorable verdicts on behalf of the company. Michele’s experience as an in-house litigator provided her with valuable insight into the skill set and work-product sought by insurers, which she has been able to translate into her present practice.

In addition to her professional work, Michele has a strong commitment to community service and volunteers with local animal rescue organizations.

Boston Magazine Top Lawyers 2023
Super Lawyers Rising Star Michelle Detherage
  • Named a "Top Lawyer," Boston Magazine (2022-2023)
  • Named a "Massachusetts Rising Star," Super Lawyers (2020)
  • Last Hope K9 Rescue, volunteer
  • Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), volunteer
Bar Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. (2009)
  • Northeastern University, B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude (2006)
Professional Associations
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Insurance and Reinsurance Bar Association, Past President (2021-2022), Current Board of Directors Member (2022-Present)
  • Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association
  • Discovery & E-Discovery Best Practices
    Massachusetts MCLE New England, Boston, Massachusetts (June 21, 2023)
  • How To Tame The Beast: Managing Outside Litigation Counsel
    Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, Webinar (November 10, 2022)
  • Going Nuclear! New Issues in the Insurance and Reinsurance World
    Massachusetts Insurance and Reinsurance Bar Association (MIReBA) Spring Symposium, Boston, MA (April 27, 2022)
  • The Psychology of Persuasion
    Robins Kaplan LLP 2019 Women in Insurance Seminar, Boston, MA (September 10, 2019)
  • Fundamentals of Liability and Property Insurance
    Boston Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts (November 5, 2018; April 24, 2019; and February 5, 2021)
June 21, 2023
Discovery & E-Discovery Best Practices
Michele Detherage and Taylore Karpa Schollard - Discovery & E-Discovery Best Practices
Live Webcast
April 27, 2022
Massachusetts Insurance and Reinsurance Bar Association Spring Symposium
Massachusetts Insurance and Reinsurance Bar Association
Boston, MA


Links to full publications and news releases.


January 2024
Don’t Shoot The Messenger
Michele Detherage - The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight
June 7, 2022
What’s in a Name?
Michele N. Detherage, Esq. - The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight
Spring 2020
What if One of Us Did Start the Fire?
Michele Detherage - The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight: Spring 2020
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