Michael has lived in Lambertville since 2009. He’s married with two kids in both Lambertville Public School and Hunterdon South. He can be seen running on the tow path, oftentimes with his kids. His late step-grandmom was Elva Brusca, the long-time proprietor of the Lambertville Gallery of Fine Art.
Professionally, since coming out of the military in 2009 Michael has devoted his practice to representing vulnerable people and their families in abuse, neglect, and death cases in nursing homes, rehabs, assisted living facilities, group homes, and hospitals. He is one of few lawyers in New Jersey to truly concentrate their practice in this area and formed Davis & Brusca with his partner in 2017. In New Jersey, he was lead counsel for the plaintiff in the case of Dwyer v. Harborview, which generated the largest nursing home verdict to date in the state: $13.2 Million. While the verdict was later the subject of post-trial motions and an appeal, and ultimately settled for a different amount, the results demonstrate Michael’s considerable skill in the courtroom.
He shares his knowledge on nursing home neglect and abuse by regularly lecturing around the country and teaching other lawyers to prosecute these cases. He has also consulted for reporters and law enforcement.
Michael has been published many times, including in the New Jersey Law Journal and in “Trial” – the national attorney magazine published & disseminated by the American Association for Justice.
He currently serves as the chairman of the Executive Board of the National Nursing Home Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice.
Michael brings a unique perspective to his work. He himself has lost family members in institutions and he knows, first-hand, what it’s like to see someone you care about struggle and die. He uses that passion and understanding to bring about justice for his clients.
Michael is a highly skilled and experienced advocate. Prior to entering private practice, Michael served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force, where he tried many cases all over the world, including Japan, Qatar and Kuwait.