Massimo Dragone is a lawyer belonging to the Venice Bar Association, and member of the Human Rights Commission of Venice Bar Association’s Counsel.
Massimo graduated in Law from the University of Bologna in 1986. His legal education was enhanced by a period of study in the United States, followed by the completion of two specialisation courses on civil law matters in Italy.
Massimo undertook his legal traineeship with the mentor Avv. Ennio Antonucci. Thanks to the gradual expansion of his areas of profesisonal activity and to the partnership with other law professionals, in 1991 he founded the law firm Studio legale Dragone e Avvocati Associati Loffredo e Cestaro.
Massimo worked for six years as honorary judge at the Venice Civil Court. Since 2003 he is admitted to practice before the High Courts (Corte di Cassazione).
At present, Massimo Dragone is a trusted attorney with over 25 years of practice in civil liability lawsuits working on a wide range of cases. Notably, Massimo’s experience in the field of clinical negligence litigation is extensive. He has handled cases of serious injury resulting from a wide variety of medical and surgical errors such as missed diagnosis, negligent obstetric, pediatric, surgical cases and injuries caused during childbirth.
Furthermore, he is specialised in mass torts litigation, representing before national and international Courts hundreds of victims of the so called “infected blood scandal”. These are individuals who contracted HIV and HCV due to infected blood transfusions which occurred in the Italian hospitals.
As to international litigation, it is important to mention two landmark judgments issued by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) following two applications which Massimo Dragone filed on behalf of more than a hundred persons seriously affected by blood transfusions. With these judgments (M.C. + others v. Italy, 3 September 2013, application n. 5376/2011; and D.A.+ others v. Italy, 14 January 2016 application n. 68060/2012 , www.echr.coe.it) the Court held the Italian Government responsible for the violations of many articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. The M.C. and others case concerned the right of the victims to the revaluation of the indemnity granted them by law n. 210/92. As consequence of the Court’s pilot judgment, this right was extended to all the infected persons in Italy through an ad hoc financial legislation. The D.A. and others case dealt with the Government’s failure to properly redress the victims of “the infected blood scandal” and the inadequacy of the Italian judicial proceedings due to their excessive length. The Court condemned the State to pay a just satisfaction to the 78 applicants for the violation of art 2 of the Convention protecting the Right to Life under its procedural aspect.
Besides giving a number of lectures on topics related to family law, non-material damage and medical responsibility, Massimo is author of many publications, among them are worth mentioning the books “Responsabilità medica danni da trasfusione e da contagio” edited by Giuffrè and “La responsabilità medica” by UTET 2019, various authors.
Massimo keeps himself updated on relevant developments in the field of international human rights law. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 he attended the training seminar (advanced course) on “The protection of human rights before the ECHR” organized by EIUC – European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation.
He speaks and writes English fluently thanks to his participation to several courses, in 2014 he also attended an advanced course of Legal English.
4 May 2011 speaker at the conference: “La responsabilità civile esofamiliare: lo sconvolgimento della famiglia per la perdita o l’invalidazione del congiunto”, AIAF (Associazione Italiana degli Avvocati per la Famiglia e i Minori), Venice;
27 aprile 2017 relatore al convegno Mediacampus, Riforma della responsabilità medica: cosa cambia veramente?, sul tema: Vittima da malpractice medica e responsabilità dello Stato per violazione della CEDU.