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     Local litigation firms              Local litigation stars                               James Fogarty
                                                                                              Fogarty Cohen Selby & Nemiroff
                                                                                              Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Professional
     Highly recommended                  Matthew Auger                                        Malpractice
                                         Suisman Shapiro
     Hurwitz Sagarin Slossberg & Knuff   Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Products     Steven Frederick
                                         Liability                                            Wofsey Rosen Kweskin & Kuriansky
     Izard Nobel                                                                              Employment/Labor, Personal Injury
                                         David Ball
     Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder            Cohen and Wolf                                       David Golub
                                         Commercial Litigation, Securities                    Silver Golub & Teitell
     Scott & Scott                                                                            Civil Rights, Commercial Litigation,
                                         David Belt                                           Employment/Labor, False Claim Act
     Silver Golub & Teitell              Hurwitz Sagarin Slossberg & Knuff
                                         Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury,   Lawrence Greenberg
     Suisman Shapiro
                                         Securities                                           Suisman Shapiro
                                                                                              Commercial Litigation
                                         James Bergenn
     Recommended                         Shipman & Goodwin                                    Ari Hoffman
                                         Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death    Cohen and Wolf
     Cohen and Wolf                                                                           Commercial Litigation, Securities
                                         William Bernarduci
     Cowdery Ecker & Murphy              Izard Nobel                                          Robert Izard
                                         Class Action, Employment/Labor, Securities           Izard Nobel
     Stratton Faxon                                                                           Class Action, Employment/Labor
                                         James Berryman
     Wofsey Rosen Kweskin & Kuriansky    Suisman Shapiro                                      Mark Kindall
                                         Employment/Labor                                     Izard Nobel
                                                                                              Class Action, Consumer Protection, Securities
                                         Richard Bieder
                                         Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder                             Seth Klein
                                         Antitrust, Class Action, Commercial Litigation,      Izard Nobel
                                         Consumer Protection, Personal Injury                 Antitrust, Class Action, Consumer Protection,
                                                                                              Securities
                                         Andrew Brand
                                         Suisman Shapiro                                      John Knuff
                                         Commercial Litigation                                Hurwitz Sagarin Slossberg & Knuff
                                                                                              Commercial Litigation
                                         David Cohen
                                         Wofsey Rosen Kweskin & Kuriansky                     Michael Koskoff
                                         Civil Rights, Employment/Labor, Personal Injury      Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder
                                                                                              Civil Rights, Class Action, Products Liability,
                                         John Collins III                                     Professional Malpractice
                                         Suisman Shapiro
                                         Insurance, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice      Jonathan Levine
                                                                                              Silver Golub & Teitell
                                         James Cowdery                                        Civil Litigation
                                         Cowdery Ecker & Murphy
                                         Commercial Litigation                                Kurosh Marjani
                                                                                              Wofsey Rosen Kweskin & Kuriansky
                                         William Davoren                                      Area
                                         Wofsey Rosen Kweskin & Kuriansky
                                         Personal Injury                                      Thomas Murphy
                                                                                              Cowdery Ecker & Murphy
                                         Jeffrey Donofrio                                     Commercial Litigation, False Claim Act, Personal
                                         Ciulla & Donofrio                                    Injury, Wrongful Death
                                         Commercial Litigation
                                                                                              Jeffrey Nobel
                                         Steven Ecker                                         Izard Nobel
                                         Cowdery Ecker & Murphy                               Class Action, Consumer Protection,
                                         Appellate, Employment/Labor, Personal Injury,        Employment/Labor, Securities
                                         Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death
                                                                                              Jerome O’Malley
                                         Stephen Finn                                         Tobin Carberry O’Malley Riley & Selinger
                                         Wofsey Rosen Kweskin & Kuriansky                     Personal Injury, Wrongful Death
                                         Personal Injury
                                                                                              Lawrence Reilly
                                                                                              Fogarty Cohen Selby & Nemiroff
                                                                                              Personal Injury

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Thomas Riley
Tobin Carberry O’Malley Riley & Selinger
Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

William Ronalter
Shipman & Goodwin
Personal Injury, Products Liability

J Daniel Sagarin
Hurwitz Sagarin Slossberg & Knuff
Antitrust, Class Action, Employment/Labor,
Personal Injury, Professional Malpractice

Matthew Shafner
Suisman Shapiro
Personal Injury, Products Liability

Richard Silver
Silver Golub & Teitell
Civil Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

Richard Slavin
Cohen and Wolf
Commercial Litigation, Securities

David Slossberg
Hurwitz Sagarin Slossberg & Knuff
Antitrust, Class Action, Commercial Litigation,
Consumer Protection, Medical Malpractice

Michael Stratton
Stratton Faxon
Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

Ernest Teitell
Silver Golub & Teitell
Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

Bob Tobin
Tobin Carberry O’Malley Riley & Selinger
Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury,
Wrongful Death

Joseph Walsh
Cohen and Wolf
Personal Injury

Daniel Young
Wofsey Rosen Kweskin & Kuriansky
Employment/Labor

Angelo Ziotas
Silver Golub & Teitell
Civil Litigation




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     Connecticut                                                                                            Seroquel drug; and Bayer Healthcare
                                                                                                            Pharmaceuticals involving Yaz and Yasmine,
                                                                                                            birth control pills.
                                                                                                              Michael Koskoff is well regarded because
                                                                                                            of his courtroom efficacy and his
     Connecticut has benefitted greatly from the overflow of litigation in markets like                     commitment to legal scholarship and the
     New York City and Boston. With an emphasis on financial litigation, plaintiff firms                    community. Another partner, Richard
                                                                                                            Bieder, is considered a “courtroom giant”
     are challenged to survive recent judicial decisions that affect recovery on insur-                     because of his involvement in innumerable
     ance and employment claims,                                                                            high profile cases. The firm, overall, has a
                                                                                                            rooted bench, capable of trying cases and
     Highly recommended firms                           policies, changes to health benefits, retirement    accomplishing victories despite the most
                                                        plan      mismanagement,        price     fixing,   difficult set of facts and circumstances.
     Hurwitz Sagarin Slossberg & Knuff                  overcharges and false advertising. Though
     For over 40 years, Hurwitz Sagarin Slossberg       based in West Hartford, Connecticut, 75% of         Scott & Scott
     & Knuff has established a reputation in            the firm’s litigation occurs outside the state.     Following an exodus from larger firms, the
     Connecticut that has resulted in the receipt of    Because of its impressive list of litigation        founders of Scott & Scott combine the
     innumerable honors. Based in Milford,              accomplishments, Izard Nobel is extremely           familial,     flexible   and      cooperative
     Hurwitz Sagarin is a general practice litigation   busy and is currently lead or co-lead counsel in    atmosphere of smaller firms with the
     firm that is particularly active in real estate.   over 15 cases. Recent settlements include $70       sophistication and resources of a large firm.
     On the plaintiff’s side, the firm prosecutes       million for Tyco employees, $40 million for         The firm has been nationally recognized as
     business disputes, consumer protection claims,     AT&T employees, $35 million for Campbell            one of the top 20 plaintiff’s firms in the
     securities and litigates in most areas of          Soup shareholders, and $100 million for Time        country.      While     headquartered       in
     commercial litigation. The firm also provides      Warner employees. The Court recently granted        Connecticut, the firm has offices in New
     specialized services for Connecticut workers.      approval for an $8.9 settlement in a securities     York, California and Ohio. The firm devotes
     The representation of employees has been a         claim against Nuvelo.                               its practice to representing individuals and
     commitment for the life of the firm. Hurwitz          This firm is comprised of seven attorneys.       institutional investors that have been
     Sagarin represents plaintiffs in personal injury   A colleague considers them “incredibly              aggrieved by corporate stock fraud. The
     claims arising from vehicular collisions,          effective litigators that are always                firm’s success in recovering billions of
     medical malpractice and other incidents.           professional and well prepared.” Jeffrey            dollars for its clients has resulted in
     Litigators of Hurwitz Sagarin acquire the          Nobel and Robert Izard have been                    corporate governance reforms that are
     majority of their business from the referrals of   thoroughly praised by their peers                   precedent-setting. In addition to this
     other attorneys and past clients. The firm         nationwide. One competitor says, “These             prosperous securities practice, the firm has a
     practices in state and federal trial and           are serious litigation professionals. They          national practice in civil and human rights,
     appellate courts. The firm also represents         know what they’re doing.”                           ERISA and antitrust litigation.
     clients before administrative boards.                                                                     Scott & Scott recently settled a
        Practicing in the area of commercial            Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder                            shareholder derivative action against the
     litigation, employment law, class actions          With a history in Connecticut that spans 70         officers and directors of Banco Popular in
     and antitrust, David Slossberg is considered       years, Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder has                 Puerto Rico. The claim was based on
     to be a “cream of the crop” litigator. He has      developed into one of the finest trial firms in     allegations that the defendants engaged in
     had particular success pursuing class actions      the country and is certainly well regarded in       gross mismanagement, waste of corporate
     on behalf of consumers and small businesses        the state. One reason for the success of the        assets and breach of fiduciary duty. The firm
     that have been harmed by false advertising,        firm is its ability to handle a broad array of      is currently involved in securities claims
     fraud and negligence. J Daniel Sagarin             plaintiff’s claims. The firm practices in the       against Countrywide Financial, The
     focuses on class-action work in antitrust,         areas of personal injury, medical                   Timberland Company, Motorola, Acura
     securities fraud and ERISA matters. He             malpractice,       defective   and    harmful       Pharmaceutical and Advanta Corp. A
     frequently litigates in the area of personal       products, civil rights, False Claim Act             pending case against Office Depot alleges
     injury and professional malpractice. Other         lawsuits and commercial litigation, brought         that certain officers and directors of Office
     partners, Lewis Hurwitz and John Knuff,            on behalf of individuals and class actions.         Depot overstated the company’s profits and
     contribute to proclamations that the firm is       Recently, the firm received a jury verdict of       the value of its assets thereby defrauding
     “among the finest in state.” The firm has a        $58 million, an amount believed to be the           purchases of common stock and securities.
     loyal client base attributable to their            largest medical malpractice award in                The firm is also involved in consumer class
     previous successes and deep community ties.        Connecticut history. A jury also award the          actions against Prudential Insurance and
                                                        firm’s client $10 million for injuries              Colgate Palmolive and is prosecuting
     Izard Nobel                                        sustained when she fell into a coma after she       antitrust claims against Del Monte and JP
     Izard Nobel is a class action law firm             was given anesthesia with the wrong device.         Morgan Silver. The litigators at Scott &
     committed to aggressive advocacy on behalf of      The firm also settled a lawsuit against the         Scott have a reputation as being “extremely
     investors, employees, consumers and                largest smokeless tobacco company on                judicious in selecting what cases they get
     businesses that have suffered substantial losses   behalf of the family of a tobacco user who          involved in.” A competitor admits that Scott
     by corporate wrongdoers. The firm pursues          died of mouth cancer. The award was                 & Scott is “difficult to ignore, considering
     cases involving iniquities perpetuated by some     significant because at the time, no jury            their tremendous successes.”
     of the largest corporations in the country,        verdict had ever been delivered against the
     including Time Warner, Merck, Campbell             tobacco industry for harm caused by                 Silver Golub & Teitell
     Soup, AT&T and Enron. These efforts have           smokeless tobacco. The claim dealt with a           With over 30 years serving the Connecticut
     resulted in recoveries over $300 million. The      chaotic birth that resulted in a child’s            community, the litigators at Silver Golub &
     firm also works to recover pensions and losses     cerebral palsy. The firm is currently               Teitell have established themselves as
     from defective services and products. The firm     investigating claims against GlaxoSmith             relentless advocates for people who have
     has demonstrated proficiency in stock fraud        Kline regarding the diabetes treatment drug         suffered harm. Based in Stamford, the firm
     claims, executive compensation, broker             Avandia; AstraZeneca involving the                  has 12 attorneys that direct their

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distinguished pedigree and experience to          Recommended firms                                 In May 2011, the firm settled 32 sexual
serve individuals and businesses in claims of                                                       abuse lawsuits against St. Francis Hospital
personal injury, wrongful death and a broad       Cohen and Wolf                                    for a confidential settlement said to be in
array of business litigation. The firm’s          Cohen and Wolf was formed over 60 years           excess of $17 million. Firm co-founder, Joel
historic results include a record-breaking        ago by two attorneys committed to                 Faxon, made state history by obtaining the
$38.5 million jury verdict for a child brain-     providing Connecticut businesses with top-        largest settlement in a sexual abuse case
damaged by failing to perform a timely            shelf legal representation. With four offices     involving a parish priest. Michael Stratton,
delivery; a $35.8 million recovery on behalf      in Fairfield and New Haven counties, the          also a firm co-founder, made history by
of 70 Connecticut municipalities to recover       firm has over 50 lawyers that are capable of      securing the highest federal court verdict for
overcharges; a $4 billion recovery for            litigating all legal claims. The majority of      a man made paraplegic as a result of a work
Connecticut against the tobacco industry;         the law firm works in commercial litigation       injury.
and a $150 million settlement on behalf of a      and handles a great deal of defense work.
whistleblower against United Technologies         Nonetheless, the firm’s personal injury           Wofsey Rosen Kweskin & Kuriansky
under the False Claims Act statute. These         department has been particularly notable          The history of Wofsey Rosen Kweskin &
exemplary historic results have situated the      because of its substantially documented           Kuriansky can be traced to Connecticut
firm to continue its rise as one of the best      accomplishments. The firm recently settled        nearly a century ago. The firm has grown
litigation firms in the state. Recently, the      the case of an individual that had significant    from a solo practice to a firm of 22
firm secured $16 million in interest for a        injuries from a traumatic car accident;           attorneys, functioning as a full-service firm
client who had already won $12 million            resolved a premises liability claim of a          to individuals and businesses. The firm has a
against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. Firm              woman harmed at a shopping mall; and is           personal injury practice that focuses on
partners, David Golub, Richard Silver,            pursuing claims against a restaurant for          vehicular accidents, medical malpractice,
Ernest Teitell, Jonathan Levine and Angelo        negligent service. The personal injury            premises liability and defective products.
Ziotas are “a winning team, doing                 practice at the firm is led by Joseph Walsh       This practice area has been successful
outstanding work.”                                but gets support from the firm’s litigation       recovering millions of dollars in verdicts and
                                                  group. Walsh practices from the firm’s            settlements to recompense its clients for
Suisman Shapiro                                   Danbury office, and has over 20 years in          their injuries. A recent success is the
Suisman Shapiro is the largest firm in            personal injury and commercial litigation.        recovery of a seven-figure settlement for the
eastern Connecticut, and has a shared                                                               estate of an elderly gentleman that was
history that dates back more than 70 years.       Cowdery Ecker & Murphy                            caused to fall by the defendant’s failure to
The firm practices in the areas of personal       Founded over 35 years ago, Cowdery Ecker          follow industry standards, company policies
injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice,      & Murphy represents individuals and               and legal obligations. These injuries where
asbestos litigation, commercial litigation,       businesses throughout Connecticut in a            sustained when the path to the plaintiffs’
insurance and admiralty and maritime law.         broad spectrum of trial and appeals in state      apartment entrance was blocked. In
Because the firm’s success is inextricably        and federal courts, in both the plaintiff and     addition to a vibrant personal injury
linked to the needs of the community,             defense capacities. The disputes the firm gets    practice, the firm regularly represents
Suisman Shapiro tailors its practice areas to     involved with include business torts,             employees in employment disputes. This
meet the needs of the individuals and             commercial fraud, environmental law,              includes     negotiation,      drafting     of
residents of the community. The firm              professional liability, personal injury,          employment        agreement,       severance,
currently represents victims of the Kleen         wrongful death, securities and antitrust.         confidentiality and noncompetition issues.
Energy Plant explosion. The clients were          Steven Ecker’s practice is focused on             The firm also litigates claims of wrongful
employed by the power plant as pipe and           appellate litigation, personal injury and         discharge, discrimination, breach of
steamfitters and at this point, the claims        commercial litigation. Ecker was subject to       contract and sexual harassment in state and
primarily deal with workers’ compensation         significant     praise   after   successfully     federal courts as well as before
benefits. This win is notable because the         representing plaintiffs in a case challenging     administrative agencies. Stephen Finn,
settlement was in excess of the customary         then-Governor Jodi Rell’s seizure of $2           William Davoren and Daniel Young have
award for the client’s damage. The attorneys      million from the Judicial Department’s client     been praised for their individual litigation
demonstrated that injury to one part of the       security fund. Thomas Murphy, a former            capabilities. The firm, as a whole, is
body is not the only factor to consider when      assistant US attorney, is described by his        considered by peers to be “exemplary in
evaluating the impact of that injury to the       peers as “thoroughly invested in his work.”       every way.”
entire person.                                    One competitor describes James Cowdery as
   Litigator Matthew Shafner is a recognized      “extremely seasoned” and by all accounts,
expert in asbestos and maritime injury, as        this experience is paying dividends to the
well as in the fields of workers                  firm’s clientele.
compensation. He is responsible for many of
the firm’s successes and frequently prevails      Stratton Faxon
with unique theories of law. Matthew Auger        With an emphasis in the practice of personal
and John Collins III have also been               injury and medical malpractice, Stratton
identified by their peers as contributing to      Faxon also handles insurance disputes,
the firm’s reputation for “aggressive but         products liability, aviation disasters and
professional” advocacy. Collins has               wrongful death. Considered by many as one
obtained extraordinary verdicts and               of the top plaintiff’s personal injury firms in
settlements for the firm’s clients, including a   Connecticut, the firm counts a $44 million
$10 million settlement for a baby burned in       resolution in a birth trauma case; $30
a school fire and $1 million for a victim of      million of combined settlements in a
sexual abuse. A competitor says that the          commercial trucking accident; and $26.3
litigators of Suisman Shapiro are an              million for an employee paralyzed on the
“extremely classy bunch.”                         job among their record-breaking successes.




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