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Paul A. Slager

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Paul Slager has been recognized by his peers as a forceful and ethical advocate.  He has been listed by New England Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the six-state Northeastern region and by Connecticut Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Attorneys in Connecticut.  He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell.  Paul represents plaintiffs in cases stemming from catastrophic events involving medical malpractice, violent crimes, serious accidents, defective consumer products and sexual abuse.  He also represents individuals pursuing whistleblower actions, where an individual or company has defrauded the government, and represents small businesses and individuals on a contingent fee basis in significant business disputes.  His cases are designed to balance injustices and cause important institutional changes to improve public safety.

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Phone: (877) 731-9050
Fax: (203) 325-3769
E-mail: pslager@sgtlaw.com

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Paul Slager has been recognized by his peers as a forceful and ethical advocate.  He has been listed by New England Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the six-state Northeastern region and by Connecticut Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Attorneys in Connecticut.  He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell.  Paul represents plaintiffs in cases stemming from catastrophic events involving medical malpractice, violent crimes, serious accidents, defective consumer products and sexual abuse.  He also represents individuals pursuing whistleblower actions, where an individual or company has defrauded the government, and represents small businesses and individuals on a contingent fee basis in significant business disputes.  His cases are designed to balance injustices and cause important institutional changes to improve public safety.

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Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury and Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Civil Claims of Crime Victims
  • Whistleblower Actions
  • Fire Disasters
  • Business Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Sexual Abuse and Discrimination
  • Serious Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


Education

  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Juris Doctor
  • Honors College of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Honors & Awards

  • Appointed, Connecticut Task Force to Study Occurrences of Concussion in Youth Athletics
  • Appointed, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Civil Commission
  • Named, Connecticut Law Tribune Personal Injury Hall of Fame, Winner: Intentional Tort Category 
  • Named, Connecticut Law Tribune Personal Injury Hall of Fame, Winner: Product Liability Category
  • Elected, Executive Officer, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Elected, American Law Institute
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America
  • Rated, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, highest possible rating of legal abilities and ethical standards
  • Listed, Top 100 New England Lawyers in six state region, New England Super Lawyers*
  • Listed, Top 50 Connecticut Lawyers, Connecticut Super Lawyers*
  • Listed, New England Super Lawyers, 2007-14 (every published year)
  • Listed, Connecticut Super Lawyers, 2006-14 (every published year)
  • Named, one of the “Dozen Who Made a Difference,” Connecticut Law Tribune
  • Awarded, Brain Injury Association of Connecticut President’s Award, highest organizational recognition for outstanding volunteer service to Connecticut’s brain injury community
  • Listed, “Top Lawyers in Fairfield County,” Stamford, New Canaan-Darien, Greenwich and Westport Magazines
  • Listed, Best Lawyers, “The New York Area’s Best Lawyers,” New York Magazine
  • Named, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut, The National Trial Lawyers (formerly The American Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Appointed, Graduate Faculty, University of New Hampshire, Department of Family Studies, for service on Graduate Committee for Master’s Degree candidate

Recognized in the legal community

Paul’s advocacy for plaintiffs has been recognized by attorneys and judges familiar with his work. Some examples of this recognition include:

  • Paul has been appointed to the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Civil Commission
  • The Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association elected Paul as an Executive Officer of the Board of Directors and he currently serves in this role
  • Paul is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), a national organization dedicated to improving the law and publishing the Restatements of Law
  • New England Super Lawyers has listed Paul as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the six-state Northeast region, based on ratings and evaluation by attorneys and judges
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers has listed Paul as one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in the State, again based on peer ratings
  • The Connecticut Law Tribune profiled Paul as one of the Dozen Connecticut Attorneys Who Made A Difference in 2011
  • Paul is listed in the national edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest peer review publication in the legal profession
  • Martindale-Hubbell rates Paul as “AV Preeminent,” the highest available rating of legal ability and ethical standards, based entirely on peer reviews by attorneys and judges familiar with his work
  • Connecticut Magazine, Connecticut Super Lawyers and New England Super Lawyers all have listed Paul as a Connecticut and New England Super Lawyer every year the lists have been published, starting in 2006
  • The National Trial Lawyers (formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association) has listed Paul as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut every year since 2008

Paul has handled many high profile matters.  His cases have been featured in the New York Times, CNN and numerous other local and national media outlets.  He also has been interviewed on MSNBC and by other national media outlets to provide commentary on other important civil lawsuits throughout the country.


Helping victims of medical malpractice, catastrophic injury and trauma

Paul represents clients in a wide variety of highly complex medical negligence and other serious injury cases.  His practice is diverse, but focuses on cases involving the most severe injuries, including death and debilitating permanent disabilities.  A few examples of his recent cases include representing:

  • The family of Annie Le, the Yale University graduate student who was murdered in her campus laboratory;
  • The families of several infants who suffered catastrophic brain damage as a result of birth trauma or hypoxic injury sustained in the hospital shortly after their births;
  • The families of several patients who died from post-surgical infections in local hospitals following routine surgery, in medical negligence actions;
  • Two victims of the massive 2010 explosion at the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown, CT, including the widow of a Canadian man who died in the blast;
  • The victim of a notorious strangulation and assault at the Willow Springs Condominium Complex in New Milford, CT
  • A mother and children who were violently attacked and sexually assaulted in the family vehicle while it was parked in the parking garage of a local hotel
  • an infant who suffered severe brain damage in a case against a Connecticut hospital because his newborn screening tests, which are required by state law and which would have revealed a serious and treatable congenital condition, were not completed as required
  • The family of a 6-year-old boy who died from drowning as a result of becoming entrapped in the drain of the family swimming pool, which was was dangerously defective in a number of ways

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Dedicating his time and expertise to brain injury victims

Paul has a special interest and experience working with children and adults who have suffered brain injuries as a result of trauma, traumatic childbirth or other medical negligence.  He has volunteered hundreds of hours to support needy brain injury survivors in Connecticut.  For five years he served as President of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut, Inc. (BIAC, formerly the Brain Injury Association of Connecticut, Inc.), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Connecticut brain injury survivors.

He has been quoted frequently in articles about litigation involving the NFL, NCAA and brain injuries, has spoken many times on the subject of brain injury litigation and attends national conferences focused on cutting-edge issues related to representing survivors of brain injury.  His article, “Tackling Head Trauma: the Concussion Problem in Sports”, was published in the Sports Litigation Alert, a national publication for legal professionals practicing sports law.


Successfully protecting the rights of victims

Paul also has extensive experience representing victims of Connecticut’s most notorious crimes, where victims have suffered serious, preventable injuries.  He obtained a $28.5 million jury verdict in December 2013 against J. Michael Farren, a former Presidential advisor of Pres. George W. Bush, for the brutal assault of his wife in New Canaan, CT.*  In 2012, he recovered $3.9 million for a victim of a serious assault that should have been prevented at an apartment complex.  He also has successfully pursued civil claims related to sexual misconduct by priests, therapists and Boy Scout leaders on behalf of victims of child sexual abuse.  In connection with his representation of Connecticut victims of crimes in civil cases, he is an active member of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, which is affiliated with the National Center for Victims of Crime.

* Every case is different and these results are not intended to guarantee or predict future results in other cases.


Whistleblower actions and other business cases

Paul also has a special interest in representing persons in whistleblower actions, where those individuals have information indicating a company or person has defrauded the government.  He also has litigated significant claims for business losses and will represent business and individuals in meritorious cases on a contingent fee basis, where hourly legal fees are a barrier for those who have wrongly sustained significant losses.  Before joining Silver Golub & Teitell, he was a litigation and trial lawyer in Chicago, where his practice focused primarily on complex commercial litigation, including business torts, contract disputes and securities litigation.

Although his law practice is focused in Connecticut, Paul has successfully represented his clients in trials, hearings, arbitrations and mediations around the country.  He is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Connecticut, New York and Illinois and has handled or assisted in cases pending in the state or federal courts of Connecticut, New York, Illinois, Delaware, Georgia, Montana and South Dakota.  He has also worked on a number of appeals and successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (Member: Board of Governors, Executive Officer, Executive Committee Member, Medical Malpractice Committee and Continuing Legal Education Committee)
  • The Forum publication (Member, Editorial Board, 2007 – present; Editor-in-Chief, 2011 – present)
  • The American Law Institute (Elected Member)
  • American Association for Justice (Member, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group)
  • The National Trial Lawyers (Member and Listed, Top 100 Trial Lawyers)
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association & The National Center for Victims of Crime (Member)
  • Connecticut Bar Association (Member, Victims’ Rights Committee)
  • The Melvin M. Belli Society (Member)

Board Memberships

  • The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut, Inc.
    • President, Board of Directors (2008–2011; 2012-14)
    • Vice President, Board of Directors (2006-2008; 2011-2012)
    • Board of Directors (2006-14)
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
    • Board of Governors (2010-present)
    • Executive Committee member (2013-present)
    • Executive Officer (2014-present)
    • Editor-in-Chief, The Forum publication (2011-present)
    • Editorial Board, The Forum publication (2007-present)
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee (2007-present)
    • Medical Malpractice Committee (2007-present)
  • Connecticut Child Justice Foundation
    • Treasurer (2011-13)
    • Board of Directors (2011-13)

Published Works


Presentations and Lectures

  • “Connecticut Concussion Law 2014: A Legal Review of Concussion Law and Policy,” The Concussion Conference, Quinnipiac University, North Haven, CT, May 2014
  • Trial Advocacy College: Damages/Openings Faculty, American Association of Justice Education, Atlanta, GA, October 2013
  • “Home Invasion: Seeking Civil Justice for Condominium Victims of Serious Crimes,” 2013 National Conference, National Center for Victims of Crime and National Crime Victim Bar Association, Phoenix, AZ, September 2013
  • “Medical Malpractice: Trends and Issues,” Lecture, Stamford Hospital Clinical Grand Rounds, Stamford, CT, May 2013
  • “The Trauma of Survival: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Serious Injury Cases,” Maximizing Economic Damages Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Orange, CT, October 2012
  • “Protecting the Process: Shepherding Experts from Retention through Discovery,” Expert Witnesses Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Orange, CT, February 2011
  • “The Rewards and Hazards of Videotaping Depositions,” Taking, Defending and Utilizing Depositions Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Fairfield County Bar Association, Stamford, CT, February 2011
  • “Institutional Policy and Family Victimization” session, International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH, July 2010
  • “Lights…Camera…Action: the Costs and Benefits of Videotaping Depositions in Connecticut,” Winning Deposition Techniques Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Orange, CT, April 2010
  • “Proving Brain Injury Through Lay Witnesses,” Fundamentals of Brain Trauma Continuing Legal Education Seminar, New York, NY, October 2008
  • “Making Invisible Brain Injuries Visible,” Recognizing & Proving the Invisible Injury Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Orange, CT, May 2008
  • “Federal Practice Nuts and Bolts,” Feeling Confident in Federal Court Continuing Legal Education Seminar, New Haven, CT, May 2007
  • “Handling Unexpected Trial Emergencies,” Responding to Legal Emergencies Continuing Legal Education Seminar, New Haven, CT, October 2006

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* Connecticut Super Lawyers is published annually in the February issue of Connecticut Magazine and the November issue of New England Super Lawyers Magazine. Connecticut Super Lawyers is based on the survey of more than 13,000 attorneys across the state who have been in practice for five years or more. Please review each individual attorney’s biographical page for information about the year or years of selection by Super Lawyers.