Paul A. Slager
Paul Slager, a partner, represents plaintiffs in cases stemming from catastrophic events involving medical malpractice, violent crimes, serious accidents, defective consumer products and sexual abuse and harassment. 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.
Recognized in the legal community
Paul has been recognized by his peers as a forceful and ethical advocate. Some recent examples of this recognition include:
- Appointed to the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch's Civil Commission
- New England Super Lawyers lists 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 lists 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 has rated 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 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 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 asked by other media outlets to provide commentary on other important civil lawsuits.
Helping victims of catastrophic injury and trauma
Paul represents clients in a wide variety of highly complex medical negligence, brain injury, and serious injury cases. His practice focuses on cases involving the most severe injuries, including death and debilitating permanent disabilities. A few of his recent notable cases include representing:
- the family of a man who died from a post-surgical infection in a local hospital following routine surgery, in a medical negligence action;
- two victims of the massive 2010 explosion at the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown, including the widow of a Canadian man who died in the blast;
- an infant who suffered serious brain damage when she did not receive the routine respiratory support she required promptly after her birth at a hospital in Connecticut;
- 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 required by state law, which would have revealed a serious and treatable congenital condition, were not completed as required; and,
- 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.
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 during childbirth or as a result of other trauma. He has volunteered hundreds of hours to support needy brain injury survivors in Connecticut. He is now serving in his fourth year 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 is also an active member of the National Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, and attends national conferences focused on cutting edge issues related to representing survivors of brain injury. His piece, "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 represented many victims of crime in civil cases, where negligence has caused victims to suffer serious injuries that should have been prevented. He has obtained significant recoveries for victims of crime in many high-profile cases, including highly publicized cases where inadequate security has resulted in death or serious injury, as well as civil claims against 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 a member of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, which is affiliated with the National Center for Victims of Crime, and was a member of the Connecticut Bar Association's Committee for Victims of Crime.
Many of Paul's most notable results are confidential settlements, but a few examples of recent recoveries include:
- $7.5 million settlement recovery in 2011 on behalf of a widow and her husband’s Estate in a wrongful death action.
- $15 million recovery in a wrongful death case involving the tragic, preventable death of a young Connecticut child.
- $10 million and $6.4 million, respectively, in two separate cases against Connecticut hospitals and physicians on behalf of infants who were seriously injured as a result of medical negligence.
- $5 million in a medical negligence case for the widow of a man who died from a treatable post-surgical complication.
- $2.75 million on behalf of a child who suffered head injuries when dropped by a caregiver who fell down a dangerously defective stairway.
- $3.125 million for two brain injury survivors injured in a Long Island Sound boating collision.
- $2.5 million on behalf of a pedestrian who suffered traumatic brain injury when she was struck by a car while crossing the street.*
* 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.
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
- Sex abuse and discrimination
- Serious injuries and death
- New York
- 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
- The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Juris Doctor
- Honors College of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Honors and Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America, 17th Edition
- Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated: AV Preeminent, highest peer review rating of legal abilities and ethical standards
- Top 100 Lawyers in New England 2012, New England Super Lawyers
- Top 50 Lawyers in Connecticut 2012, Connecticut Super Lawyers*
- New England Super Lawyers, Listed 2007-2012
- Connecticut Super Lawyers, Listed 2006-2012
- "Dozen Who Made a Difference in 2011," Connecticut Law Tribune
- 2011 President’s Award, highest organizational recognition for outstanding volunteer service to Connecticut’s brain injury community, The Brain Injury Association of Connecticut
- "Top Lawyers in Fairfield County," Stamford, New Canaan-Darien, Greenwich and Westport Magazines, 2010-2012
- Best Lawyers, “The New York Area's Best Lawyers,” New York Magazine 2010-2012
- Best Lawyers, Connecticut’s Best Lawyers and New York’s Best Lawyers, 2013
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut, The National Trial Lawyers (formerly, The American Trial Lawyers Association), 2008-2012
- Graduate Faculty, University of New Hampshire, Department of Family Studies, for service on Graduate Committee for Master's Degree candidate, 2009-2010
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (Member: Board of Governors, Executive Committee, 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 (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)
- The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut, Inc.
- President, Board of Directors (2008–2011; 2012-present)
- Vice President, Board of Directors (2006-2008; 2011-2012)
- Board of Directors (2006-present)
- Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
- Board of Governors (2010-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-present)
- Board of Directors (2011-present)
- The NFL Head Trauma Settlement: For the Love of the Game?
- "Is There A Winner In This Game? The NFL Head Trauma Settlement," By Attorney Paul Slager, September 2013
- "Evaluating an Attorney’s Expertise," Brainwaves, August 2012
- Book Chapter, "Climbing the Malpractice Mountain: A Survey of Challenges in the Modern Medical Negligence Lawsuit," Representing Plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice Cases, Thomson Reuters, 2012
- "Brain Injury and the Law: A Primer for Survivors & Families," Making Strides, July 2010
- "Flying Blind: The Ramifications of Hamilton v. USAA," by Paul Slager and Amanda R. Whitman, The Forum, Winter 2010
- "Tackling Head Trauma: the Concussion Problem in Sports," Sports Litigation Alert, March 2009
- "Legal Recourse After Brain Injury: Issues for Consideration," Making Strides, July 2008
- "Shutting Down Objectionable Conduct", The Forum, Spring 2006
Presentations and Lectures
- "Medical Malpractice: Trends and Issues," Lecture, Stamford Hospital Clinical Grand Rounds, Stamford, Connecticut, May 2013
- "The Trauma of Survival: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Serious Injury Cases," Maximizing Economic Damages Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Orange, Connecticut, October 2012
- "Protecting the Process: Shepherding Experts from Retention through Discovery," Expert Witnesses Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Orange, Connecticut, February 2011
- "The Rewards and Hazards of Videotaping Depositions," Taking, Defending and Utilizing Depositions Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Fairfield County Bar Association, Stamford, Connecticut, 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, Connecticut, April 2010
- "Proving Brain Injury Through Lay Witnesses," Fundamentals of Brain Trauma Continuing Legal Education Seminar, New York, New York, October 2008
- "Making Invisible Brain Injuries Visible," Recognizing & Proving the Invisible Injury Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Orange, Connecticut, May 2008
- "Federal Practice Nuts and Bolts," Feeling Confident in Federal Court Continuing Legal Education Seminar, New Haven, Connecticut, May 2007
- "Handling Unexpected Trial Emergencies," Responding to Legal Emergencies Continuing Legal Education Seminar, New Haven, Connecticut, October 2006
- Concussion Legislation Would Limit Contact Sports
- Conn. lawmakers address student-athlete injuries
- Paul Slager Testifies in Support of CT HB 5113 -- An Act Concerning Youth Athletics and Concussions
- Editorial: A Time for Trial
- Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Sponsors BIAC Annual Conference on Brain Injury
- Jury Awards $28.6 Million to Ex-Wife in Beating by Former Bush Aide
- Accused Ex-White House Attorney Was No-Show At Civil Trial
- Ex-Skadden Lawyer Wins $28.6 Million From Her Ex-Husband (A Former GC And White House Lawyer)
- Former White House attorney held liable in ex-wife's beating
- Farren Civil Assault Case Moving Forward
- DeMaio seeks transfer to psychiatric facility
- Farren allowed to take over his defense
- Scouts' Honor Goes on the Line, February 2013
- Connecticut Boy Scouts Council Sued Over Alleged Sex Abuse, February 2013
- Ex-Bush Aide Claims Indigence, August 2012
- Settlements Reached in More Kleen Energy Lawsuits, March 2012
- A 'Cheerleader' for Head Trauma Victims, December 2011
- Model Mediation Yields Settlements, Including Slager's Case, November 2011
- Why the Annie Le Lawsuit Matters, September 2011
- Family of Slain Yale University Student Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit, September 2011
- Stamford Marriott's Negligence Led To Parking Garage Rape, May 2008
- Complaint: Multiple Code Violations Led To Greenwich Child Drowning, January 2008
- Physician's Widow Accepts $5M Settlement, July 2007
- Subway Restaurant Settles Landmark Case, April 2007
- SGT Attorneys Bring Lawsuit For Victims of Day Care Sexual Abuse
- Second Victim Alleges Scoutmaster Sexual Abuse Stems From Lack Of Supervision, January 2006
- Former Boy Scout Child Sexual Abuse Victim Suit Claims Lack Of Supervision, July 2005
- Lawsuit: Negligence Led To Lawnmower Amputation, February 2005
- Op Ed, Paul Slager On Priestly Privilege, January 23rd, 2005
- Alter Boy Sex Abuse Victim Settles Case With Bridgeport Diocese, January 2005
- SGT's Slager Represents Victim of Stamford Town Center Mall Explosion, October 2002
Contact Paul Slager to discuss your legal needs
Individuals and businesses in Connecticut rely on the skill and professionalism of the trial attorneys at Silver Golub & Teitell LLP. We take both business and personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. Contact us online to find out how we can help. We represent individuals and businesses in personal injury, wrongful death, and business litigation throughout the state of Connecticut, including Fairfield County, New Haven County, Hartford County, and the following communities:
* 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.