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Update: Mental Health Issues Were Focus of Farren Appeal

CHRISTIAN NOLAN, The Connecticut Law Tribune. The Connecticut Appellate Court has upheld a $28.6 million civil verdict against a former White House lawyer who was accused—and criminally convicted—of nearly beating his ex-wife to death. The case presented the unique issue of whether a trial judge should have waited for an alleged suicidal defendant to be released… Read more >

Conn. Court Upholds $28.6 Million Verdict Against Former White House Lawyer

CHRISTIAN NOLAN, The Connecticut Law Tribune. The state Appellate Court has upheld a $28.6 million civil judgment against a former White House lawyer who has been accused — and criminally convicted — of nearly beating his ex-wife to death. John Michael Farren, a White House lawyer for former President George W. Bush, had argued on… Read more >

Attorneys Donate $50,000 Fee From Excessive-Force Case to ACLU

MEGAN SPICER, The Connecticut Law Tribune. The year 2015 was filled with encounters between police officers and black men that did not having happy endings. But here’s one that at least had a silver lining. A Norwich man who claimed to have been roughed up by local police filed an excessive-force lawsuit and won. Now… Read more >

Richard Silver & Michael Kennedy Present ‘Primer on Medical Negligence for Medical Students’ at Quinnipiac University

November 11, 2015 

Senior partner Richard A. Silver and attorney Michael R. Kennedy presented a “Primer on Medical Negligence for Medical Students” at the Frank H. Netter, MD, Medical School at Quinnipiac University on Monday, November 23. Attorney Silver is a member of both the Board of Trustees of Quinnipiac’s Medical School and the Advisory Board of the university’s… Read more >

Silver Golub & Teitell Flies Elmo at Stamford Thanksgiving Parade

November 11, 2015 

Silver Golub & Teitell is proud to have once again flown the Elmo balloon at the Stamford Thanksgiving parade, sharing the honors with Emmett & Glander. According to the Stamford Advocate, more than 100,000 people — a crowd nearly the size of the entire population of Stamford — were expected to attend. They gathered on… Read more >

SGT Partners Silver & Dreyer Speak at CTLA Seminar: Arguing Damages — Maximizing the Verdict

November 11, 2015 

Speakers Brian M. Flood, Esq. (Co-Chair) The Flood Law Firm, LLC Richard A. Silver, Esq. (Co-Chair) Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Pamela L. Cameron, Esq. Moore O’Brien & Foti Peter M. Dreyer, Esq. Silver Golub & Teitell LLP John J. Kennedy, Jr., Esq. Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, LLC Sean K. McElligott, Esq. Koskoff Koskoff… Read more >

Family sues Wilton, claims child was molested

Although he is now incarcerated, Wilton must deal with the aftermath of Eric Von Kohorn’s actions while he was a paraprofessional at Miller-Driscoll School. The family of a student has filed a civil lawsuit against both the town and the school district, alleging Von Kohorn sexually abused her. The suit alleges Von Korn sexually assaulted… Read more >

Wilton officials sued over sex allegations involving Fairfield man

STAMFORD — The parents of a 4-year-old girl claim the town of Wilton and the Wilton Board of Education are negligently responsible for allowing their daughter to be sexually assaulted by her former preschool aide. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Superior Court here, the parents, named in the suit as Mother and Father Doe,… Read more >

Law firm opens Waterbury satellite office

WATERBURY — A Stamford law firm with roots that stretch throughout Connecticut has opened new offices in Waterbury and Danbury. Richard A. Silver, a senior partner of Silver, Golub & Teitell, LLP, said the firm’s attorneys spend so much time in court…

Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Expands with Two New Offices in Waterbury and Danbury, CT

STAMFORD, CT (October 29, 2015) – Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, one of Connecticut’s leading medical malpractice, serious personal injury and complex civil litigation law firms, announces that it has opened two new offices in Waterbury and Danbury, CT. “We are excited about the continued growth of the firm and about expanding our presence in… Read more >

David S. Golub Receives Professional Excellence Award from CT Law Tribune

October 10, 2015 

David S. Golub received a Professional Excellence Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune at a special event at the New Haven Lawn Club last night. For years, the Law Tribune has honored young up-and-coming lawyers, calling them New Leaders of the Law.  The Professional Excellence Awards serve as a sort of bookend, honoring attorneys with 30 or more years… Read more >

Awareness, activism produce better concussion outcomes

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a four-part series about concussions. Subsequent installments will be published Oct. 18, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. Football helmets are the motif of choice in John Niski’s office at Shelton High School. Sure, there are trophies and baseball caps and everything else. But somehow, “Gaels” always looks… Read more >

Metro-North Death Reveals Legal Process for Challenging Medical Examiner’s Rulings

Tamar Louis was struck and killed by a New York City-bound Metro-North train on the morning of Aug. 7. Witnesses told investigators that she had been sitting on the platform, legs hanging off the side, swinging back and forth. Suddenly, she was on the tracks; to some, it appeared the 28-year-old Stamford woman dropped her… Read more >

SGT Partner Paul A. Slager To Speak at The Norwalk Youth Concussion Summit

August 8, 2015 

SGT partner Paul A. Slager will speak at The Norwalk Youth Concussion Summit tonight on “Educating Coaches and Parents Does Not Increase Liability” and will also moderate a panel with several local youth sports representatives. Hosted by the Mayor of Norwalk, Harry Rilling, the Norwalk Department of Health, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff and Executive… Read more >

Family of Bart Palosz sues Greenwich, public schools for failing to protect him from bullying

Almost two years after 15-year-old Bart Palosz committed suicide on the first day of his sophomore year at Greenwich High School, a lawsuit brought against the town sheds new light on the case and again raises the question of whether the school district should share the blame in the teenager’s decision to take his life. The… Read more >

Family of Greenwich teen files wrongful-death suit

GREENWICH – The parents of a 15-year-old who killed himself after years of bullying have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the town of Greenwich and the Board of Education. Bart Palosz committed suicide in August 2013 after the first day of his sophomore year at Greenwich High School. The suit, filed Wednesday, claims that local… Read more >

Press Release Re: Wrongful Death Lawsuit on Behalf of Bartlomiej F. Palosz

STAMFORD, CT (August 12, 2015) — The family of Bartlomiej Palosz – the 15-year-old Greenwich boy who committed suicide in 2013 at the beginning of his second year at Greenwich High School after being subjected to years of bullying in the Greenwich school system – announced today that it has brought a lawsuit against the… Read more >

Correction to Recent Articles about Lanza Estate Lawsuits

August 8, 2015 

By Angelo A. Ziotas Several news outlets across Connecticut reported this week that there are 14 estate plaintiffs and two personal injury plaintiffs (survivors) in the consolidated actions against the Estate of Nancy Lanza. This is incorrect. There had been two personal injury plaintiffs, but those two actions were withdrawn in April. Presently, there are… Read more >

Court Cites Doctor’s Inappropriate Testimony, Reverses Med-Mal Decision

In his 2012 medical malpractice trial, Dr. Samuel Maryles appeared in two capacities. He was the defendant. And he also served as an expert witness, in the eyes of the state Appellate Court. The court said the mixing of roles was improper, and the judges overturned a trial court verdict that had spared Maryles liability… Read more >

How Many Lawyers Signed the Declaration of Independence?

July 7, 2015 

As we celebrate the Fourth of July two days from now, marking the adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, how much do we really know about this document? There are many surprising facts about one of our most important founding documents that most of us simply don’t know.  On… Read more >

Silver Golub & Teitell Had an Active June for Sponsorships

July 7, 2015 

The firm takes great pride in its commitment to corporate social responsibility, and as part of that commitment, we sponsor as a firm or through individual partners support many worthy causes and organizations throughout Connecticut. Looking back at last month, for instance, we sponsored: The Bartlett Arboretum’s “A Summer Fete,” on June 4, an evening of… Read more >

David S. Golub Named Winner of CT Law Tribune Professional Excellence Award

June 6, 2015 

The Connecticut Law Tribune is proud to announce the winners of its first-ever Professional Excellence Awards, including David S. Golub of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP. The state’s legal newspaper has honored young up-and-coming lawyers for years calling them New Leaders of the Law.  The Professional Excellence Awards serve as a sort of bookend, honoring… Read more >

Richard Silver: CTLA Continues To Fight Against Forces That Curtail Our Clients’ Rights

June 6, 2015 

During my presidency, a major legislative medical malpractice battle occurred, fomented by physicians and the medical malpractice insurance companies.  There was an attempt to institute legislation which would take away the rights of our clients.  I spent almost every day of the legislative session coordinating with Jay Malcynsky and his team.  Fortunately, we were able… Read more >

Looking Back — and Ahead — at the Importance of the CT Trial Lawyers Association

June 6, 2015 

It is hard to believe it’s been 10 years since I was president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)!  That was the year we first moved to Water’s Edge for our full day meeting; the Workers Compensation Committee was formally created to recognize the work being done by the folks in that part of our… Read more >

Irony not dead in this CT campaign finance fight

The Democratic Party is using federal campaign finance reforms co-sponsored by former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, a Republican, to challenge a subpoena issued by state elections officials investigating a GOP complaint about the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Shays said Democrats are exploiting what he says was an unintended consequence of his pushing the… Read more >

Democrats refuse to release subpoenaed Malloy campaign emails

Democrats have refused to turn over campaign emails to the state’s elections enforcement agency, which subpoenaed them as part of an investigation into Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election campaign funding. State Democratic Party lawyer David Golub wrote the state Elections Enforcement Commission Monday, saying that the agency does not have jurisdiction in the matter. Hearst Connecticut… Read more >

John Doe vs. Fairfield County Council of Boy Scouts of America, Inc. et al. — Jury Verdict Review & Analysis

Attorneys for Plaintiff: Paul Slager & Jennifer Cohen Goldstein Silver Golub & Teitell LLP $7,000,010 VERDICT – PERSONAL NEGLIGENCE – SEXUAL ASSAULT – PLAINTIFF WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED NUMEROUS TIMES BY ANOTHER OLDER SCOUT – VIOLATION OF CONNECTICUT’S UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES ACT. Waterbury County, Connecticut. In this matter, the plaintiff former boy scout alleged that… Read more >

Lawmakers Debate Extending Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases

— Plaintiffs bar, doctors face off in statute of limitations debate — by Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune In most instances, Connecticut parents have just two years after a mishap to bring personal injury claims in court on behalf of their children. Plaintiffs lawyers are saying that’s not long enough, and that Connecticut needs… Read more >

Think Quickly about Your Constitutional Rights. What Comes to Mind?

May 5, 2015 

Freedom of Speech?  Freedom of Religion?  Protection from Self-Incrimination?  Due Process of Law? Among the many freedoms in the Bill of Rights and the Connecticut Constitution is one that often goes unnoticed. It is the right to a jury trial in suits at common law, which includes negligence. Specifically, the Seventh Amendment provides: “In Suits… Read more >

Youth Athletics Concussion Bill Raises Awareness & Prevention — and Needs Your Support

April 4, 2015 

A bill currently before Connecticut lawmakers — raised as H.B. No. 6722, An Act Concerning Concussions in Youth Athletics — would expand protections to children ages 7-18 in sports outside of school.  Under the proposed bill, beginning in 2016, anyone hosting a youth athletic activity would need to provide an annual statement regarding concussions to… Read more >

$7 Million Award Against Boy Scouts of America for Sexual Assault of Minor

In the late 1970s, Siegfried Hepp, a teenager, was a youth patrol leader in Fairfield County Council Boy Scout Troop 137 of New Fairfield, Connecticut. John Doe, then 11-years-old, was also a member of Troop 137. Doe claimed Hepp sexually assaulted him three times during Boy Scout activities, including during an overnight camping trip, a… Read more >

Tully Knight admits responsibility in 2008 death of Nick Parisot

STAMFORD – John “Tully” Knight admitted Friday that he was responsible for the death of 13-year-old Nick Parisot nearly seven years ago. Officials say that Parisot was riding his dirt bike in the woods near his family’s Wilton home back in June 2008 when he hit a rope that had been strung between two trees.… Read more >

Time for Connecticut To Pass Bill Protecting Young Athletes from Concussions

March 3, 2015 

It seems that every day we learn more about the damage concussions can do to young athletes.  As adults, we have a responsibility to give each other the information and resources to deal with the prevention and treatment of concussions. In 2010, Connecticut lawmakers responded to this issue by adopting An Act Concerning Student Athletes and Concussions,… Read more >

Listening and Open-Ended Questions in Voir Dire

March 3, 2015 

Unlike lawyers who try to indoctrinate potential jurors during the process, I believe that the most important goal of voir dire is to obtain information about the potential juror.  Jury research shows that when you try to indoctrinate or shape a juror’s thinking about a case, you end up not only failing to achieve that… Read more >

Latest Newtown Lawsuits Name Shooter’s Mother

The families of eight people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 have filed new lawsuits against the estate of Nancy Lanza, the mother of the young gunman. The two lawsuits filed in Superior Court in Bridgeport claim that Lanza was careless in allowing her son to get his hands on an unsecured… Read more >

Upcoming CTLA Seminar — Pick ‘Em & Win: The Art and Science of Jury Selection

Friday, March 20, 2015 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Grassy Hill Country Club 441 Clark Lane Orange, CT   Program chairs Cindy L. Robinson, Esquire,Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney, PC, Bridgeport Ernest F. Teitell, Esquire, Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, Stamford Faculty Peter M. Dreyer, Esquire, Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, Stamford Brian M. Flood, Esquire, The… Read more >

Personal Injury Hall of Fame — Boy Scouts Liable For Troop Leader’s Assaults: $7 Million (Winner: Intentional Tort)

Case: John Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Attorneys: Paul Slager, Jennifer Goldstein Law Firm: Silver Golub & Teitell Dozens of civil lawsuits are pending against the Boy Scouts of America across the country, many of them alleging sexual abuse by scout leaders decades ago. Few such cases have gone to trial before a jury.… Read more >

$11.8 Million Verdict Against Boy Scouts For Sexual Abuse and Cover-up

A Waterbury, CT, jury awarded a former boy scout $7 million in compensatory damages for the sexual molestation and assault he suffered in the mid-1970s at the hands of a Boy Scout youth leader. The trial judge tacked on nearly $5 million in punitive damages, rendering a total verdict of $11.8 million against Boy Scouts of… Read more >

Op-Ed: Time to pass bill protecting young athletes from concussions

By: MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE ON YOUTH ATHLETICS AND CONCUSSIONS. | March 5, 2015 It seems that every day we learn more about the damage concussions can do to young athletes. As adults, we have a responsibility to give each other the information and resources to deal with the prevention and treatment of concussions.… Read more >

Bar Groups Track Right-To-Die Legislation, Other Bills

The legislative Judiciary Committee has plenty of high-profile issues before it this session, including proposals addressing juvenile justice, domestic violence prevention and foreclosure mediation. But there are smaller issues as well, dealing with power of attorney to search warants to statutes of limitations in civil cases, that are being closely tracked by Connecticut bar groups.… Read more >

Paul Slager & Jennifer Goldstein Win Personal Injury Hall of Fame Award for Largest Known Compensatory Damages Verdict Against Boy Scouts of America

February 2, 2015 

We are honored to announce that Paul A. Slager and Jennifer B. Goldstein have won a Personal Injury Hall of Fame award from the Connecticut Law Tribune for their Boy Scouts of America verdict, John Doe v. Fairfield County Council of Boy Scouts of America, Inc.; Connecticut Yankee Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America; The Boy… Read more >

Law Tribune Reveals Personal Injury Hall of Fame Winners

The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce its second annual Personal Injury Hall of Fame Awards.  Among the winners: Winner: Silver Golub & Teitell; Paul Slager and Jennifer Goldstein; John Doe v. Boy Scouts of America; Boy Scout sex abuse; $7 million. The awards are given for the top plaintiffs verdicts, settlements and arbitration… Read more >

Connecticut jury awards $7M in Boy Scouts abuse case

Dozens of civil lawsuits are pending against the Boy Scouts of America across the country. But now a Connecticut case has resulted in a $7 million verdict against the Boy Scouts. It’s believed to be the largest compensatory damages verdict against the organization and the first Boy Scout case to go to a jury verdict… Read more >

Boy Scouts Abuse Case Confirms ‘Confidential Files’

Dozens of civil lawsuits are pending against the Boy Scouts of America across the country, many of them alleging sexual abuse by scout leaders decades ago. Few such cases have gone to trial before a jury. But now a Connecticut case has resulted in a $7 million verdict against the Boy Scouts. It’s believed to… Read more >

Connecticut Child Justice Foundation Stands Up for Children in Need

January 1, 2015 

There are an extraordinary number of children under the custody and care of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) and/or in Foster Care that are in need of special educational services.  Unfortunately, these children are then often deprived of the additional services they need to fully understand the information that’s presented to them… Read more >