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Paul A. Slager

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Paul Slager was listed by Connecticut Super Lawyers* as one of the Top 10 Attorneys in Connecticut in 2019. He represents plaintiffs in complex, high-value cases, where people have suffered life-changing personal or financial injuries. Paul is the Immediate Past President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, a bar association serving more than 1,300 member trial attorneys across the state. He is the only attorney to have three different case results inducted as winners in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Personal Injury Hall of Fame. He also has twice been named the Best Lawyers Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year (Stamford, Product Liability Litigation).

Paul also has been listed repeatedly by New England Super Lawyers* as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the six-state region and by Connecticut Super Lawyers* as one of the Top 50 Attorneys in Connecticut. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America* and enjoys a Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating of “AV Preeminent,” the highest possible rating.  Paul’s cases stem from catastrophic events involving medical malpractice, sexual abuse, violent crimes, interstate trucking, defective consumer products and serious accidents. He accepts cases only after first carefully investigating the merits and only when he believes cases are required to balance important injustices, improve public safety or otherwise make a positive impact in the community.

Consistent with his interest in handling complex cases, Paul also has represented businesses and individuals on a contingency fee basis in significant and complex business disputes.  He also has represented people in state and federal whistleblower actions, where citizens become aware of illegal or unethical conduct. In those cases, private citizens can recover significant rewards for confidentially informing the government of a fraud through court or agency filings. Paul’s experience as a tested trial lawyer with significant courtroom experience shapes his approach to these cases and he has filed cases for clients pursuant to the federal False Claims Act (sometimes referred to as “qui tam” cases), the SEC whistleblower program (where a private citizen becomes aware of possible securities law violations) and the IRS Whistleblower Law (where a private citizen becomes aware of a significant tax fraud).

 

 

 

 

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Contact Details

Phone: (203) 325-4491
Email: pslager@sgtlaw.com

Fax: (203) 325-3769

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Paul Slager was listed by Connecticut Super Lawyers* as one of the Top 10 Attorneys in Connecticut in 2019. He represents plaintiffs in complex, high-value cases, where people have suffered life-changing personal or financial injuries. Paul is the Immediate Past President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, a bar association serving more than 1,300 member trial attorneys across the state. He is the only attorney to have three different case results inducted as winners in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Personal Injury Hall of Fame. He also has twice been named the Best Lawyers Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year (Stamford, Product Liability Litigation).

Paul also has been listed repeatedly by New England Super Lawyers* as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the six-state region and by Connecticut Super Lawyers* as one of the Top 50 Attorneys in Connecticut. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America* and enjoys a Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating of “AV Preeminent,” the highest possible rating.  Paul’s cases stem from catastrophic events involving medical malpractice, sexual abuse, violent crimes, interstate trucking, defective consumer products and serious accidents. He accepts cases only after first carefully investigating the merits and only when he believes cases are required to balance important injustices, improve public safety or otherwise make a positive impact in the community.

Consistent with his interest in handling complex cases, Paul also has represented businesses and individuals on a contingency fee basis in significant and complex business disputes.  He also has represented people in state and federal whistleblower actions, where citizens become aware of illegal or unethical conduct. In those cases, private citizens can recover significant rewards for confidentially informing the government of a fraud through court or agency filings. Paul’s experience as a tested trial lawyer with significant courtroom experience shapes his approach to these cases and he has filed cases for clients pursuant to the federal False Claims Act (sometimes referred to as “qui tam” cases), the SEC whistleblower program (where a private citizen becomes aware of possible securities law violations) and the IRS Whistleblower Law (where a private citizen becomes aware of a significant tax fraud).

 

 

 

 

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Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury and Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Civil Claims of Crime Victims
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Fire Disasters
  • Product Liability
  • Other Serious Personal Injury
  • Whistleblower Actions (False Claims Act/Qui Tam)
  • SEC Whistleblower Actions
  • IRS Whistleblower Law
  • Business Litigation

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


Education

  • The University of Michigan Law SchooI, Juris Doctor
  • The University of Michigan, Honors College of Literature, Science & the Arts

Honors & Awards

  • Inducted, Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited to 500 active Fellows in the United States)
  • Elected. President, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Appointed, Executive Committee, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Appointed, Connecticut General Assembly 2019-2020 Task Force to Study the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse Actions
  • Appointed, Connecticut General Assembly 2014-2015 Task Force to Study Occurrences of Concussion in Youth Athletics
  • Elected, National Advisory Board, National Crime Victims Bar Association of the National Center for Victims of Crime
  • Elected, Board Member, CHILD USadvocacy
  • Elected, American Law Institute
  • Named, First 100 Plus Leader, for making a positive difference assisting Connecticut victims of domestic violence, Connecticut Coalition on Domestic Violence
  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America, Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year, Stamford, Product Liability Litigation, 2016 and 2018
  • Received, Partners’ Award, Connecticut General Assembly Commission on Children
  • Appointed, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Civil Commissions for the years 2013-16
  • Named, Connecticut Law Tribune Personal Injury Hall of Fame, Winner: Intentional Tort Category
  • 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
  • Connecticut Law Tribune Top Verdicts and Settlements, Kramer v. Markind, et al. jury trial verdict recognized as Top 3 Medical Malpractice Verdict in Connecticut in 2016
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America* (Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs; Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs)
  • 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* (Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff, Business Litigation) (every year published)
  • Listed, Connecticut Super Lawyers* (Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff, Business Litigation) (every year published)
  • Named, one of the “Dozen Who Made a Difference in 2011,” Connecticut Law Tribune
  • Awarded, Brain Injury Association of Connecticut President’s Award, organization’s highest recognition for outstanding volunteer service to Connecticut’s brain injury community
  • 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 in 2009

Helping victims of medical malpractice, catastrophic injury and trauma

A few examples of Paul’s cases include representation of:

  • The family of Annie Le, the Yale University graduate student who was murdered in her campus laboratory
  • The families of a number of infants who suffered brain damage or other serious injuries as a result medical negligence related to labor and delivery
  • Many victims of childhood sexual abuse in cases against the Boy Scouts of America, schools and other responsible institutions
  • The families of patients in medical negligence actions, whose loved ones died from post-surgical infections in hospitals following routine surgeries
  • 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 her 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 six-year-old boy who died from drowning as a result of becoming entrapped in the drain of the family swimming pool, which was dangerously defective in a number of ways

Presentations and Lectures

  • “The Child Sexual Abuse Epidemic: Representing Child Victims,” Presenter, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Southbury, CT, December 2018
  • “Concussion Litigation and Potential Economic Impact on Sports,” Guest Lecture and Panelist, University of Connecticut Sports and Economics Course, Storrs, CT, July 2018
  • “Whacked: Impact, Sports, and Young Athletes’ Brains,” University of Connecticut Science Salon, Hartford, CT, February 2018
  • “Medical Malpractice: Perspectives from your Patients,” Yale University School of Medicine, Grand Rounds, New Haven, CT, September 2017
  • “Understanding & Presenting Evidence of Significant Emotional Damages,” Co-chair and Presenter, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Orange, CT, March 2016
  • “Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Connecticut,” Professional Training Seminar, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, June 2015
  • “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

Published Works


In the News

* 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.