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Sean K. McElligott, a graduate of Yale Law School, is an experienced trial lawyer representing people suffering catastrophic injuries from medical malpractice, dangerous products and negligence.

Sean has obtained numerous significant jury verdicts in Connecticut since 2011. His verdicts include: a $12 million verdict involving negligent surgical technique; a $10.5 million verdict for a patient  rendered comatose by negligent anesthesia care; a $6.5 million verdict involving the death of a forty-four-year-old man from improper sodium treatment, a $4.35 million verdict for a woman who suffered spinal cord damage from a negligently placed epidural needle, a $4.25 million verdict on behalf of a man who suffered a nerve injury to his neck during surgery, a $2.45 million verdict on behalf of a same sex couple where one spouse died as a result of negligent cancer treatment; and numerous other verdicts in excess of $1 million.  Attorney McElligott has also obtained numerous confidential settlements totaling more than $100 million.

He also maintains an active appellate practice in both state and federal court. Sean won an important appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court involving the rights of same sex couples to the loss of consortium remedy in Connecticut. He won several important cases involving the provision of adequate insurance to negligence victims.  As part of a team of lawyers, he appeared before the United States Supreme Court in a case raising important issues of appellate jurisdiction. Sean has appeared several times before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a case seeking to improve police practices in Bridgeport. He has also authored amicus briefs on behalf of members of the United States Congress.

Contact Details

Phone: (203) 916-5796
Email: Sean McElligott
Fax: (203) 325-3769


Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Serious Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, 2001, Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1996, Bachelor of Arts

Honors & Awards

  • Served as a Commissioner on the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, 2011-2014; 2016-2019
  • Received Commitment to Justice Award for extraordinary pro bono service from InMotion, an organization that provides free legal services to low-income women and children, 2004
  • Recognized as “New Leader in the Law” by Connecticut Law Tribune, 2012
  • Named “Rising Trial Lawyer” by the Connecticut Law Tribune, 2014
  • Recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune Personal Injury Hall of Fame, for Achieving Highest Verdict, Medical Malpractice Category, 2011 and 2015
  • Super Lawyer*  as recognized by New England Super Lawyers* Magazine and Connecticut Magazine, 2013-Present
  • Super Lawyers* Rising Star 2008-2012, as recognized by New England Super Lawyers* Magazine and Connecticut Magazine

Pro Bono Civil Rights Practice

Sean maintains an active pro bono civil right practice representing victims of police brutality, exonerees and Connecticut prisoners mistreated by guards.  He was part of a team achieving a first of its kind $6 million settlement on behalf of Rick Ireland, a Connecticut exoneree who was wrongfully incarcerated for 19 years.  In 2019, Sean tried a prisoner brutality case to verdict in Federal Court with the assistance of a team of law students from Quinnipiac University and fellows who were recent graduates from Yale Law School.

Sean lives in New Haven County with his spouse Sarah Russell, a law professor at Quinnipiac University, and his three children. Sean played Varsity Soccer and Ice Hockey for Trinity College and currently coaches in the Yale Youth Hockey program in New Haven.

Judicial Appointments

  • Standing Committee on Recommendations to the Bar in Fairfield County, 2018-present

Published Works

  • Co-author of The Medical Malpractice Trial (2019), a book designed to assist lawyers from around the country to improve their courtroom advocacy skills
  • Co-author of Connecticut Personal Injury Forms, Second Edition (2014)

Seminars/Classes Taught

  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Ohio Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Numerous presentations to Connecticut lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association of Justice
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • New Haven County Bar Association (Member: Board of Directors, 2015-present)
  • Connecticut Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Simpson Thacher and Bartlett, New York

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