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The Art and Science of Trial Law

January 23, 2020 

By Angelo A. Ziotas (Excerpted from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association FORUM, Fall 2019) — Try your case, be prepared to pounce and be sure to create your record for appeal. The party that prevails at trial most often succeeds in framing the dispute on his or her own terms.  So, you must prepare your… Read more >

Mom uses own experience to weigh in on concussion bill

February 23, 2016 

NORWALK, CT (WFSB) – Lawmakers are debating a concussion bill that was created to help make children safer and parents smarter. When Katharine Snedaker watches children take part in athletic activities, she said she sometimes thinks about her son who suffered a head injury during recess. “He was out of school for three and a… Read more >

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

October 22, 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 >

Correction to Recent Articles about Lanza Estate Lawsuits

August 5, 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 There had been two personal injury plaintiffs, but those two actions were withdrawn in April.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 >

How Many Lawyers Signed the Declaration of Independence?

July 2, 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 2, 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 30, 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 18, 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 17, 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 >

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

May 13, 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 30, 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 >

Time for Connecticut To Pass Bill Protecting Young Athletes from Concussions

March 30, 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 27, 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

March 19, 2015 

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 >

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

March 17, 2015 

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

March 17, 2015 

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

March 5, 2015 

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

March 5, 2015 

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 6, 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 >

Connecticut Child Justice Foundation Stands Up for Children in Need

January 15, 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 >

Silver Golub & Teitell Once Again Flies Elmo in Stamford’s Thanksgiving Balloon Parade

November 24, 2014 

Like so many times in the past, Silver Golub & Teitell again sponsored the Elmo Balloon in Stamford’s annual Thanksgiving Balloon Parade. Members of the firm that participated has balloon handlers and banner holders included: Lynn Douglass Natasha Gold (Balloon Captain) Jennifer Goldstein David Golub Jane Grein Daniel Jo Mike Kennedy Marilyn Ramos Marlena Rustici Ernie Teitell… Read more >

Food for Thought — Medical Malpractice: By the Numbers

October 21, 2014 

The newly updated briefing book on Medical Malpractice: By the Numbers from the Center for Justice & Democracy at New York Law School offers the latest statistics and research on issues related to medical malpractice. The nearly 500 footnotes linking to original sources cover a wide range of topics, including: medical malpractice litigation; health care… Read more >

Four Cases from Silver Golub & Teitell Inducted into CT Law Tribune Personal Injury Hall of Fame

October 8, 2014 

We are honored that our partners at Silver Golub & Teitell LLP in Stamford had these four verdicts and settlements inducted into the Connecticut Law Tribune Personal Injury Hall of Fame.  Their achievements are being honored at a gala dinner in Hartford, CT, tonight.  These four cases include: Farren v. Farren Intentional Tort – $28.6 Million… Read more >

A Streamlined Medical Malpractice System Is Good for the Health of Society

September 30, 2014 

There has been a significant reduction in the number of medical malpractice actions brought in Connecticut in the last 10 years — but those cases that are brought reveal important details of common medical errors. They ultimately promote patient safety and lead to beneficial institutional change. A 2005 law requires that before a medical malpractice… Read more >

In Military Care, A Pattern of Errors …

September 23, 2014 

The New York Times published an article several months ago, “In Military Care, A Pattern of Errors but Not Scrutiny,” pointing out significant medical malpractice issues in military hospitals,  a sprawling medical network that is entirely separate from the scandal-plagued VA system. These hospitals provide care for 1.6 million active-duty service members and their families. Under… Read more >

Nurse-Attorney? What’s a Nurse-Attorney?

September 16, 2014 

We are all familiar with nurses and lawyers, but the term “nurse-attorney” can raise questions.  First of all, you might think that a “nurse-attorney” is just a nurse who happened to go to law school, just as a business major might happen to do or a teacher.  Yet we don’t call them “business-attorney” or “teacher-attorney.” … Read more >

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage in a Motor Vehicle Accident: Why It’s So Important

August 20, 2014 

What is uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) insurance coverage?  This is insurance you pay for as part of your automobile insurance policy.  It protects you in the event you are injured in a motor vehicle accident and the person who caused the accident does not have insurance or has insufficient insurance to pay you for your injuries… Read more >

AAJ Education: Establishing Recklesssness in Pool Drowning Cases

November 12, 2013 

I. Recklessness in Pool Cases—Suction Entrapment as an Example Drowning is a horrible way to die. Drowning due to pool drain entrapment is downright terrifying—and it does not have to happen in the first place! There are thousands of unintentional drownings that occur in the United States each year. There is an annual average of… Read more >