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For nearly 50 years SGT has been taking the tough, life-changing-big cases that the wellbeing of people, groups, and organizations depend on. We do not take cases that we aren't prepared to try, and we relish opportunities to get in the courtroom. Our approach has earned us a reputation for excellence at trial and our courtroom prowess is often a driving force in resolving a matter in our clients' favor.
catastrophic event litigation pioneers
SGT pioneered the type of medical malpractice and serious personal injury practices the firm is known for throughout Connecticut. We take on cases involving catastrophic events and expend the resources, time, and expertise others won't or can't. In 1980, SGT became the first firm in Connecticut history to obtain a $1 million-plus medical malpractice verdict and we have continued obtaining record-setting results ever since. This is why majority of our medical malpractice and serious personal injury cases are referrals from other lawyers.
guiding our communities through national controversies
SGT’s Class Action and Complex Litigation practice groups regularly achieve landmark results involving national issues and controversies that touch the communities we serve.
Big Tobacco Litigation. SGT served as lead private counsel for the State of Connecticut from 1996-98 in its action against the American tobacco industry as part of the nationwide litigation, resulting in Connecticut receiving a $3.6 billion share of the $246 billion settlement, as well as a $370 million bonus attributable to SGT's work. State of Connecticut v. Philip Morris, Inc., et al., No. X02-CV-960148414S.
Enron. SGT represented over 70 Connecticut municipalities that lost money as a result of the Enron scandal in Town of New Hartford, et al v. Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, No. UWY-CV-04-0185580S, obtaining the largest verdict ever rendered against a public entity in Connecticut.
Madoff Ponzi Scheme. SGT represented the retirement funds of the employees of the Town of Fairfield, Connecticut in actions seeking to cover investment losses suffered in connection with the Bernie Madoff fraud and successfully recovered over $15 million for the Town.
Allianz Global Investors Structured Alpha Fraud. SGT represented a local union's retirement fund, the employees of Fairfield's retirement funds, and mutual fund shareholders against Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC -- a subsidiary of German insurance Company Allianz SE -- to recover for "a sophisticated Wall Street scheme that cost victims billions of dollars."
Community Leadership & Accolades
SGT is proud of its role as a legal community leader. Name partners Richard Silver, David S. Golub, and Ernie Teitell have taught trial practice at Yale Law School and Quinnipiac University Law School, and several SGT partners have served as President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), and SGT sponsors an annual lecture series at the Quinnipiac University Law School and a law school scholarship has been established in the firm’s name.
SGT is included in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® list of “Best Law Firms.” Several SGT attorneys have achieved a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating — the highest peer review available. Additionally, SGT attorneys are regularly named Connecticut Super Lawyers* by Connecticut Magazine, included in The Best Lawyers in America®, and consistently named to the in the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™.