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Attorneys seek deposition of Von Kohorn in sexual assault lawsuit

By Stephanie Kim | The Hour.  WILTON — Attorneys representing the family in a civil lawsuit filed against the town and Board of Education are seeking to question the former Miller-Driscoll paraprofessional who allegedly sexually assaulted their daughter in the school bathroom in December 2012. Paul Slager and Michael Kennedy, of Stamford’s Silver Golub &… Read more >


Letter: Community means listening to each other with respect and an open mind

Wilton Bulletin | To the Editors: As a journalist, I feel one of the most important qualities we must hold onto is our objectivity. However, as Wilton school parent, it is difficult to not form any opinion when the district in the news is the one educating my own children. I have the additional perspective… Read more >


Wilton court case reflects Stamford High scandal

By Angela Carella |  Stamford Advocate.  STAMFORD — Substitute “high-schooler” for “preschooler” and a case in state Superior Court mirrors one that recently devastated the Stamford school district. The latest case involves the Wilton district and a 4-year-old girl who was unnaturally quiet when her mother picked her up one day from a public preschool.… Read more >


Miller-Driscoll sexual abuse suit stirs up Wilton

By Stephanie Kim, Stamford Advocate. WILTON — Some parents are outraged after learning that the town and Board of Education are trying to dismiss a sexual assault suit involving an incident at Miller-Driscoll from 2012. Court documents reveal the town and Board of Education are seeking governmental immunity, claiming they can’t be held responsible for… Read more >


SGT Partners Ziotas & Dreyer on ‘The Art of Jury Selection’ at CTLA CLE Seminar

April 4, 2017 

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Friday, April 7, 2017 Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange CT 06477 9:00 AM – 1:15 PM Register Member Fee: $225.00 Member (licensed 5 years or less) Fee: $155.00 Law Student Fee: $0.00 Non-Member Fee: $280.00   add to calendar CLE Credits Members who purchase and listen to the… Read more >


Blumenthal’s former firm remembers ‘a brilliant lawyer’

By Alexander Soule, Stamford Advocate (March 24, 2017) — As he collected his thoughts Monday before questioning Judge Neil Gorsuch, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal harkened back to his home state almost as an afterthought before moving ahead with his grilling of President Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court. “Despite the hardships of going… Read more >


Criticism Of Justice Palmer ‘Legal Poppycock’

By DAVID S. GOLUB, Hartford Courant Opinion/Op-Ed Connecticut Supreme Court Justices are appointed to eight year terms that are customarily renewed by the General Assembly without controversy. This year, however, some state Senate Republicans made an issue over the re-appointment of Justice Richard Palmer. Justice Palmer has been on the court for 24 years and… Read more >


Ernie Teitell Elected to Haskins Laboratories’ Board of Directors

— Prestigious Private Research Institute Cites His Commitment to the Role of Law in Promoting Positive Changes for Individuals & Society – STAMFORD, CT (January 24, 2017) – Ernie Teitell, a partner in the Stamford trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Haskins Laboratories… Read more >


Von Kohorn was supposed to be a child abuse first reporter

By Tony Spinelli | The Wilton Bulletin (January 10, 2017) — A state Department of Children and Families (DCF) worker confirmed that former Wilton preschool paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn, who is the subject of two lawsuits against the town and schools alleging that he molested children in his care, was himself supposed to be a… Read more >


Plea extension granted in sexual abuse case

By Kendra Baker, Wilton Bulletin, December 29, 2016. Eric von Kohorn On Dec. 12, Stamford Superior Court Judge Kenneth B. Povodator granted the Town of Wilton and the Wilton Board of Education’s motion for a 30-day extension of time to plea in the most recent school-related sexual abuse lawsuit filed against them. A second Wilton… Read more >


Lawsuits claim Ledyard Boy Scout leader assaulted boys

By Julia Bergman, The Day.  HARTFORD — Two separate lawsuits have been filed in Hartford Superior Court against the Connecticut Rivers Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America and the Boy Scouts of America Corporation on behalf of two victims who allege they were sexually assaulted by former Ledyard Boy Scout leader Joseph J. Dabrow. Dabrow… Read more >


Second Lawsuit Filed In Boy Scout Sex Assault Case

Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant. HARTFORD — A second lawsuit has been filed against a former Boy Scout troop leader, alleging that he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old boy in a house in Ledyard owned by the organization in the 1990s. The lawsuit alleges that Joseph Dabrow sexually assaulted a boy referred to as “James Doe” numerous… Read more >


Second family sues Wilton, BOE for alleged sexual exploitation

By Pat Tomlinson, The Hour. WILTON — A second Wilton family has come forward in a lawsuit against the town and its Board of Education with sexual assault allegations against former Wilton preschool paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn. The family claims that the incident occurred in 2013-14, when their child was attending preschool at the Miller-Driscoll… Read more >


Family Sues Over Preschool Sex Abuse Allegations Involving Southport Man

By Fairfield Daily Voice. WILTON, Conn. — The family of a second preschooler is suing the Town of Wilton and the Wilton Board of Education, charging that their son was sexually exploited by a former paraprofessional at Miller-Driscoll School. The allegations from 2013-14 involve former Wilton preschool paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn, 56, of Southport, according… Read more >


Second family files sexual abuse lawsuit against town and schools

By Wilton Bulletin on November 22, 2016. The town of Wilton and Wilton Board of Education are facing another lawsuit from a second Wilton family, which has alleged that former Wilton preschool paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn sexually exploited their son in 2013-14. The child was a preschooler when Von Kohorn worked at the Miller-Driscoll School… Read more >


Lawsuit Filed In Boy Scout Sexual Assault Case

By Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant. HARTFORD — A former Boy Scout troop leader who served time in federal prison for sexually assaulting a minor is being sued by a former Boy Scout who alleges he was molested repeatedly by the man in a house owned by the organization. Defendants in the lawsuit, filed recently in… Read more >


Boy Scouts of America Faces Lawsuit in Connecticut Sex Abuse Case

by Ray Hardman, WNPR (October 27, 2016). A Connecticut man is suing the Boy Scouts of America, claiming he was sexually abused by a Boy Scout leader in the 1990s. Starting in the late 1980s, Joseph Dabrow, then a leader of Troop 24 in Ledyard lived in a clubhouse owned by the Boy Scouts of… Read more >


Supreme Court Denies Cert for J. Michael Farren, Former New Canaan Man Convicted of Attempted Murder

By: Michael Dinan (October 25, 2016). The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a cert petition from the former White House attorney who is serving a prison sentence for almost bludgeoning his wife to death with a flashlight at their New Canaan home in January 2010, officials say. An attorney for both Bush administrations, J.… Read more >


Supreme Court Denies Farren Petition

By Rich Scinto, Patch Staff, (October 25, 2016 6:17 pm ET).   NEW CANAAN, CT—The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition from J. Michael Farren to hear an appeal on the $28.6 million civil lawsuit against him by his ex-wife. Farren was convicted of nearly bludgeoning his now ex-wife to death at their New Canaan home. The incident… Read more >


Former White House Counsel Loses Final Appeal in $28.6M Civil Judgment

R. Robin McDonald, The Connecticut Law Tribune (October 25, 2016). Attorneys for the ex-wife of Xerox Corp.’s former general counsel who also served as a deputy White House counsel are now taking steps to collect a $28.6 million judgment against him now that the U.S. Supreme Court has foreclosed his final chance at an appeal.… Read more >


U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert for Farren v. Farren

STAMFORD, CT (October 25, 2016) – The United States Supreme Court has denied the petition for certiorari that challenged the $28.6 million civil verdict against J. Michael Farren, a former White House lawyer who was criminally convicted of nearly beating his ex-wife to death in Farren v. Farren. Farren had argued on appeal that he… Read more >


Archdiocese of Hartford Settles Sexual Abuse Claim Against Priest

WNPR Here & Now By Ray Hardman • Oct 14, 2016 The Archdiocese of Hartford has agreed to settle a 16-year-old sexual abuse claim against one of its priests. According to a press release issued by the plaintiff ‘s lawyers, “John Doe” as he was known in court documents was repeatedly abused, battered, and sexually… Read more >


Hartford Catholic Diocese Settles Another Sexual Abuse Claim

ANDREW DENNEY, The Connecticut Law Tribune, October 14, 2016. The Archdiocese of Hartford settled another claim of sexual abuse against one of its former priests, this time settling for an undisclosed amount with a victim who claimed he was abused as a teenager in his own home. The lawsuit, filed in September 2014, was settled… Read more >


Archdiocese settles sex abuse claim

By Daniel Tepfer, Thursday, October 13, 2016 HARTFORD — The Archdiocese of Hartford has agreed to settle a 17-year-old sexual abuse claim against one of its priests. Stamford lawyers Ernest Teitell and Marco Allocca, who represented the alleged victim, said the settlement was reached following mediation before Superior Court Judge Antonio Robaina. “We settled this… Read more >


Silver Golub & Teitell Settles Sexual Abuse Case with Archdiocese of Hartford

— Court Rejects Archdiocese’s Attempt to Establish Immunity Based on First Amendment — HARTFORD, CT (October 13, 2016) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford has reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a teenage boy by a priest, Rev. Edward Tissera, more than 15 years ago. Plaintiff attorneys Ernie Teitell and… Read more >


Medical Errors Found in Nearly 50% of Surgeries

September 9, 2016 

Over the years, I have written much about the impact of medical errors in medical malpractice cases, and now a new study has found them to be a much larger problem than previously thought — medical errors or unintended drug side effects occur in nearly 50% of surgeries. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston… Read more >


State Supreme Court to Hear Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Marlboro

Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune (September 12, 2016) A Connecticut lawsuit against Marlboro that alleges the cigarette maker caused a woman’s lung cancer and death will go before the state Supreme Court justices Tuesday in an effort to clarify the law under the state’s Product Liability Act. The case is being closely watched as eight… Read more >


Former White House attorney convicted of attempted murder wants to delay settlement payments

STAMFORD — A former White House attorney who nearly bludgeoned his wife to death with a flashlight wants to delay paying her a $30 million settlement. The attorney for Michael J. Farren asked Superior Court Judge Robert Genuario in Stamford on Monday to stop Mary Margaret Farren from collecting on a $28.6 million civil settlement… Read more >


Lawsuit Filed against Town of Greenwich for Negligence

GREENWICH — Peter M. Dreyer, a partner of the Stamford law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Todd Collins and his family against the Town of Greenwich. According to the lawsuit, on September 4, 2015, Mr. Collins was exiting his van in front of a residence on… Read more >


Update: Conn. Court’s Tobacco Lawsuit Ruling Could Impact Other Products Liability Cases

Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune — A Norwich woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds. The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers aren’t prohibited by an exemption in Connecticut’s tort liability law.… Read more >


Court: Law Doesn’t Bar Suits Against Cigarette Manufacturers

HARTFORD, Conn. — Cigarette manufacturers aren’t immune to lawsuits by smokers who get sick, the state’s highest court ruled Monday in a decision that bolsters the case of a smoker who was stricken with laryngeal cancer and won a $28 million judgment against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Justices said an exemption in liability law doesn’t… Read more >


Conn. Court Says State Law Doesn’t Bar Smokers’ Lawsuits Against Tobacco Companies

Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune — A woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on April 25 that lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers aren’t prohibited by an exemption in Connecticut’s tort liability… Read more >


The Numbers Add Up: Various Components of Potential Damage Award in Childhood Sexual Abuse Cases Can Reach Significant Totals

April 4, 2016 

The scope and nature of damages in childhood sexual abuse cases brought against institutional and other defendants is broader than one might expect. Some of the damages caused by childhood sexual abuse have long been recognize — horrific physical violation and a lifetime of feelings of terrible shame, guilt and secrecy that can permeate every… Read more >


Proving Institutional Liability for Childhood Sexual Abuse Requires Careful Choice of Legal Theory

April 4, 2016 

The recent spate of sexual abuse cases lodged against educational and youth-centered organizations, such as boarding or preparatory schools, YMCAs and the Boy Scouts of America, raises issues regarding which theory of negligence will prove most effective at trial. A common mistake made by many plaintiffs’ attorneys is to seek to hold the parent organization… Read more >


Proud To Be a Lead Sponsor of ‘Cookin’ For A Cause’ To Benefit House of Heroes Connecticut

TICKETS ON SALE NOW “Cookin’ For A Cause” To Benefit House of Heroes Connecticut Sponsored by CTLA’s Women’s Caucus Founded in 2000 in Columbus, GA, House of Heroes, Inc. has provided no-cost home repair services to more than 500 military and public service veterans and their families. Teams of volunteers spend one day performing veteran home… Read more >


Individual Voir Dire = Justice

March 3, 2016 

Individual voir dire is an important Constitutional and statutory right in Connecticut which provides the litigants an opportunity to discover a potential juror’s bias and prejudices.  The fundamental purpose of voir dire is not to select appropriate jurors, but rather to eliminate potential jurors who have strong bias and prejudices that will be harmful to… Read more >


Boy Scouts Gear Up for Conn. Supreme Court Battle in Challenge to $12 Million Sex Abuse Verdict

A Connecticut Boy Scout who claimed he was sexually abused by his troop leader in the mid-1970s was awarded $12 million after a trial in late 2014. The verdict is believed to be the largest compensatory damages award against the Boy Scouts of America and the first Boy Scout sex abuse case to go to… Read more >


Winning the Defective Premises Case

March 3, 2016 

By Angelo A. Ziotas Like most personal injury cases, premises liability cases arise from circumstances in which someone responsible for the safety of another fails to take care for that other person when he or she should have. Unlike other personal injury cases, however, the responsibility of the person owning or controlling the property, whether… Read more >


Office-based Solo Practitioners Face Majority of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

March 3, 2016 

By Richard A. Silver, Co-chair, Medical Malpractice Committee, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs Office-based solo practitioners face the majority of medical malpractice lawsuits, according to a recent survey of nearly 4,000 primary care physicians and selected specialists conducted by Medscape and contained in the… Read more >


Medication Errors Found in Almost Half of All Surgeries

February 2, 2016 

By Richard A. Silver, Co-chair, Medical Malpractice Committee, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs In the first study that measured medication errors and adverse drug events during the perioperative period, nearly half of the operations included at least one medication error or adverse drug event,… Read more >


Only 1% of Doctors Incur Largest Share of Medical Malpractice Payments

February 2, 2016 

By Richard A. Silver, Co-chair, Medical Malpractice Committee, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs Only 1% of U.S. doctors are responsible for the largest share of paid medical malpractice claims – some 32%, according to a Stanford University study that was recently published in The… Read more >


Mom uses own experience to weigh in on concussion bill

February 2, 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 >


Arguing Damages and Maximizing the Verdict

February 2, 2016 

There is little disagreement among attorneys that arguing damages is one of the most sensitive and delicate elements of the entire trial process. However, to maximize the damages of a case based on solid evidence and supporting testimony, there are a number of ways both in preparing for trial and during trial to reach that… Read more >


SGT Partner Ziotas Co-Chairs Upcoming CTLA Seminar: Winning the Defective Premises Case

January 1, 2016 

A Comprehensive Overview and Analysis of Premises Liability Law for All Levels of Experience  Speakers Angelo A. Ziotas, Esq. (Co-Chair) Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Michael J. Walsh, Esq. (Co-Chair) Walsh Woodard LLC John R. Logan, Esq. Logan & Mencuccini, LLP Stephanie Z. Roberge, Esq. Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, LLC Agenda Supreme and Appellate… Read more >


Farren Promises to Press Forward With Appeal

CHRISTIAN NOLAN, The Connecticut Law Tribune — A former White House lawyer who was criminally convicted of brutally beating his former wife in Connecticut in 2010 and also ordered to pay a $28.6 million civil verdict is planning to continue his appeals in an effort to get a new civil trial. John Michael Farren, a… Read more >


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 >


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…


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