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Twelve Attorneys from Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Selected for Best Lawyers in America 2023

 Partners Ernie Teitell & Paul A. Slager Each Receive Special Recognition as a Stamford ‘Lawyer of the Year’ STAMFORD, CT (August 18, 2022) — Twelve attorneys from the Connecticut trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP have been selected by their peers for the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers® in America.  These… Read more >


Conn. Judge Revives Aetna Physical Therapy Coverage Fight

By Kellie Mejdrich | Law360 (March 15, 2022) — A federal judge in Connecticut on Tuesday revived a proposed class action alleging Aetna Life Insurance Co. violated federal benefits laws when it denied coverage for a Yale health plan beneficiary’s physical therapy using an overly restrictive definition of medical necessity for treatment. U.S. District Judge Michael P.… Read more >


Camilo A. Garcia Named Richard A. Silver Scholar at University of Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (October 26, 2021) — Camilo A. Garcia (pictured with Risa L. Goluboff, Dean of the UVA School of Law) was recently named the Richard A. Silver Scholar at the University of Virginia School of Law.  Garcia is the top student in the Class of 2022, with the highest GPA after two years.  He… Read more >


Eight Attorneys from Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Selected for Best Lawyers in America 2022

STAMFORD, CT (August 23, 2021) — Partners Angelo A. Ziotas & Peter M. Dreyer Each Receive Special Recognition as a Stamford “Lawyer of the Year.”  Eight attorneys from the Stamford trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP have been selected by their peers for the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers® in America.… Read more >


Eight Attorneys from Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Selected for The Best Lawyers in New England

STAMFORD, CT (July 14, 2021) — Partners Ernie Teitell & Paul A. Slager Each Receive Special Recognition as a Stamford ‘Lawyer of the Year’ — Eight attorneys from the Stamford trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP have been selected by their peers for the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers® in New… Read more >


New Partnerships at Two Firms in Southern Connecticut

By Michael Marciano | Law.com | Connecticut Law Tribune (February 24, 2021) — Attorney Sean McElligott makes a lateral move and a new firm launches in Westport — Sean McElligott Joins Silver Golub & Teitell Stamford-based trial law firm Silver Golub & Teitell has brought on veteran attorney Sean K. McElligott as a partner. Formerly a… Read more >


Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Adds New Partner Sean K. McElligott

STAMFORD, CT (February 18, 2021) – Continuing its steady growth, the Connecticut trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP has announced that Sean K. McElligott has joined the firm’s partnership.  Mr. McElligott is an experienced trial lawyer who will focus on representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries from medical malpractice, dangerous products… Read more >


Aetna Won’t Cover Needed Physical Therapy, Suit Says

By Adam Lidgett | Law360 (October 9, 2019) — Aetna Life Insurance Co. is violating federal benefits law by being stingy when it comes to covering physical therapy and taking an overly narrow view of what qualifies as “medically necessary,” according to a proposed class action filed in Connecticut federal court. Connecticut resident Dennis E.… Read more >


New 2nd Circuit Ruling Could Hobble Cigarette Company Defenses in Tobacco Cases

By Raychel Lean, Law.com | CT Law Tribune, STAMFORD, CT (August 22, 2019) — Jurors had returned a defense verdict for Philip Morris USA Inc. after a two-week trial, but that result could now be in jeopardy. A federal judge in the District of Connecticut misapplied a legal doctrine that could have changed the outcome of a products liability… Read more >


Stamford lawyer helps push tobacco company award to $52.4M

By John Nickerson, Stamford Advocate, STAMFORD, CT (December 25, 2018) — Barbara Izzarelli began smoking when she was 12 years old and claims the maker of Salem Kings cigarettes marketed to minors and manipulated nicotine levels to make them more addictive, according to her lawsuit against the tobacco company. An addiction that lasted 25 years… Read more >


Award in cigarette liability case for former Norwich smoker balloons to $52.4 million as judge adds interest

By Josh Kovner, Hartford Courant, HARTFORD, CT (December 24, 2018) — In the years since a Connecticut jury awarded former Norwich smoker Barbara Izzarelli a multi-million judgement in her case against the maker of Salem cigarettes, her lawyer noted several times that she’d offered to settle the case for $400,000. Now that judgment has swelled… Read more >


5 Lawyers Who Won Big in 2018

By Robert Storace, Law.com | CT Law Tribune, STAMFORD CT (December 20, 2018) — This year saw some explosive jury verdicts and settlements on a variety of topics, most having to do with death, injury, malpractice or motor vehicle cases. The largest verdict in Connecticut—by far—was last week’s ruling by a federal judge in the… Read more >


Former Norwich resident awarded additional $44 million in tobacco lawsuit

By Karen Florin, The Day, NEW LONDON, CT (December 17,2018) — U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill has added $44 million in damages and interest to the nearly $8 million a jury awarded to former Norwich resident Barbara Izzarelli in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco company. The Bridgeport judge awarded $8 million in punitive damages, citing… Read more >


Federal District Court Judge Adds $44 Million in Punitive Damages & Interest in First Smokers Case to Come to Trial in New England

STAMFORD, CT (December 17, 2018) – A Federal District Court judge has added more than $44 in million in punitive damages and interest against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the case of an injured Connecticut smoker, Barbara Izzarelli, formerly of Norwich, CT. Federal District Court Judge Stefan Underhill awarded Ms. Izzarelli $8 million in punitive… Read more >


Federal Judge Hikes Punitive Damages in Cigarette Case for Total $52.3 Million Award

By Robert Storace, Law.com | CT Law Tribune, STAMFORD CT (December 14, 2018) — A federal judge Thursday upped the amount of punitive damages R.J. Reynolds Tobacco must pay a woman who smoked one of its cigarette brands for more than 25 years. U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill sided with plaintiff Barbara Izzarelli, but the tobacco… Read more >


Decisions in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit

November 11, 2018 

In this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, November 8, 2018, Vol. 379, No. 19, Page 1851, there is a detailed discussion of decision making for neo-natal babies in reference to hypoxic encephalopathy, degenerative neurologic diseases and even brain death. This article discusses ethical decisions in reference to when treatment is futile or should be… Read more >


Tobacco lawsuit resolved in favor of former Norwich woman

By Karen Florin, The Day (March 1, 2018) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up cigarette-maker R.J. Reynolds‘ appeal of former Norwich resident Barbara Izzarelli’s $28 million jury award for smoking-related cancer, a development her attorney said signals that Connecticut is a favorable state to bring lawsuits against tobacco companies. Izzarelli, then of Norwich, sued the Winston-Salem, N.C., company… Read more >


U.S. Supreme Court Upholds First Jury Verdict against Tobacco Company in New England History

STAMFORD, CT (February 27, 2018) – The United States Supreme Court has refused to review the decision by the Court of Appeals in the Second Circuit, thereby upholding the $28.1 million jury verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for damages sustained by an injured Connecticut smoker, Barbara Izzarelli, formerly of Norwich, CT. As a result… Read more >


Federal court upholds $28 million verdict against tobacco company

STAMFORD (July 12, 2017) — A federal appeals court has upheld the $28 million verdict for a Connecticut woman who claimed she was harmed by smoking. The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the judgment against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for damages sustained by Barbara Izzarelli, formerly of Norwich, CT. The appeals court also… Read more >


$28 Million Tobacco Verdict Upheld by Second Circuit

Michael Marciano, The Connecticut Law Tribune (July 7, 2017).   U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. (Credit: ALM) A Connecticut jury’s damages award of more than $28 million in a suit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has been upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit—and the sum stands to… Read more >


Verdict for Smoker Upheld — First Smoker’s Case to Come to Trial in Connecticut

– Appeals Court Upholds First Jury Verdict against a Tobacco Company in New England History — STAMFORD, CT (July 7, 2017) – The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision today upholding a $28 million judgment against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for damages sustained by an injured Connecticut smoker, Barbara… 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 >


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 >


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 >


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…


Lawmakers Debate Extending Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases

— Plaintiffs bar, doctors face off in statute of limitations debate — by Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune In most instances, Connecticut parents have just two years after a mishap to bring personal injury claims in court on behalf of their children. Plaintiffs lawyers are saying that’s not long enough, and that Connecticut needs… Read more >


Youth Athletics Concussion Bill Raises Awareness & Prevention — and Needs Your Support

April 4, 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 >


Stamford Law Firm Cited for ‘Breaking New Legal Ground’

Four cases from the Stamford trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP were recently included in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Personal Injury Hall of Fame. These cases were honored for breaking new legal ground and returning significant verdicts and settlements. Silver Golub & Teitell is one of Connecticut’s leading medical malpractice, serious personal… Read more >


Four Cases from Silver Golub & Teitell Included in Personal Injury Hall of Fame

— Connecticut Law Tribune Recognizes Stamford Trial Law Firm For Breaking New Legal Ground & Returning Significant Verdicts and Settlements — STAMFORD, CT (December 4, 2014) – Four cases from the Stamford trial law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP were recently included in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Personal Injury Hall of Fame. These… Read more >


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

October 10, 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 >


Attorney Slager Cares about His Brain Injury Clients as well as the Courts

Plaintiff’s lawyers sometimes get a bad rap for bringing frivolous lawsuits and clogging up the courts. But don’t try applying that label to Paul Slager, a partner at Silver Golub & Teitell LLP in Stamford, CT.  One of the nation’s leading brain injury lawyers, Slager has no interest in bringing meritless claims. And he would… Read more >


No Quick or Clear Solution in N.F.L. Settlement

When the N.F.L. and the lawyers for the 4,500 retirees who sued the league said in August that they had reached a $765 million deal to end their dispute, there was hope on all sides that a resolution to the standoff would come soon. Former players, including those who had Parkinson’s, dementia and other ailments, wanted to… Read more >


Concussion Legislation Would Limit Contact Sports

HARTFORD – State lawmakers are considering a pair of proposals that aim to address health concerns facing student athletes. One would bolster an existing law designed to prevent concussions through increased education as well as a proposal to sharply limit the amount of time young athletes can play full-contact sports, such as football. A separate… Read more >


Conn. lawmakers address student-athlete injuries

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut lawmakers are considering ways to raise public awareness of dangerous medical conditions that have afflicted student athletes: concussions and cardiac arrests. The General Assembly’s Committee on Children heard testimony Thursday on legislation that would expand the state’s 2010 concussion prevention law, including limiting the amount of time spent in practices… Read more >


Paul Slager Testifies in Support of CT HB-5113 — An Act Concerning Youth Athletics and Concussions

My name is Paul Slager of Ridgefield, Connecticut. I am a current Board member and the Immediate Past President of the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut. I also am an attorney who represents brain injury survivors in litigation. In both of these capacities, I am testifying today in favor of Raised Bill 5113: An Act… Read more >


Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Sponsors BIAC Annual Conference on Brain Injury

STAMFORD, CT (PRWEB) February 5, 2014 — While the controversy over the eventual outcome of the NFL concussion lawsuit continues post-Super Bowl, the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC) will hold its annual conference on traumatic brain injury (TBI) at the Hilton Hartford, 315 Trumbull St., Hartford, CT, on March 7. Silver Golub & Teitell… Read more >


Carnival Ride Injuries Expose Many To Lawsuits

It wasn’t all fun and games at the Oyster Festival in Norwalk earlier this month. In fact, for any parent who’s ever brought their kid to a fair, it was their worst nightmare.


The NFL Head Trauma Settlement: For the Love of the Game?

The announcement just before Labor Day weekend that the NFL was settling the claims of thousands of former players who suffered serious head trauma from playing professional football generated big headlines and strong reactions. Not surprisingly, the participants in the settlement – the former players, their attorneys and the NFL — expressed satisfaction, or at… Read more >


Is There A Winner In This Game? The NFL Head Trauma Settlement

The recent NFL settlement will pay $685 million into a pool to compensate former players suffering neurological injury from football-induced head trauma. At first blush, the deal seems just like so many other settlements: an uneasy compromise by both sides to avoid the unknown risks of the courtroom. Is the settlement fair? That depends largely… Read more >


Evaluating an Attorney’s Expertise, August 2012

I n recent years, there has been steadily increasing awareness and understanding of brain injury and its consequences by health care providers and the public. Unfortunately, as is often the case, the legal profession has lagged behind the medical sciences in this area. For the attorney representing a brain injury survivor, understanding the subtle aspects… Read more >


Picking Their Battles, December 2011

For more than three decades, Silver Golub & Teitell LLP has set the bar for complex litigation in Connecticut. The Stamford-based firm has demonstrated its expertise while representing victims in a wide variety of challenging cases, including those involving whistle-blowers, medical malpractice, civil rights, and other catastrophic events. The firm has obtained some of the… Read more >


A ‘Cheerleader’ for Head Trauma Victims, December 2011

From newborns who survive traumatic births to football players who suffer blows to the head, attorney Paul Slager has seen the devastating effects of traumatic brain injuries. And his eff orts to aid the victims have gone beyond the courtroom to the public arena. Since 2006, Slager has been actively involved with the Brain Injury… Read more >


Conn. Smoker Gets Another $15.7M Against Company, March 2011

NEW HAVEN (AP) — A federal judge has awarded nearly $16 million in interest to a smoker who already had won $12 million against a tobacco company in the first such jury award in New England. Judge Stefan Underhill awarded about $15.7 million to Barbara Izzarelli, a Norwich resident who developed larynx cancer. She had… Read more >


Judge Adds Punitives To Tobacco Lawsuit, January 2011

Barbara Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has awarded $4 million in punitive damages to a longtime smoker of Salem cigarettes who later developed cancer. e damages are in addition to an $8 million jury award to plainti- Barbara Izzarelli, who in May won her lawsuit against R.J.… Read more >


Brain Injury and the Law: A Primer for Survivors & Families

Having worked with many brain injury survivors and their families, I understand that pursuing a legal claim for compensation can be stressful — and sometimes too overwhelming to contemplate. This is particularly true when the survivor and his/her family’s physical and emotional resources are focused on obtaining and paying for medical treatment and therapies and… Read more >


Free Will and Nicotine Addiction on Trial, May 2010

Every trace of his mellow, live-and-let-live “Big Lebowski” aura evaporated as the biker caught sight of the Connecticut Post headline “Jury awards smoker $8 million.” “F[@#$?!]ing unbelievable,” he says, flicking ashes on the ground outside the Starbucks in Trumbull, where he holds an alfresco court among his buddies. “Do you believe this? I don’t. This… Read more >


Jury in Tobacco Case Awards Smoker $8 Million, May 2010

BRIDGEPORT — A federal court jury dealt a stunning blow to the tobacco industry this week when it awarded $8 million to a Norwich woman who developed cancer after smoking Salem cigarettes for more than 25 years. Her larynx had to be removed as a result of the cancer and she is forced to breathe… Read more >


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