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Stewart M. Casper

Biography

For over 40 years, clients have sought the counsel and advice of Stewart Casper for some of the most vexing problems arising from personal injury claims relating to car accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, defective products, premises liability, and workers’ compensation. He concentrates his practice on catastrophic injuries involving traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multi trauma-injuries, and wrongful death. He also handles bad faith claims against insurance companies.

Among the reasons that Stewart is so sought for his representation is his ability to creatively assess areas of legal responsibility for causing injuries, as well as his ability to devise creative solutions for proving damages to juries, thus maximizing economic damage recovery. Both in Connecticut and throughout the country, Stewart is known as a trial lawyer who will go to trial for his clients, and his word is his bond.

Areas of Practice

Traumatic Brain Injury

Personal Injury – Special Emphasis on Traumatic Brain Injury & Spinal Cord Injury

Wrongful Death

Auto Accidents

Premises Liability - Including Slip & Fall, Trip & Fall, and Negligent Design

Medical Malpractice

Nursing Home Abuse

Product Liability

Workers’ Compensation Law

Certification/Specialties

Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2001 – Present

Bar Admission

Connecticut, 1978
New York, 1985
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1978
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1985
U.S. Supreme Court, 1985

Education

Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York
J.D.
Law Review: Hofstra Law Review, Associate Editor
University of Massachusetts –
Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
B.A.
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Attorney Casper is particularly well-known nationally for his handling of cases involving traumatic brain injury – sometimes mischaracterized as “only a concussion.” But a concussion is a brain injury. He has mastered an approach to these cases with an unparalleled devotion to the most current scientific developments. Lawyers throughout Connecticut and the country have benefited from Attorney Casper’s scientific approach and his willingness to share cutting- edge and validating scientific publications, both via electronic communications as well as through lectures he has given throughout the country. Casper recounts that he “attended [his] first traumatic brain injury program in 1979 and got hooked.” He further states that the only way to adequately represent “brain-injured clients is to know the science, and I will not rely on anyone else to provide me with that information.” Casper notes that he has repeatedly been asked to “take over” TBI cases from other highly-regarded trial counsel, and his advice has been sought for trial strategy by trial lawyers seeking to “go it alone.” Casper commented that “[m]any less-experienced trial lawyers underestimate the complexity of and expense involved in bringing these cases. When there is ample insurance coverage, we may spend over $100,000 on your case, from retention through a trial that may last 3-4 weeks. And the insurance companies and defense lawyers know that we will take a trial to verdict in order to vindicate our brain-injured clients’ rights. That adds value for our clients.”

Mr. Casper was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1978. He is admitted to practice before the Federal District Courts for the District of Connecticut and the Southern District of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the State Courts of New York, and the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney Casper has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) since 1987 and served on the CTLA Executive Committee continuously from 1990-2011. He was the President of the CTLA from 1996-1997. As an active leader in CTLA, he has served on numerous committees including the Legislative, Amicus Curiae, Medical Malpractice, Public Relations, and Fund Raising committees. He is one of three founding officers of the CTLA Civil Justice Foundation. He is a former member of the Motor Vehicle Automobile Insurance Coordination Committee and the Insurance Oversight Committee (Co-Chairperson) of The Association of Trial Lawyers of America™  (now the American Association for Justice, or “AAJ”). From 1999-2006, he was one of two State Delegates from Connecticut to AAJ. In 2006, he was elected by the membership of CTLA to serve on the Board of Governors of AAJ and served on AAJ’s Public Affairs Committee and National Finance Council through June 2015, when he voluntarily relinquished his positions to afford another CTLA leader the opportunity to serve Connecticut on the national board. In 2008, he was designated as a co-chairperson of a working subcommittee of AAJ’s Public Affairs Committee charged with making recommendations to deal with ERISA subrogation and Medicare Set-Aside issues. He is a member of AAJ’s Professional Liability, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Sections, the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation, the Medical Negligence Information Exchange, and the Spinal Cord Injury Litigation Groups. In July 2010, he was elected to serve a one-year term as the Chairperson of AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, for which he continues to serve on the Executive Committee. From 2004-2010, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Newsletter. He is currently involved in ad-hoc committees, working on legal briefs and the interaction of the law and scientific research on such wide-ranging topics as advanced neuroimaging, the increased neurodegenerative risks of traumatic brain injury, and regulating defense forensic neuropsychologists who use questionable methodologies and outdated theories to minimize the damage clams of brain-injured people. Some of the titles of seminar presentations by Stewart include: “Banking on Science, Brain Injury Association of California” (2020); “Cross-Examination of the Defense Neurologist” (2020); “Make the Defense Talk about the Science” (2020); “Litigating Concussion Cases: Science vs. Money” (2019); “Misclassification of Traumatic Brain Injury: The Pendulum Is Swinging Back” (2019); “Mining the Traumatic Brain Injury Literature” (2019); Broken Connections & Brain Networks” (2018). (For a more complete list of presentations, refer to the drop-down box below – “Classes/Seminars Taught.” )

On July 11, 2010, the leadership of AAJ recognized Stewart with AAJ’s prestigious “Distinguished Service Award.” He is a member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (formerly the “Brain Injury Association of Connecticut”), the Brain Injury Association of America, the North American Brain Injury Society, the International Brain Injury Association, The National Spinal Cord Injury Association, The National Spinal Cord Injury Association – Connecticut Chapter, the Legal Advisory Board of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Public Justice. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for both “Personal Injury” and “Workers’ Compensation” law since 1999 (selection criteria here), and he is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

In 2006, Stewart was recognized in Connecticut Magazine for being a Super Lawyer in its inaugural listing, and he has retained that designation since 2006 (selection criteria can be found here. ) In January 2007, he was listed as one of the top 500 lawyers in the nation who represent plaintiffs with the publication of the “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America,” and the 2020 edition of “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers.”

The online lawyer directory and rating service, Avvo.com, currently rates Stewart with its best rating– 10 (“superb”) (Selection criteria here). Likewise, he has enjoyed the highest peer rating (AV) available to lawyers from Martindale Hubbell® (selection criteria here).

In 2015, Stewart was recognized by Connecticut’s leading publication, The Connecticut Law Tribune, for two separate Personal Injury Hall of Fame awards, and prospectively by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation-Stamford.

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Published Works
  • “Track-TBI: The Road Diverges for Science”, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Forum, Fall 2020
  • “Standing Up to Standard Authority”, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Forum, Spring 2019
  • “Identifying Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Recent Advances in Neuroimaging and Relation to Functional Impairments”, Brain Injury Professional, Vol.14 issue 2 (2017)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Newsletter, American Association for Justice, 2005 – 2010
  • “The Crisis in Disclosure of Insurance Coverage”, CTLA Forum, Vol. 15, No.1, Jan./Feb, 1997
  • “Demonstrative and Documentary Evidence”, Matthew Bender Publishing Co., 1995
  • Co-Author, “The Changing Landscape of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Insurance Law in Connecticut”, Connecticut Bar Journal, Vol. 68, No. 2, April 1994
  • “Looking Fraudulent Surveillance in the Eye”, Trial Magazine, January 1993
  • “Litigating Stairway Liability Cases”, Personal Injury Handbook, James Publishing Group, 1991
  • “The Death of Joint and Several Liability – Have the Reports Been Exaggerated?”, CTLA Forum, Vol. 8, No. 3, May/June 1990
  • “Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage: The Claimant’s Approach”, Connecticut Bar Journal, Vol. # 58, No. 6, December 1984
Classes/Seminars Taught
  • Harnessing Brain Injury Science for Cross-Examination, North Carolina Association for Justice, 2020
  • Essential Science-Based Literature in TBI Litigation, American Association for Justice, 2020
  • Banking on Science, Brain Injury Association of California-TBI Med Legal Webinar Series, 2020
  • Cross-Examination of the Defense Neurologist, North American Brain Injury Society, 2020
  • Make the Defense Talk about the Science, North American Brain Injury Society, 2020
  • Litigating Concussion Cases: Science vs. Money, Michigan Association for Justice, 2019
  • Misclassification of Traumatic Brain Injury, The Pendulum is Swinging Back, North American Brain Injury Society, 2019
  • Mining the Traumatic Brain Injury Literature, American Association for Justice, 2019
  • How to Tap into the Literature Goldmine and Use It to Defeat Defense Experts, Legal Latitudes, Nashville, TN 2018
  • Broken Connections & Brain Networks, North American Brain Injury Society, 2018
  • The Sequelae of Traumatic Brain Injury: The Biomechanics of Trauma & The Changes that Follow, American Association for Justice, 2017
  • Admissibility of Low Impact Photographs and Neuropsychological Tests, American Association for Justice, 2017
  • Unpacking the Malingering Defense, North American Brain Injury Society, 2017
  • Neurometabolic Cascade: Understanding the Emerging Trend, American Association for Justice, 2016
  • The Progressive Injury Cascade of Traumatic Brain Injury, North American Brain Injury Society, 2016
  • Proving Traumatic Brain Injury with Demonstrative Evidence, North American Brain Injury Society, 2015
  • Anatomy of Evidentiary Issues: Severe TBI, Complex Fractures & PTSD, College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Strategies for Diffusion Tensor Imaging & Volumetric Analysis in Pediatric TBI Litigation, American Association for Justice, 2014
  • Demystifying the Myths of Traumatic Brain Injury, North American Brain Injury Society, 2014
  • What You Don’t Know About Brain Injury Experts Can Hurt, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
  • 9 Myths of Traumatic Brain Injury, Iowa Association for Justice, 2012
  • Using Depositions to Undermine TBI Myths, North American Brain Injury Society, 2012
  • Debunking the Myths of TBI, North American Brain Injury Society, 2011
  • Misclassification of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, North American Brain Injury Society, 2010
  • Cross-Examination of the Defense Expert in a Traumatic Brain Injury Case – No Perry Mason Moments, American Association of Justice, 2008
  • Proving the Injury in the Traumatic Brain Injury Case, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
  • The Selection and Use of Experts in the Traumatic Brain Injury Case, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey, 2006
  • Proving and Winning the Traumatic Brain Injury Case, American Association for Justice, 2006
  • The Conundrum of Pre-existing Injuries, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
  • Cross-Examination of the Defense Medical Expert, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
  • Looking Fraudulent Surveillance in the Eye, American Association for Justice, 1996
  • Consumer Remedies for Inadequate Insurance Coverage – Suing The Insurance Agent, American Association for Justice, 1995
  • Bad Faith, No Faith or Incompetence – Claims Against Insurance Companies and Independent Agents, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Automobile Insurance Reform Act of 1993, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
  • Summation – The Finishing Touch, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Conflicts of Law Issues in Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Cases, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Municipal Liability vs. Immunity under the Tort Reform Act, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Investigation for Auto and Premises Liability Cases, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • The Million Dollar Verdict Theory & Theme in the Age of Tort Reform, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases – Determining Coverage, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1985 – 1990
Honors and Awards
  • Martindale-Hubbell A.V. rated, which is the highest rank conferred by the national legal directory.
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1993 – Present (selection criteria may be found at The Best Lawyers in America®)
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2001 – Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2004 – Present
  • National Academy of Trial Advocacy, 2005 – Present
Professional Associations
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1978 – Present (Member)
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1990 – 2011 (Executive Committee)
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1991 – 1992 (Parliamentarian)
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1992 – 1993 (Secretary)
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1993 – 1994 (Treasurer)
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1994 – 1995 (Vice President)
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1995 – 1996 (President-Elect)
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1996 – 1997 (President)
  • American Association for Justice, 1999 – 2006 (State Delegate)
  • American Association for Justice, 2006 – Present (Board of Governors)
  • American Association for Justice, 2007 – 2015 (Public Affairs Committee)
  • American Association for Justice, 2007 – 2015 (National Finance Committee – 2008 – 2015)
  • Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section
  • Professional Liability Section
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, 2006 – Present (Executive Committee)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, 2006 – 2007 (Parliamentarian)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, 2007 – 2008 (Secretary)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, 2008 – 2009 (Vice-Chair)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, 2009 – 2010 (Chair-Elect)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, 2010 – 2011 (Chair)
  • Spinal Cord Injury Litigation Group, 2011 (formation year) – Present
Pro Bono Activities

Stewart devotes substantial time and energy to discussing public policy and translating those ideas into proposed legislation at the state and national level, with a focus on 1) making our system of justice more equitable; and 2) leveling the playing field between insurance companies and big business and injured people. In addition, he volunteered to represent victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, for no fee, as part of “Trial Lawyers Care, Inc.” Stewart also offers his advice freely to other lawyers, as well as to potential clients and people seeking second opinions in pending cases.

  • Trial Lawyers Care – Aiding the Victims of the 9/11 Attacks, 2001
  • Legal Advisory Board – Sarah Jane Brain Foundation
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