Richard A. Silver, senior partner of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, has long been recognized as a leader of the litigation bar in the state of Connecticut and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America* under Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Product Liability Litigation for the last 25 years. Mr. Silver has been included in Connecticut Super Lawyers* since its inception. Mr. Silver has appeared numerous times on Court TV and other media outlets to comment on important issues involving civil litigation.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Serious Personal Injury
Complex Civil Litigation
Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA, Juris Doctor
University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts
Quinnipiac University School of Law, Hamden, CT, Hon. Doctor of Laws
HONORS & AWARDS
The Best Lawyers in America? (Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation ? Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation), 1987-Present*
Listed in Best Lawyers? ? ?The New York Area?s Best Lawyers,? 2006-Present*
Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers, Connecticut Magazine (Personal Injury ? Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury ? General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury ? Products: Plaintiff), 2006-Present*
Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers since its inception
Avvo Rating of 10/10 (Superb), Avvo.com
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association ? Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003
Fairfield County Bar Association ? Mario DiNatale Ethics & Professionalism Award, 2017
Connecticut Law Tribune ? Lifetime Achievement Award, 2019
SilverSource ? 2019 Honoree
SHARING HIS EXPERTISE WITH THE LEGAL COMMUNITY
A former president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Silver currently serves on its board and co-chairs its Medical Malpractice Committee. He is also past president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a prestigious organization of Connecticut plaintiff and defense trial attorneys.
Mr. Silver has taught trial practice at Yale Law School and is on the advisory boards of both the Quinnipiac Law School and Quinnipiac Medical School. He has served as chairman of the Judicial Selection Commission, which is charged with the selection of new judges and reappointment of sitting judges. He has also served as a case evaluator for other attorneys? cases on behalf of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Silver has served as a special master for the federal and state courts in Connecticut.
He has authored numerous articles and lectured extensively for the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association on medical malpractice, proving damages, products liability, structured settlements, business torts and commercial litigation.
OBTAINING HISTORY-MAKING VERDICTS
In 2008, Mr. Silver, together with his partner, Angelo Ziotas, obtained the largest jury verdict at that time in a medical malpractice action in Connecticut history when a Stamford jury awarded his clients $38.5 million to compensate a young boy who suffered severe neurological injuries during childbirth.
Mr. Silver has accomplished many significant and groundbreaking results for his clients. He was trial counsel in the case of Katsetos v. Nolan, a decision affirmed by the Connecticut Supreme Court, which, at the time, was the highest death verdict in the state of Connecticut. The Katsetos case is frequently cited as authority in medical malpractice cases.
A number of years later, Mr. Silver won a $3.6 million verdict in Pisel v. Stamford Hospital, the first verdict greater than $1 million in the state of Connecticut. He routinely obtains some of the largest jury verdicts and settlements in Connecticut, including the following:
An $11.8 million settlement for a 49-year-old father of three young children who suffered brain damage in a motor vehicle accident
A $10 million settlement for his clients in a medical malpractice case involving a misdiagnosis and resulting in brain damage of an infant
A $9 million settlement for his clients in a medical malpractice case involving birth trauma
A $16.7 million settlement for his clients in a medical malpractice case resulting in permanent brain damage of a woman as a result of an anesthesiologist?s failure to properly monitor vital signs during the cesarean section delivery of her first child
A $13.2 million settlement for his clients in a medical malpractice case involving a 35-year-old woman with three children who sustained brain damage during a routine tubal ligation procedure
A $5 million verdict to a cancer patient and her husband for her doctor?s failure to warn her she had an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer
Mr. Silver has also obtained many multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for clients who have been severely injured in serious accidents. He was lead counsel, for example, in the Mianus River Bridge collapse cases.
SUPPORT FOR THE COMMUNITY
Mr. Silver is committed to supporting the community and is actively involved in sponsoring charitable causes throughout the year. His generous support for the Silver Educational Center at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford is one example of his dedication to charity. The Silver Educational Center is named in honor of Mr. Silver?s family.
Trial Practice, Yale Law School, Adjunct (1978-1984)
Trial Practice, Quinnipiac Law School
Quinnipiac University School of Law ? Member, Advisory Board (1982-present)
Quinnipiac University Medical School ? Member, Advisory Board (2011-present)
Quinnipiac University ? Member, Board of Trustees (2011-present)
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1991-1992; Board of Governors, 1977-present; Co-Chairman, Medical Malpractice Committee)
American Board of Trial Advocates (President, Connecticut Chapter, 1994-1996)
The American Law Institute (Member, 1992-present)
The American Association for Justice (Member, 1993-present)
Judicial Selection Commission, State of Connecticut (Chairman, 1992-1995)
Richard Silver Receives 2019 SilverSource Champion Award
Stamford lawyer receives lifetime achievement award
Richard Silver To Be Recognized with 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at Connecticut Legal Awards Dinner Tonight
Richard A. Silver To Be Honored At SilverSource Charity Golf Outing On June 10
Blog: The Need for a National Database of Negligent Doctors Open to the Public
Blog: Advances in Medicine and Recognition of the Validity of Medical Malpractice Cases
Blog: Decisions in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit
Blog: The Enormous Cost of Cerebral Palsy Caused by Doctor Negligence
Blog: Medical Literature Resources for the Medical Malpractice Attorney
Tunick, Silver, Madden: Stamford business people
Richard Silver Receives Ethics & Professionalism Award
Richard A. Silver Receives Mario DiNatale Ethics & Professionalism Award from Fairfield County Bar Association
Blog: Cerebral Palsy ? Was It Caused by Doctor Negligence?
Blog: Sorry Isn?t Enough: Apology Laws Don?t Limit Doctor?s Risk of Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Blumenthal?s former firm remembers ?a brilliant lawyer?
Seven Attorneys from Silver Golub & Teitell LLP Recognized in Best Lawyers in America? 2017
Blog: Thoughts Raised by the Article ?Hospitalists and the Decline of Comprehensive Care?
Blog: Medical Errors Found in Nearly 50% of Surgeries
Blog: Mining for Gold in Medical Malpractice Data
Blog: Why Can?t Modern Medicine Perform as well as the Airline Industry?
Blog: Individual Voir Dire = Justice
Blog: Office-based Solo Practitioners Face Majority of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Blog: Medication Errors Found in Almost Half of All Surgeries
Blog: Only 1% of Doctors Incur Largest Share of Medical Malpractice Payments
Blog: Arguing Damages and Maximizing the Verdict
Blog: CTLA Continues To Fight Against Forces That Curtail Our Clients? Rights
Blog: Food for Thought ? Medical Malpractice: By the Numbers
Blog: In Military Care, A Pattern of Errors ?
Blog: Dramatic Increase in Hospital Deaths and Injuries As a Result of Medical Errors
State to Expand Court-Sponsored ADR Programs
CTLA Civil Justice Foundation Presents Mediation/Settlement Seminar
Richard Silver: Adversary to Harm
Building Bridges Between Law, Medical Schools
Court Upholds $5 Million Malpractice Verdict, August 2012
Husband of coma victim wins justice award, July 2012
Norwalk woman dies, spent 9 years in coma, April 2012
Richard and Vivienne Silver Honored at Bartlett Arboretum Gala, September 2011
Stamford Lawyer to Play Role with New Quinnipiac Medical School, September 2011
Ex-Marine?s Estate Collects $3M After Faulty Diagnosis, August 2011
Legal Advice for a New Medical School, July 2011
Preserve the Right to Pick an Unbiased Jury, by Richard Silver and Amanda Whitman, January 2011
Jury Awards $5M To Cancer Patient, Husband, May 2010
Record Medical Malpractice Verdict Upheld
Jury Awards $38.5 Million in Malpractice Case, Stamford Advocate, February, 2008
Doctors Fail to Diagnose Man?s Thyroid Cancer
The Facts About Doctors? Opinions by Richard Silver and Amanda Whitman
?Preserve the Right to Pick an Unbiased Jury,? Connecticut Law Tribune, January 2011 (Co-Author with Amanda Whitman)
?Courts Opine on Physician?s Written Opinions,? Connecticut Law Tribune, Medical Malpractice Insert, November, 2009 (Co-Author with Amanda Whitman)
?A Trial is a Drama Not a Play,? CTLA Forum, Special Past President?s Edition, Summer 2008
?Understanding the New Physician?s Opinion Requirement for Medical Malpractice Actions,? Connecticut Law Tribune
?Preparing Birth Injury Case Prior to Expert Review of Causation,? Connecticut Law Tribune
?The Connecticut Torts Conflict of Law Rule: A Proposal for Change,? Connecticut Bar Journal
?Survey of Recent Developments Relating to Medical Malpractice,? Connecticut Law Tribune
?Million Dollar Arguments,? Professional Techniques Library-Pisel v. Stamford Hospital
?The Facts About Doctors? Opinions,? Connecticut Law Tribune (Co-Author with Amanda Whitman)
* Connecticut Super Lawyers is published annually in the February issue of Connecticut Magazine and the November issue of New England Super Lawyers Magazine. Connecticut Super Lawyers is based on the survey of more than 13,000 attorneys across the state who have been in practice for five years or more. Please review each individual attorney?s biographical page for information about the year or years of selection by Super Lawyers.