Donald Papcsy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Norwalk, CT

Papcsy Janosov Roche
 | 53 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851
Phone: 877-835-4983
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
Attorney Profile

As senior trial attorney at Papcsy Janosov Roche, Donald Papcsy is dedicated to providing exceptional representation for his clients in Connecticut and New York. He focuses his practice on handling serious personal injury plaintiff cases, including medical malpractice; as well as serious criminal defense matters, including DUI/DWI, Assault and Drug cases.

For more than 17 years, Attorney Papcsy has been advocating for victims of negligence to secure much-needed compensation. He understands the significant challenges people face as they deal with catastrophic injuries. Through gathering detailed evidence, quantifying damages, and calling in the best expert witnesses, he constructs compelling arguments to support his clients’ cases.

Attorney Papcsy has obtained multi-millions of dollars on behalf of his clients. He is a skilled trial attorney and a fearsome adversary in the courtroom. In one notable case, he secured $4.1 million for the estate of a 13-year-old boy who was killed when a vehicle struck him as he crossed the street in a crosswalk. His accomplishments have not gone unnoticed by his peers. For his successes, Attorney Papcsy has been invited to join the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and he holds a perfect Avvo “10-Superb” rating. In 2015, Attorney Papcsy was inducted into the Connecticut Law Tribune Personal Injury Hall of Fame, and has been selected to the Super Lawyers list for multiple years

As a frequent speaker and published author, Attorney Papcsy often shares his opinion regarding legal matters on national media such as ABC, CNN, Tru Tv (formely Court Tv) and Fox News. He is active in the legal community, holding memberships with the American Association for Justice, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

In 1993, Attorney Papcsy graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science. He then attended Quinnipiac University School of Law, earning a Juris Doctor in 1999. He is also a graduate and active alumni of Fairfield College Preparatory School.


Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (70%): Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%): Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%): DUI/DWI

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, DUI/DWI


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2016

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About Donald Papcsy

Admitted: 1999, Connecticut

Professional Webpage:


  • Perfect "10" Rating Superb, Avvo, 2018
  • Perfect "10" Superb Rating, Avvo, 2017
  • Perfect "10" Superb Rating, Avvo, 2016
  • Inducted into the Connecticut Law Tribune Personal Injury Hall of Fame, 2015
  • Perfect "10" "Superb" rating by Avvo, 2015
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014
  • Superb Rating, Avvo, 2014
  • Best Attorney, Fairfield County Weekly, 2010
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Membership
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Membership
  • "The Top Trial Lawyers in America", 2013 and 2014
  • Inclusion in Who's Who in America, 2011 and 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2000
  • The American Association for Justice(American Trial Lawyers Association), Member, 2000
  • Connecticut Bar Association, 2000
  • New York and Federal courts, Member
  • New York Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • US District Court
  • Connecticut, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • NHL Hockey Fights Cancer Tournament (Board Member) SONO half and 5k Childrens’ Law Center of Connecticut Bridgeport Women’s Shelter – 15 years HPAAC Haitian Relief Concert – American Red Cross Support the Fight Against Cancer – Kentucky Derby Event, Albany, New York Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity Beardsley Zoo Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Fighters St. Rose Chruch, Newtown, 2017
  • Board Member, NHL Hockey Fights Cancar Golf Tournament in Connecticut, 2013
  • Alumni, Fairfield College Preparatory School

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Teacher, CTLA, 2009


  • Fernschild v Commissioner of Motor Vehicles - CONNECTICUT APPELLATE COURT DECISION (CERT DENIED)- Case taken up to the Connecticut Appellate Court, pro bono, that overturned and clarified all previous decisions, and set the law requiring police officers to describe in their police reports what person's words or conduct constitute a finding of a "refusal" under the DUI statute, 14-227. This is now the seminal case on this issue in Connecticut., 2017
  • Estate of Peter Strimska v. Tinnen - $1,300,000.00 result for boy ran over in driveway. Original report did not find the Defendant at fault, but able to prove negligence on behalf of defendant driver through expert accident investigation and reconstruction., 2017
  • Clarke v Warner - $250,000.00, Plaintiff was able to receive a full $250k recovery for post concussion symptoms related to a scooter hitting a car at a parking lot. (CT Law Tribune article above), 2017
  • Henry Cartagena v. City of Bridgeport - $1,500,000.00 recovered by pedestrian on sidewalk struck after a multicar collision alleged to have been caused by a malfunctioning traffic light. Testimony from over twenty five of fact, and the over ten expert, witnesses to prove the sole direct and proximate result of a breach of the Defendant’s statutory duty under C.G.S. §13a-149. (CT Law Tribune Article-Best Settlement and Awards Section-above), 2017
  • Johnson, et al v. City of Stamford, et al - $918,000.00 settlement reached prior to suit for an 18 year old who was sexually assaulted by his female teacher, surpassing all immunity issues. , 2016
  • Trujillo v. Santamaria - $450,000.00 arbitration award for a woman that suffered an exacerbation of a neck injury that we successfully linked to a later neck fusion surgery from an incident at the defendant's home where the Defendant fell into a pool and hit the Plaintiff in the head on the way in, 2016
  • Estate of Jesse Lewis, et al v. Estate of Nancy Lanza - $1.5 million dollar policy tendered: one of two initial lawyers, later joined by others from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, to initiate an action against the mother's estate for the negligent storing and entrustment of weapons later used by her son in the Newtown, Sandy Hook, school shootings. The case was handled pro bono by Attorney Papcsy, 2015
  • Tartaglia v. Gray, et al: $215,000.00 result for a motor vehicle case where the plaintiff had soft tissue injuries and a herniated disc, 2015
  • Young v. Owens, $300,000.00 full policy settlement for a woman who had her leg severed by a car backing into her in a parking lot, 2015
  • Julio Poveda, et al v. MAK Restaurant Group, et al: $648,000.00 result against an underage driver and the bar that she became intoxitated at before crashing on I-95 causing the injuries, 2014
  • Estate of Prada v. Town of Stratford, et al - $4,110,000.00 settlement prior to trial. 13 year old boy wrongful death case. Town kept in the case directly, as well as the driver of the Town truck, 2013
  • Yazdzik v. Dipippo - $300,000.00 policy tendered for woman with exacerbation of a pre existing neck injury reguiring surgery, 2013
  • Veronica Norris, ppa for minor Marcus Lee v. Thomas - $175,000.00 settlement ($214,234.00 total value) for asbestos claim where Plainitiff lived in multiple locations and had to prove causation at particular apartment, 2013
  • Estate of Pauta v. TCHE Bagual, tender of $1,000,00.00 policy when claim was denied by insurance company under New York Law, 2013
  • Deleon v. Delacruz - $1,000,000.00 policy tendered, plus proved liability against multiple other cars involved in a prior accident that caused pile up and emergency personnel to be present causing the Plaintiffs car to collide with them. Total settlement value: $1,225,000.00, 2012
  • Multiple verdicts and settlements reported in the Personal Injury Yearbook, and National Verdict Reporter on a yearly basis, 2001
  • Estate of Jesse Lewis, et al v. Town of Newtown, et al:, representing families who lost children in the Newtown, Sandy Hook

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Expert Legal Commentator on Court Tv, Tru Tv, CNN and many other local and national networks. Samples of video available online by searching Donald Papcsy, 2001


  • Commenting on location during Skakel appeal at Stamford Courthouse, CNN - Court Tv, 2001

Educational Background:

  • Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science, 1993
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53 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851

Phone: 877-835-4983


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Last Updated: 3/1/2017

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