Richard P. Hastings

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Ridgefield, CT

Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP
 | 440 Main Street, Suite 2
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Phone: 203-528-0863
Fax: 203-438-0263
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2013, 2017 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Attorney Profile

    With a focus on personal injury law, Richard P. Hastings represents those in Ridgefield, Stamford, Norwalk, Danbury, Wilton and Westport, and people throughout Connecticut, who have suffered because of the wrongs of another. At the law firm of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, he has earned a spot as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, been listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and named one of the 10 Best for Client Satisfaction in CT by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. He also has an Avvo “Superb” rating, and for his commitment to legal ethics and professional accomplishments, he earned the highest peer review rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

    Mr. Hastings is a successful author with 12 published books,has written hundreds articles and has produced hundreds of videos on CT accident and injury law. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, he went on to earn a Juris Doctor at Fordham University School of Law. He also teaches lawyers across the country how to get more money for their clients' personal injury cases. He also received patent pending protection for his business method entitled “Personal Injury File Acquisition Method, Client Education Program and Case Referral System.”

    A member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Hastings has over 30 years of experience and is certified as a mediator by Quinnipiac University Law School, the Center for Mediation in Law and Harvard Law School. At University of Windsor Faculty of Law, he received advanced mediation training and at Harvard Law School received advanced negotiation training.

    Passionate about education and safety reform for teen drivers, Mr. Hastings is actively involved with the DMV Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Teen Safe Driving.

    * AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

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    Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2013, 2017 - 2020

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    About Richard Hastings

    Admitted: 1984, Connecticut

    Professional Webpage: http://www.hcwlaw.com/attorneys/richard-p-hastings/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Top Lawyers, Stamford Magazine, 2014
    • Top Lawyers, Greenwich Magazine
    • Nation's Top Attorneys, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
    • "10 Best" Attorneys for CT in Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
    • Who's Who in America 2015, Marquis Who's Who in American Law
    • AVVO Top Rated Lawyer, Avvo
    • New England Super Lawyer, Law & Politics Magazine
    • 10.0/10.0 Rating, AVVO
    • Top Lawyers, Greenwich Magazine, 2014
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in CT, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
    • AV Preeminent Peer Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
    • Top Lawyer, Stamford Magazine, 2013
    • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2016
    • CT Super Lawyer, Law and Politics Magazine, 2013
    • Top Lawyers, Fairfield Magazine, 2016
    • "10 Best" Attorneys for CT in Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2018
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2014
    • Top Lawyers, New Canaan Magazine, 2014
    • Top Lawyers, Westport, Wilton, Weston Magazine, 2015
    • Top Rated Lawyer for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
    • 10.0/10.0 Rating, AVVO, 2014
    • America's Most Honored Professionals, The American Registry, 2014
    • Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2014
    • The 200 Outstanding Lawyers of Fairfield County, Fairfield Living, 2017
    • New York Area's Top Rated Lawyers, ALM, 2013
    • "10 Best" Attorneys for CT in Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2017
    • Top Lawyer, Westport, Weston, Wilton Magazine, 2013
    • AV Preeminent Peer Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
    • Top Lawyer, New Canaan Magazine, 2013
    • "10 Best" Attorneys for CT in Client Satisfaction, 2016
    • New England Super Lawyer, Law and Politics Magazine, 2013
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2016
    • Distinguished Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
    • Top Lawyers, Westport, Wilton, Weston Magazine, 2014
    • The 200 Outstanding Lawyers of Fairfield County, Greenwich Magazine, 2016
    • "10 Best" Attorneys for CT in Client Satisfaction, 2015
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in CT, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Top Rated Lawyers, American Lawyer Magazine, 2014
    • AV Preeminent Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
    • CT Super Lawyer, Law & Politics Magazine, 2014
    • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
    • Top Lawyers, Fairfield Magazine, 2014
    • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
    • Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in the State of Connecticut , 2016
    • Top Lawyer, Fairfield Magazine, 2013
    • America's Top 100 Attorneys For CT, 2016
    • Top Lawyer, Greenwich Magazine, 2013
    • 10.0/10.0 Rating, AVVO, 2016
    • Top Rated Lawyers, American Lawyer Magazine, 2013
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2015

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certificate- Advanced Alterntive Dispute Resolution, University of Windsor Faculty of Law, 2014
    • Certificate Teaching Negotiation, Harvard University Law School-PON, 2015

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member-Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner's Advisory Committee on Teen Safe Driving
    • Member – Ridgefield Parking Authority
    • Volunteer-Special Olympics
    • Volunteer-Habitat for Humanity International
    • Member Board of Directors-Dream Come True of Western Connecticut

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Co-Presenter, Leveraging Colossus in Auto Accident Claim Recovery: Guidance for Counsel, 2013
    • Co-author, Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing published by CelebrityPress
    • Author, Negotiation Skills Vital for Successful Mediations, 2014
    • Instructor, Maximizing Auto Accident Case Values: The Influence of Colossus, 2014
    • Author, Full Recovery: Think Like an Adjuster- Bill of Particulars: NY State Trial Lawyers, 2014

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Husband runs over wife's leg resulting in two surgeries. We were able to access two different motor vehicle policies where we got each carrier to tender the six figure policy limits despite prior objections as to their separate liability., 2020
    • Wrongful death of a 13 year male old who died in a car accident. Resolved for the substantial policy limits of the umbrella policy., 2015
    • Client was injured in a truck accident and had multiple back injuries. He had previously undergone back surgery less than a year prior to this accident. He had multiple preexisting back issues. Despite problems with causation we were able to resolve the case for $800,000., 2020
    • Client was injured when a portion of a deck fell on to client's head resulting in a fractured vertebra. The client was working at the time and no workers' compensation insurance was available so a claim was made against the homeowner. Client had sporadic treatment and no surgery. There were no witnesses to the incident and liability was difficult to prove. Case settled for $600,000., 2019
    • Client had his lower arm severed in a fireworks accident. Multiple Defendants claimed he participated in the activity and was therefore barred from collecting damages. A global resolution was reached for $1,700,000., 2019

    Educational Background:

    • Harvard Law School (Program on Negotiation, Advanced Negotiation and Mediation Training)
    • University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School Of Business (Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills”)
    • Quinnipiac University School of Law (Center of Dispute Resolution Mediation Certificate Program)
    • University of Windsor (Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution)
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management (Negotiation for Executives)
    • Fordham University School of Law, JD
    • University of Connecticut, Business Administration
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    Office Location for Richard P. Hastings

    440 Main Street
    Suite 2
    Ridgefield, CT 06877

    Phone: 203-528-0863

    Fax: 203-438-0263

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