Russell J. Berkowitz

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Shelton, Connecticut

Berkowitz Hanna
Russell J. Berkowitz
Berkowitz Hanna

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Connecticut since: 1985

Education: Drake University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

Berkowitz Hanna

2 Corporate Drive
3rd Floor
Shelton, CT 06484 Visit website


Russ Berkowitz is an award winning medical malpractice and personal injury attorney who has obtained over 100 settlements and verdicts for $1,000,000+ over the course of his career. Russ handles medical malpractice and personal injury cases throughout the state and has litigated cases in almost every state and federal courthouse in the State of Connecticut.Admitted to practice before all Connecticut state courts since 1985, Mr. Berkowitz is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Some of Russ’ recent awards include a $10.3 million total settlement on behalf of a baby who sustained permanent neurological damages during birth, a $9 million award in a case in which an infant suffered a severe brain injury during the delivery process, a $7.5 million settlement to a client who sustained a leg amputation during an auto accident, a $7 million total award to a baby who sustained a stroke in utero a $6.1 million settlement for a client who suffered a spinal cord injury during a surgical procedure, and a  $4 million verdict to a client who sustained permanent gynecological injuries. 

In addition, Mr. Berkowitz currently represents hundreds of retired NFL players from all over the country in a highly publicized lawsuit in a Philadelphia federal court that was brought by over 12,000 former players against the NFL stemming from severe brain injuries they sustained while playing pro football. His successful track record both in and out of the courtroom has earned him a great deal of recognition from his colleagues, including a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. Berkowitz has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2015, and he has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 10. Recently, Russ was named Lawyer of the Year in New Haven for his medical malpractice work. 

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 80% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1985, Connecticut

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Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $3.7 million medical malpractice payout on behalf of a client who died following surgical complications
  • $5 million medical malpractice payout against a physician who failed to timely diagnose a client’s bacterial infection leading to catastrophic limb-altering injuries
  • $9 million medical malpractice award on behalf of a baby who sustained brain damage during delivery
  • 5.25 million on behalf of a client who sustained a stroke following her delivery causing her to sustain permanent paralysis
  • $4.85 million medical malpractice award on behalf of a baby who sustained an anoxic brain injury in a neonatal intensive care unit.
  • $2.6 million medical malpractice verdict against doctors who failed to timely diagnosis a client's prostate cancer
  • $4 million medical malpractice verdict on behalf of a client who was forced to under a hysterectomy and lost the chance to bear children following a negligently performed gynecological procedure
  • $6.1 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a client who sustained a spinal cord injury during neck surgery
  • $3 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a child who sustained brain damage following the negligent administration of anesthesia during surgery
  • $4.75 million medical malpractice award on behalf of a child who sustained brain damage as a result of a hospital's negligent airway management
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • sponsor of many statewide nonprofit events including annual ALS Walks in Westport, New Haven and Hartford, Building One Community of Stamford, Connecticut Veterans Legal Fund, Food Bank of Soithern Connecticut, Stamford Public Education Foundation, and Daniel Trust Foundation.
  • Founder, Berkowitz and Hanna Charitable Fund
  • Founder, Across the Globe Children’s Foundation
  • Fellow, Connecticut Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, American Academy of Medical Malpractice Lawyers
  • Listed as a Super Lawyer in Connecticut Magazine and New England Super Lawyers magazine in the field of medical malpractice every year since each list has been published.
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Fellow, Connecticut Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, American Association of Justice
  • Member, American Trial Counsel
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Connecticut Bar Association
  • Fellow, Roscoe Pound Foundation
  • Elected to the Connecticut Chapter of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Member, Fairfield County Regional Bar Association
  • Member, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Diplomat, Connecticut Board of Trial Advocates
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
Educational Background:
  • Drake University  BS 1980 Drake University JD 1985.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Participant/lecturer in a mock medical malpractice trial for members of the plaintiff’s bar , Lecturer/Participant, Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Trial, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 2015

Office location for Russell J. Berkowitz

2 Corporate Drive
3rd Floor
Shelton, CT 06484

Phone: 860-764-2644


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  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

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