Stewart M. Casper

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Stamford, CT

Casper & de Toledo LLC
 | 1458 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: 203-325-8600
Fax: 203-323-5970
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
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Attorney Profile

A member of Casper & de Toledo LLC, Stewart Casper focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, with particular emphasis on traumatic brain injuries. He has lectured extensively on TBIs across the country, and he has had several articles published on various aspects of that topic. Located in Stamford, Connecticut, Mr. Casper represents clients throughout Fairfield County and other parts of the state. He has been admitted to practice in Connecticut since 1978, and he is also admitted in New York and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and the Supreme court of the United States.

Throughout his career, Mr. Casper has been able to obtain millions of dollars in compensation through jury awards and negotiated settlements for his clients who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties. Some of his representative results have included a $3.24 million jury verdict for an area resident who slipped on black ice in a shopping center parking lot and suffered a severe brain injury, and a $2.3 million verdict for a woman who slipped and fell in a municipal parking garage. These and other successes have resulted in a great deal of favorable recognition from his colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. Casper has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1999.

Mr. Casper's caseload has also included motor vehicle crashes as well as medical malpractice and defective products. He is a graduate of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where he served on the Hofstra Law Review before receiving his Juris Doctor in 1978.

*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
  • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Workers' Compensation: Claimant
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

Certificates and Credentials

National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Stewart Casper

Admitted: 1978, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: https://www.casperdetoledo.com/attorneys/stewart-casper/

Honors/Awards:

  • Two Hall of Fame awards received in 2015 for verdicts obtained in McCauley v. Schreyer and Muehring v. O'Farrell. McCauley was a jury verdict on behalf of a 9 year old boy who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. Muehring was a jury verdict  on behalf of a woman who suffered severe leg injuries including nerve damage when she was run into by a large dog off leash., Personal Injury Hall of Fame, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2015
  • National Academy of Trial Advocacy, 2005 – Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell A.V. rated
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America™ as Lawyer of the Year - Personal Injury-Plaintiffs for Stamford, CT 2016., Lawyer of the Year 2016, Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, 1993
  • (ABOTA), 2004 - Present, American Board of Trial Advocates

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • New York Bar, 1985
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2001 - Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Spinal Cord Injury Litigation Group, Present, 2011 (formation year)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, Chair, 2010 – 2011
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, Chair-Elect 2009 – 2010
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, Vice-Chair, 2008 – 2009
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, Secretary 2007 – 2008
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, Parliamentarian 2006 – 2007
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, Executive Committee 2006 – Present
  • American Association for Justice, Public Affairs Committee 2007 – 2015
  • Professional Liability Section
  • Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section
  • American Association for Justice, 2007 – 2015 (National Finance Committee - 2008 – 2015)
  • American Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 2006 – Present
  • American Association for Justice, State Delegate, 1999 – 2006
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1996 – 1997
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, President-Elect, 1995 – 1996
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President, 1994 – 1995
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 1993 – 1994
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary, 1992 – 1993
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1978
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Parliamentarian, 1991 – 1992
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee, 1990 – 2011
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member,  1978 – Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1978
  • New York, 1985
  • Connecticut, 1978
  • Member of the Legal Advisory Board of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation http://www.thebrainproject.org/, 2010
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2004

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • 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) to balance the playing field between insurance companies and big business and injured people. In addition, he volunteered for no fee to represent victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 as part of "Trial Lawyers Care, Inc." He is also a fundraiser for the American Heart Association and he volunteers time each week serving as a Mentor for a local youth through the Norwalk Family and Children's Agency.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases – Determining Coverage, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1985 – 1990
  • Proving and Winning the Traumatic Brain Injury Case, American Association for Justice, 2006
  • The Million Dollar Verdict Theory & Theme in the Age of Tort Reform, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
  • Investigation for Auto and Premises Liability Cases, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • Municipal Liability vs. Immunity Under The Tort Reform Act, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Conflicts of Law Issues in Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Cases, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Summation – The Finishing Touch, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Automobile Insurance Reform Act of 1993, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
  • Bad Faith, No Faith or Incompetence – Claims Against Insurance Companies and Independent Agents, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Consumer Remedies for Inadequate Insurance Coverage – Suing The Insurance Agent, American Association for Justice, 1995
  • Cross Examination of the Defense Medical Expert, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
  • The Conundrum of Pre-existing Injuries, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
  • Hofstra Law Review, Associate Editor, Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York
  • Mining the Traumatic Brain Injury Literature, American Association for Justice, 2019
  • Misclassification of Traumatic Brain Injury, The Pendulum is Swinging Back, North American Brain Injury Society, 2019
  • Litigating Concussion Cases: Science vs. Money, Michigan Association for Justice, 2019
  • Make the Defense Talk About the Science, North American Brain Injury Society, 2020
  • Editor-in-Chief, "Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Newsletter", American Association for Justice, 2005 - 2010; 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 Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation, North American Brain Injury Society 2011; Misclassification of Traumatic Brain Injury, North American Brain Injury Society 2010; The Selection and Use of Experts in the Traumatic Brain Injury Case, Association of Trial Lawyers of America - New Jersey, 2006;Proving the Injury in the Traumatic Brain Injury Case, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 2006; Cross-Examination of the Defense Expert in a Traumatic Brain Injury Case - No Perry Mason Moments, American Association of Justice, 2008; "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, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Newsletter, 2010
  • Advanced neuroimaging can identify brain lesions that may disrupt the proper functioning of brain networks leading to functional loss. The disruption of function tends to be related more to network disruption than to damage at a specific geographic location within the brain, "Identifying Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Recent Advances in Neuroimaging and Relation to Functional Impairments", Author, Brain Injury Professional, 2017
  • Common law rules in federal and state courts defer issues of admissibility of expert testimony to trial judges acting as gate keepers. The rules in both venues rely to some extent on "peer reviewed" publications. However, the peer review process varies by journal and the standards for passing the peer review process is often not very demanding - in essence - the bar for publication may not be very high. This paper explored many of the factors that should be explored about papers proffered as evidence., Author, "Standing Up to Standard Authority", Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Forum, 2019

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • 43 year old commercial insurance salesperson slipped on wet supermarket floor and suffer a mild traumatic brain injury, chronic headaches, and vision disturbance. At the close of evidence, the case settles for $5.1 Million., 2016
  • Mid-trial and nearly at the conclusion of the Plaintiff's evidence, $4.1 Million settlement for 47 year old wine salesperson who sustained a traumatic brain injury and facial fractures when the vehicle she was driving sustained heavy damage when crashed into by a 74 year old woman  who crossed over a double yellow line separating two lanes of traffic in Greenwich. The defendant was caught attempting to manipulate her primary care physician into covering-up for her medically. Aggressive discovery directed against the defendant's own insurance company uncovered the transcript of a recorded statement taken shortly after the crash where she admitted to battling sleepiness and attempting to arouse her attention by opening the windows that day in February., 2019
  • Spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia from a snow tubing accident in a public park in Waterbury, CT. The city left a metal players' bench imbedded in the ground at the base of a community snow sliding hill. Rose Marie Deschesnes crashed into the bench sustaining her injuries. The case settled for $8 Million. Unfortunately, Ms. Deschenes passed away from her injuries in 2019., 2010
  • $2.3 Million settlement for producer who suffered a mild TBI, post-concussion syndrome, and PTSD after being rear ended in his automobile on the parkway., 2020
  • Jury verdict of $3.6 Million for 47 year old woman who sustained an acquired brain injury and post-traumatic migraine headaches as a result of falling on an icy commercial parking lot., 2019
  • $3.3 Million settlement following mediation for 42 year old mother of one struck by a collapsing event tent pole and sustained a traumatic brain injury., 2020

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Double award winner for the Connecticut Law Tribune's Personal Injury Hall of Fame for jury verdicts in McCauley v Schreyer and Muehring v. O'Farrell., 2015

Educational Background:

  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A., Political Science, 1975. Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa., 1975
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Office Location for Stewart M. Casper

1458 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT 06905

Phone: 203-325-8600

Fax: 203-323-5970

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Last Updated: 6/22/2020

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