Established more than 75 years ago by legendary trial lawyer Theodore I. “Ted” Koskoff, the firm Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, PC has become one of the country’s leading plaintiffs’ firms by continuing to honor its founder’s legacy.
“The lesson from Ted is that we as trial lawyers play an important role in looking out for people who have been seriously injured,” explains managing partner Jim Horwitz. “Our origin is as a family firm, so it’s important to us that our clients are treated as part of that family.”
The firm is known for handling some of the most complex cases in the country, and has secured six of the 10 largest personal injury verdicts in Connecticut history, including the largest medical malpractice verdict in the state. In addition, Koskoff is widely known for its expertise in areas such as products liability, civil rights, financial scams, and commercial fraud.
Over the past year, the firm has achieved several headline-making verdicts. Included among these is a case involving a 20-year-old woman who sued the private boarding school she was attending when she contracted Tick-Borne Encephalitis during a school trip to China in 2007. A jury awarded her damages exceeding $41.7 million, the largest non-medical malpractice verdict in Connecticut history.
Their record of defending victims of hospital malpractice speaks for itself. In April, the firm secured a $6.5 million award for the family of a man who died in a Danbury hospital when his sodium levels were not properly monitored. Koskoff attorneys also won a $9.3 million verdict in a case against Bridgeport Hospital where a woman was permanently handi-capped as a result of a blood thinner overdose.
The firm has won major awards for victims outside the medical sphere, as well. In 2012, a $2 million verdict was handed down to a client who suffered extreme emotional damage after discovering hidden surveillance equipment that had been installed in her home by a man she had been dating. Koskoff attorneys are currently representing passengers who are seeking damages from May 2013 when the Metro North train on which they were riding derailed. The injuries they sustained in the accident include fractured leg bones, spinal injuries, a closed head injury, occasional hearing loss, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Attorneys from across the country refer cases to us,” Horwitz notes. “We’re fortunate to have many accomplished lawyers at the firm, and we make a point of working together to achieve positive outcomes for our clients.”
Indeed, every case at Koskoff benefits from weekly meetings attended by all of the firm’s 18 lawyers—10 of whom are AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Members of the firm are also included in The Best Lawyers in America, and SuperLawyers, and serve in leadership positions for the Inner Circle of Advocates, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and American Association for Justice.