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Joram Hirsch

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Bridgeport: (203) 331-8888
Danbury: (203) 744-4707
Middletown: (860) 343-1051

1000 Lafayette Boulevard
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604


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Joram Hirsch has been a trial lawyer since he graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979. He has devoted his career to representing injured people and their families, and has achieved many substantial verdicts and settlements. Joram is widely recognized for his experience in medical malpractice and other complex litigation, including cases involving accident reconstruction. Joram has had the unique opportunity to handle cases that have shaped Connecticut law. For example, as a result of Petriello v. Kalman, 215 Conn. 377 (1990), a medical malpractice case, the Connecticut Supreme Court recognized for the first time an injured person's right to receive compensation for the increased risk of future harm resulting from an injury.

Since 1993, as Chairman of the Amicus Committee of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Joram has dealt with numerous cases that changed the law to protect the rights of injured people, including Clohessy v. Bachelor, 237 Conn. 31 (1996), in which the Connecticut Supreme Court first recognized someone's right to be compensated for emotional injuries caused by witnessing a loved one suffering a traumatic injury.

Joram has been a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association's Continuing Legal Education Committee since 1992, participating in seminars on topics like premises liability, uninsured motorist coverage, Medicare liens and traumatic brain injury. He has served since 1997 as a Special Master of the United States District Court, acting as a mediator in federal cases.

"Over the last 25 years, we have developed the capability to investigate, analyze, prepare and try cases involving complex engineering, medical and legal issues which we bring to bear in all of our cases so that our clients who have suffered life-changing injuries can get the justice they deserve."

Education

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1979
Law Review: Associate Editor, The Tax Lawyer

B.A., Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1976
Honors: Magna Cum Laude Major: Economics

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Connecticut, 1979
U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1993
U.S. Supreme Court, 1993

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

United States District Court, District of Connecticut, 1997 - Present
Special Master

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1991 - Present
Member, Board of Governors

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1993 - Present
Chairman, Amicus Committee

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1992 - Present
Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 - Present
Member, Medical Malpractice Committee

Connecticut Bar Association, 1997 - 1999
Member, Professional Ethics Committee

Raymond E. Baldwin American Inn of Court, 1989 - 2000
Member

Raymond E. Baldwin American Inn of Court, 1998 - 2000
Treasurer

American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Published Works

Reimbursement of Collateral Source Benefits under the Automobile Insurance Reform Act and Application of ERISA Preemption, CTLA Forum Vol. 11, No. 5, September, 1993

Classes/Seminars Taught

Chairman, How to Recognize a Victim of Traumatic Brain Injury, Connecticut Trial Lawyer's Association, 1991

Speaker, Litigating Premises Liability Cases, Connecticut Trial Lawyer's Association, 1992

Chairman, Traumatic Brain Injury: Recognizing and Dealing with "Mild" or "Moderate" Head Injury Cases, Connecticut Trial Lawyer's Association, 1993

Speaker, Reimbursement of Collateral Source Benefits under the 1993 Automobile Insurance Reform Act and Application of ERISA Preemption, College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyer's Association, 1993

Chairman, Traumatic Brain Injury: Recognizing and Dealing with "Mild" or "Moderate" Head Injury Cases, Connecticut Trial Lawyer's Association, 1995

Faculty Member, Trial Practice Workshop-Direct Examination of Experts, 1995

Speaker, Medical Coverage and Reimbursements; Winning Automobile Cases Seminar, Connecticut Trial Lawyer's Association, 1997

Speaker, How to Make the Most out of Depositions; From Classroom to Courtroom: Trial Techniques for the New Lawyer, American Association for Justice, 1997

Speaker, Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases, Connecticut Trial Lawyer's Association, 1998

Co-Chairman, Mild Head Injury, Understanding & Proving the Invisible Injury, Connecticut Trial Lawyer's Association, 2000

Program Faculty, Great West Life v. Knudson, A Round Table Discussion, Connecticut Trial Lawyer's Association, 2002

Program Faculty, The Art of Negotiation and Settlement, Connecticut Trial Lawyer's Association, 2003

Speaker, Amicus Committee Report, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, 2004

Speaker, Proving the Uninsured Motorist is Uninsured, Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases, Connecticut Trial Lawyer's Association, 2005

Co-Chair, Effective Deposition Techniques, Civil Justice Foundation (2007)

Past Employment Positions

Cohen and Wolf, P.C., 1983 - 1998

Day, Berry & Howard, 1980 - 1983

John P. Cotter, Chief Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court, Law Clerk, 1979 - 1980