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Robert B. Adelman

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Lawyer of the Year 2014

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

1000 Lafayette Boulevard
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604


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Bob Adelman has been trying jury cases since his graduation from The Cornell Law School in 1978. As a result of his record in the courtroom, he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, recognized in Connecticut Magazine and New York Magazine, and inducted into the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. Bob served as the President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association from 1992 to 1993.

Because of his expertise in the law of evidence, Bob was selected to serve on the Connecticut Law Revision Committee, which, over the course of five years, wrote the Connecticut Code of Evidence. That Code now governs evidence in all Connecticut state trial courts. Bob continues to serve on the Connecticut Judicial Department's Code of Evidence Oversight Committee, which keeps the Code up to date.

"Our firm has the luxury of representing only the people whose cases we believe in. Once we have taken your case, we will spare no effort to bring it to a successful conclusion."

Education

J.D., Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, 1978

B.A., St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, 1975
Honors: Magna Cum Laude Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Connecticut, 1978
U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1981
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1981
U.S. Supreme Court, 1982

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Board of Governors 1982-2006

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
President 1992-1993 (Also held all executive offices)

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

National Board of Trial Advocacy
Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy 1992. Recertified 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012.

American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow

United States District Court, District of Connecticut
Special Master

Connecticut Law Revision Commission, 1993 - 1997
Code of Evidence Committee

State of Connecticut, Judicial Department, 1999 - 2014
Code of Evidence Oversight Committee

Code of Evidence Oversight Committee of the Supreme Court, 2014 - Present

Connecticut Bar Association

Bridgeport Bar Association

Honors and Awards

Best Lawyers in America, Medical Malpractice-Plaintiffs; Products Liability-Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs: All editions since 1991

Top Ten Lawyers, Connecticut Law Tribune, 1993

Top Lawyers in Connecticut, Connecticut Magazine, 2001

The New York Area's Best Lawyers, New York Magazine, 2005 - present

Connecticut Super Lawyer, Connecticut Magazine, 2006 – present

2011 Stamford Area Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America

2012 Stamford Area Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America

2014 Stamford Area Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certification/Specialties

Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, Certified 1992, Recertified 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012

Published Works

Contingency Fees Under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the Tort Reform Act, CTLA Forum, Vol. 5, No. 1, January, 1987

Proving Damages, Co-author, Products Liability Practice Guide, 1988

Connecticut Evidence Review, CTLA Forum, Vol. 9, No. 6, November, 1991

Update on Evidence 1992, CTLA Forum, Vol. 10, No. 6, November, 1992

The Legal Framework of a Products Liability Case in Connecticut, Connecticut Bar Journal, Vol. 65, No. 5, October, 1993

Update on Evidence 1993, CTLA Forum, Vol. 11, No. 6, November, 1993

The Trial and Tribulations of 220(D), CTLA Forum, Vol. 12, No. 1, January, 1994

Update on Evidence 1994, CTLA Forum, Vol. 12, No. 6, November, 1994

BRB Carrier's Subrogation Rights After the Automobile Insurance Reform Act of 1993, CTLA Forum, Vol. 13, No. 1, January, 1995

Congress Enters the Tort-Reform Fray, The Connecticut Law Tribune, June 19, 1995

Update on Evidence 1995, CTLA Forum, Vol. 13, No. 6, November, 1995

Update on Evidence 1996, CTLA Forum, Vol. 14, No. 6, November, 1996

Update on Evidence 1997, CTLA Forum, Vol. 15, No. 6, November, 1997

Update on Evidence 1998, CTLA Forum, Vol. 16, No. 5, September/December, 1998

Update on Evidence 2000, CTLA Forum, Vol. 18, No. 4, October/December, 2000

Update on Evidence 2001-2003, CTLA Forum, Vol. 21, No. 2 October/December, 2003

Update on Evidence 2005, CTLA Forum, Vol. 23, No. 1 October/December, 2005

How to Value a Personal Injury Case, The Connecticut Law Tribune, Vol. 32, No. 22, May 22, 2006

New Rules Intended to Raise Professionalism, The Connecticut Law Tribune, Vol. 32, No. 49, November 13, 2006

Update on Evidence, 2006, CTLA Forum, Vol. 25, No.1, Winter, 2006

Update on Evidence, 2007, CTLA Forum, Vol. 25, No. 3, Winter, 2008

The Sunny Side of Apportionment, CTLA Forum, Vol. 25, No. 4, Summer, 2008

Update on Evidence, 2008, CTLA Forum, Vol. 26, No. 1, Spring, 2009

Update on Evidence, 2009, CTLA Forum, Vol. 26, No. 2, Winter, 2010

Update on Evidence, 2010, CTLA Forum, November/December, 2011

Update on Evidence, 2011, CTLA FORUM, April, 2012

Update on Evidence, 2012, CTLA Forum, March, 2013

Classes/Seminars Taught

The 1986 Institute of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, November 1, 1986

Trial of a Rear End Collision Soft Tissue Damage Case, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, March 14, 1987

Fifth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 26, 1987

Wrongful Death, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, March 26, 1988

Sixth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 24, 1988

Products Liability, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, May 6, 1989

Seventh Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 23, 1989

Eighth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 22, 1990

Ninth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 14, 1991

Proving Damages, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, April 11, 1992

Tenth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 19, 1992

Eleventh Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 18, 1993

Twelfth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 17, 1994

Screening, Preparing and Winning The Medical Malpractice Case, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, October 22, 1994

Recovering Damages for Increased Risk or the Loss of a Chance, American Association for Justice's National College of Advocacy, Snowmass, Colorado, February 25, 1995 - March 1, 1995

Thirteenth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 16, 1995

Fourteenth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 28, 1996

Fifteenth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 20, 1997 - August 20, 1997

How to Make Money on Low Impact, Connective Tissue Cases, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, April 4, 1998

Sixteenth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 12, 1998

Seventeenth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 18, 1999

Mastering Connecticut's New Code of Evidence, Connecticut Bar Association, October 8, 1999 - September 8, 1999

Eighteenth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, August 16, 2000 - September 16, 2000

See the Jury Think: "Focus" on Damages, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, March 17, 2001

Nineteenth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, September 15, 2001

Twentieth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association - Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation, September 21, 2002 - August 21, 2002

Effectively Handling Your Medical Malpractice Case, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association - Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation, October 4, 2002

Twenty First Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association - Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation, September 20, 2003

Twenty Second Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association - Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation, September 18, 2004

Twenty Third Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association - Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation, September 10, 2005

Your Evidence Toolbox, Fairfield County Bar Association, April 25, 2006

Supreme and Appellate Court Review, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, June 19, 2006

Twenty Fourth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation, September 9, 2006

Your Evidence Toolbox, Hartford County Bar Association, January 18, 2007

Making a Federal Case of It: Feeling Confident in Federal Court, Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation, May 18, 2007

The Art of the Civil Trial, Fairfield County Bar Association, June 6, 2007

Supreme and Appellate Court Review, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, June 14, 2007

Twenty-Fifth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association – Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation, September 15, 2007

June 2, 2008, Supreme and Appellate Court Review, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting

December 6, 2008, Twenty-Sixth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association – Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation

June 8, 2009, Supreme and Appellate Court Review, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting

September 25, 2009, Twenty-Seventh Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association – Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation

June 7, 2010, Supreme and Appellate Court Review, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting

September 11, 2010, Twenty-Eighth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association – Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation

June 13, 2011, Supreme and Appellate Court Review, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting

September 10, 2011, Twenty-Ninth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association – Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation

June 4, 2012, Supreme and Appellate Court Review, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting

September 22, 2012, Thirtieth Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association – Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation

April 5, 2013, Bad Faith and Negligent Failure to Settle, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association – Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation

June 10, 2013, Supreme and Appellate Court Review, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting

September 7, 2013, Thirty-First Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association – Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation

September 13, 2014, Thirty-Second Annual College of Evidence, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association - Connecticut Civil Justice Foundation

Past Employment Positions

Cohen and Wolf, P.C., 1978 - 1998