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Richard P Hastings

Richard P Hastings

also known as Richard Hastings

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motorcycle Accident, Wrongful Death

About Me

 


     I have been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in CT by The National Trial Lawyers. I am  a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum which is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

 

 

     I have been named a Connecticut Super Lawyer and a New England Super Lawyer. I have an AV Rating, its highest rating, from Martindale Hubbell and am listed in its Bar Registry of Preeminent Attorneys.

    


 I have  collected millions of dollars for  my clients in cases including motor vehicle accidents, defective products, wrongful death, dog bite incidents, general accident cases, slip and fall incidents, breach of contract claims, unfair trade practice cases, construction litigation, will contests, and general litigation matters.


   


     I am trained as a mediator by Harvard Law School and the Center for Mediation in Law. I have also also received advanced negotiation training through Harvard Law School. 


 


      I hold the title of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International, its highest designation. I am involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors, have held board positions in a number of charitable organizations and have received a number of governmental appointments.


 


     I was named a recipient of The National Republican Congressional Committee’s prestigious Businessman of the Year Award.


 


     I am the author of the books “How to Find a Great Lawyer”, “How to Explode Your Practice”, “Understanding and Improving the Value of Your Personal Injury Case”,  " The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut", "The Crash Course on Child Injury Claims", "The Crash Course on Motorcycle Accident Cases"," The Crash Course on Dog Bite Injury Claims",  "The Crash Course of Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest Claims", “What You Need to Know About Connecticut DUI.” I have co-authored the book "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" which went to number one on Amazon.com's insurance category on the book's launch date and "Ready, Aim, Influence" which is an international best seller.


 


     I am a member of the National Academy of Best Selling Authors and am a listed as an expert on America's Premier Experts.


 


     I am  a graduate of the University of Connecticut (Business Administration) and Fordham University School of Law.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1984

  1. Personal Injury: 60%
    31 years
  2. Car Accidents: 20%
    31 years
  3. Medical Malpractice: 10%
    31 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 5%
    2 years
  5. Motorcycle Accident: 5%
    2 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

23 total 

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Contact Info

Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP

440 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT, 06877-4525

1087 Broad Street, Suite 201
Bridgeport, CT, 06604

2700 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT, 06518

600 Summer Street, 6th Floor
Stamford, CT, 06905

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CTActive198407/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Nation's Top AttorneysThe National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Teaching Negotiation SymposiumHarvard Law School- Program on Negotiation2015
Top LawyersNew Canaan Magazine2014
Top LawyersFairfield Magazine2014
Top LawyersGreenwich Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in CTNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
AVMartindale-Hubbell2014
"10 Best" Attorneys for CT in Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
40 Hour Mediation CertificateQuinnipiac Law School Dispute Resolution Center2014
Certificate of Completion- Advanced ADR WorkshopWindsor Law School2014
Top LawyersStamford Magazine2014
Top LawyersWestport, Wilton, Weston Magazine2014
New England Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2014
CT Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2014
America's Most Honored ProfessionalsThe American Registry2014
Who's Who in America 2015Marquis Who's Who in American Law2014
Top Rated LawyersAmerican Lawyer Magazine2014
10.0/10.0 RatingAVVO2014
Top LawyerWestport, Weston, Wilton Magazine2013
Top LawyerFairfield Magazine2013
Top LawyerStamford Magazine2013
Top LawyerNew Canaan Magazine2013
Top LawyerGreenwich Magazine2013
CT Super LawyerLaw and Politics Magazine2013
New England Super LawyerLaw and Politics Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in CTNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
New York Area's Top Rated LawyersALM2013
10.0/10.0 RatingAVVO2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Business Method Patent PendingUnited States Patent and Trademark Office2013
Top Rated LawyersAmerican Lawyer Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in CTNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
10.0/10.0 RatingAVVO2012
Top LawyerFairfield Magazine2012
Top LawyerWestport, Weston, Wilton Magazine2012
CT Super LawyerLaw and Politics Magazine2012
Top LawyerStamford Magazine2012
Top LawyerNew Canaan Magazine2012
Top LawyerGreenwich Magazine2012
New England Super LawyerLaw and Politics Magazine2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
New York Area’s Top Rated LawyersALM2012
10.0/10.0 RatingAVVO2011
Best Seller List - #1 Insurance CategoryAmazon.com2011
MemberNational Academy of Best Selling Authors2011
Member- ExpertAmerica's Premier Experts2011
Law and Politics MagazineConnecticut Super Lawyers2011
Connecticut Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
New England Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top 3 Published Author in Medical Malpractice LawEzine.com2010
Top 5 Published Author in Personal Injury LawEzine.com2010
MemberSanford's Who's Who2010
10.0/10.0 RatingAVVO2010
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Expert Author in Personal Injury LawEzine.com2009
Expert Author in Medical Malpractice LawEzine.com2009
Certificate of Participation - Advanced NegotiationHarvard University School of Law - Program on Negotiation2008
Certificate of Participation - Mediation WorkshopHarvard University School of Law - Program on Negotiation2007
Certificate of Participation - MediationCenter For Mediation in Law2006
Businessman of the Year AwardNational Republican Congressional Committee2005
Distinguished ToastmasterToastmasters International2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerHastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP1988 - Present
AssociateOffices of Norman J. Voog1984 - 1988

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1984 - 1988
Connecticut Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1984 - 1988
American Bar AssociationMember1984 - 1988
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember1984 - 1988

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Ronald S v Lebanon Valley Raceway$600,000 settlement at pretrial conference
John DoeConfidential
Cathy CPayment of combined policy limits of $500,000

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Bill of Particulars (New York State Trial Lawyers Association)Full Recovery: Think Like an Adjuster2014
Connecticut Law TribuneNegotiating Skills Vital For Successful Mediations2014
Ridgefield PatchA Time For Refocusing Our Efforts on Teen Driving Accidents2013
Ridgefield PatchChild Endangerment Laws and CT DUI2013
Ridgefield PatchA Proposed Bill That May Increase CT Teen Driving Accidents and Fatalities2013
Ridgefield PatchCT Holds Insurance Carriers Liable For Unfair Insurance Practices and Other Violations2013
Ridgefield PatchA Lesson in American Jurisfoodence2013
Ridgefield PatchFinalists Announced in CT 'Safe Teen Driving' Video Contest2013
Ridgefield PatchDistracted Walking or Jogging Accidents2012
Ridgefield PatchHelping To Prevent CT Drunk Driving Accidents2012
Ridgefield PatchHospital Errors and Mandatory Reporting2012
Ridgefield PatchBig Brother May Be Watching You But With Greater Restrictions2012
Ridgefield PatchSocial Host Liability: Keep Your Guests Safe For The Big Game2012
Ridgefield PatchJury Verdict Research in Personal Injury and Accident Cases2012
Ridgefield PatchConn. DMV's Teen Safe Driving Video Contest2012
Ridgefield PatchWhat's Required in an Expert’s Opinion for Medical Malpractice2012
Ridgefield PatchRed Light Cameras: Lifesaver or Flawed Solution?2012
Ridgefield PatchHow To Collect Money Damages When You Are Injured in Multiple Accidents2012
Ridgefield PatchWhen The Conn. Supreme Court Overrules Itself2012
Ridgefield PatchWhen Teen Driving Accidents Hit Home2012
Ridgefield PatchTeen Deaths Related to Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocket2012
Ridgefield PatchCT Supreme Court Orders New Trial in Medical Malpractice Case2012
Ridgefield PatchA Generous Tip or Forfeited Drug Money?2012
Ridgefield PatchNew Canaan Teen Could Face Six Months If Convicted in Jogger Death2012
Ridgefield PatchReducing Parent Fright on Prom Night2012
Ridgefield PatchFour CT Tractor-Trailer Accidents Occur Within Hours of Each Other2012
Ridgefield PatchCT Supreme, Appellate Courts Overrule a Prior Decision With Same Result2012
Ridgefield PatchWhen Does Free Speech Become a Hate Crime?2012
Ridgefield PatchPreventable Consequences of DUI, BUI on 4th of July2012
Ridgefield PatchBig Brother May Be Watching You But With Greater Restrictions2012
Ridgefield PatchSocial Host Liability: Keep Your Guests Safe For The Big Game2012
Ridgefield PatchJury Verdict Research in Personal Injury and Accident Cases2012
Ridgefield PatchConn. DMV's Teen Safe Driving Video Contest2012
Ridgefield PatchWhat's Required in an Expert’s Opinion for Medical Malpractice2012
Ridgefield PatchRed Light Cameras: Lifesaver or Flawed Solution?2012
Ridgefield PatchHow To Collect Money Damages When You Are Injured in Multiple Accidents2012
Ridgefield PatchWhen The Conn. Supreme Court Overrules Itself2012
Ridgefield PatchWhen Teen Driving Accidents Hit Home2012
Ridgefield PatchTeen Deaths Related to Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocket2012
Ridgefield PatchCT Supreme Court Orders New Trial in Medical Malpractice Case2012
Ridgefield PatchA Generous Tip or Forfeited Drug Money?2012
Ridgefield PatchFour CT Tractor-Trailer Accidents Occur Within Hours of Each Other2012
Ridgefield PatchCT Supreme, Appellate Courts Overrule a Prior Decision With Same Result2012
Ridgefield PatchWhen Does Free Speech Become a Hate Crime?2012
Ridgefield PatchPreventable Consequences of DUI, BUI on 4th of July2012
Ridgefield PatchRethinking Ways To Reduce Teen Driving Accidents2012
Ridgefield PatchA Spotlight on Water Saftey2012
Ridgefield PatchMotor Vehicle Accidents Caused By the Elderly2012
Ridgefield PatchCT's Safer Teen Driving Laws Celebrate 4th Anniversary2012
Ridgefield PatchTeen ATV Accidents Involving Serious Injury and Death2012
Ridgefield PatchReducing Motor Vehicle Accidents with Talking Smart Vehicles2012
Ridgefield PatchNew Law Could Make Property Owners Liable for Underage Drinking2012
Ridgefield PatchUnderstanding and Avoiding Sports-Related Concussion Injuries2012
Ridgefield PatchCT Supreme Court Overrules Lower Court in Fraternity Death Case2012
Ridgefield PatchAre Connecticut's Hospitals Sick?2012
Ridgefield PatchThird Party Liability Denied in CT Medical Malpractice/Negligence Claim2012
Ridgefield PatchIs our High Tech Age Reducing our Ability to be Good Caregivers?2012
Ridgefield PatchStaying Safe During Storm Cleanup2012
Ridgefield PatchNational Labor Relations Board Hears Its First Social Media Termination Case2012
Ridgefield PatchChanges in Teen Driver's Ed Will Save Lives2012
Ridgefield PatchConnecticut Appellate Court Defines "Intoxicated" For Dram Shop Liability2011
Ridgefield PatchWhen is a Waiver of Liability or General Release Enforceable2011
Ridgefield PatchUnderinsured And Dangerous2011
Ridgefield PatchReducing The Risks of Tragic Bicycle Accidents2011
Ridgefield PatchU.S. Supreme Court Limits Class Action Lawsuits2011
Ridgefield PatchConnecticut Rules for Spite fences2011
Ridgefield PatchHow Using Social Media Can Harm Your Case2011
Ridgefield PatchUnderinsured And Dangerous2011
Ridgefield PatchReducing The Risks of Tragic Bicycle Accidents2011
Ridgefield PatchReducing The Risks of Tragic Bicycle Accidents2011
Ridgefield PatchProduct Liability Cases Where The Product Has Been Destroyed2011
Ridgefield PatchOut Of Sadness, Ridgefield's Community Can Effect Crucial Change2011
Ridgefield PatchConn. Boating Accidents and Deadly Consequences2011
Ridgefield PatchBlowing The Whistle: Exposing Fraud For Cash2011
Ridgefield PatchDealing With Unfair Insurance Practices: Use Your Resources2011
Ridgefield PatchConnecticut Tree Law and Liability For Injuries2011
Ridgefield PatchHow to Get Properly Compensated For Your Storm Related Losses2011
Ridgefield PatchPunitive Damages in Connecticut2011
Ridgefield PatchAvoiding School Bus Accidents and Injuries2011
Ridgefield PatchHedonic Damages in Connecticut2011
Ridgefield PatchThird Party Accidents: Extending Fault in Motor Vehicle Accidents To Responsible Third Parties2011
Ridgefield PatchDischarging Illegal Fireworks, Liability for Injuries2011
Ridgefield PatchHit-and-Run Accidents In Connecticut: How To Get Compensation in Cases Where The Driver Cannot Be Found2011
Ridgefield PatchU.S. Supreme Court Limits Class Action Lawsuits2011
Ridgefild PatchAm I Covered?: Insurance Companies and Bad Faith Claims2011
Ridgefield PatchConnecticut Bullying Laws2011
Ridgefield PatchSimilar Prior Accidents2011
Ridgefield PatchSudden Emergency Doctrine2011
Ridgefield PatchIs Your Car Too Quiet?2011
BookA Wolf in Sheep's Clothing2011
Ridgefield PatchHedonic Damages in Connecticut2011
Ridgefield PatchConnecticut Tree Law and Liability For Injuries2011
Ridgefield PatchProposed Legislation: Avoiding Tractor Trailer Accidents2011
Ridgefield PatchDUI Prevention: Moderation and Education2011
Ridgefield PatchDrowsy Driving and How To Prevent An Accident2011
Ridgefield PatchTeen Drivers and the Parent/Guardian Contract: Ways to Promote Our Children’s Safety2011
Ridgefield PatchAvoiding Hazardous Springtime Driving Conditions2011
Ridgefield PressAvoid Motor Vehicle Accidents While Driving In Work Zones2011
Ridgefield PressWhen Is a Waiver of Liability or General Release Enforceable?2011
Ridgefield PatchAmerican Workers' Compensation Law Turns 100 (Ahoy!)2011
Ridgefield PatchMotorcyclists Return To The Roadways2011
BookThe Crash Course on Motorcycle Accident Cases2011
EzineCommon Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents and Car Crashes2010
EzineSlip and Fall and Trip and Fall Cases and How They Occur2010
EzineCommon Causes of Large Truck Accidents2010
EzineCommon Causes of Child Accidents or Wrongful Death and How You Can Help to Prevent Them2010
EzineThe Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death Cases2010
BookThe Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut2010
ezinePost Traumatic Stress Disorder in a Personal Injury Case2010
Ridgefield PatchWasted and Wired: A Deadly Combination2010
WorkbookThe Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut; The Workbook2010
BookThe Crash Course on Child Injury Cases2010
Ridgefield PatchSlip and Fall: Location, Location, Legislation2010
Ridgefield PatchWhere Should I File My Conn. Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice or Wrongful Death Case2010
Ridgefield PatchDriving With Your Unrestrained Pet2010
Ridgefield PatchReviewing Your Medical Records to Get Better Medical Care2010
Ridgefield PatchThe Ins and Outs of The State's Motor Vehicle Points System2010
Ridgefield PatchPlay Nice: Are The "10 Worst Toys" on Your Shopping List?2010
Ridgefield PatchAn Act Concerning Adverse Events at Hospitals and Surgical Facilities2010
Ridgefield PatchAvoid Your Child's Involvement in Cold Weather Accidents2010
Ridgefield PatchPreventing Medical Errors Related To Prescription Medication2010
Ridgefield PatchTeen Safe Driver Awareness Week in CT2010
Ridgefield PatchStragegies For Dealing with Insurance Company Claim's Adjusters2010
Ridgefield PatchHoliday Parties, Avoidable Accidents2010
Ridgefield PatchSobriety Checkpoints in Connecticut2010
Ridgefield PatchFatal Deer-Related Accidents Are on the Rise2010
Ridgefield PatchDram Shop Liability in Connecticut2010
Ridgefield PatchIssues in CT Dog Bite Cases and What To Do2010
Ridgefield PatchHow To Protect Yourself From Irresponsible Drivers When You Are Involved in an Accident2010
Ridgefield PatchParental Liability in Alcohol Cases Involving Minors2010
Ridgefield PatchReducing Teenage Car Crashes2010
EzineTips For Dealing With Your Treating Physician For Your Personal Injury Case2009
EzineHow To Get Better Health Care Concerning Your Personal Injury Case2009
EzineHow To Properly Document Your Personal Injury Case To Maximize Your Financial Recovery2009
EzineTypes and Causes of Wrongful Death Cases2009
EzineIatrogenic Diseases and Medical Malpractice2009
EzineSpinal Surgery and Medical Malpractice2009
Ezine.comAcute Appendicitis and Risks For Misdiagnosis and Medical Malpractice2009
Ezine.comSeven Reasons Physicians Are Sued For Medical Malpractice2009
EzineFailure to Diagnose Or Misdiagnosis of Cancer Facts2009
EzineInformed Consent Elements and Patient Rights2009
EzineUnderstanding the Patient's Bill of Rights2009
EzineAnesthesia Malpractice and Anesthesia Mistakes2009
EzineEmergency Room Malpractice2009
EzineHow to Increase the Value of Your Medical Malpractice Case Using a Day in the Life Video2009
EzineHow to Resolve Your Medical Malpractice Case Through Arbitration2009
EzineTypes of Medical Malpractice Cases and What to Do2009
EzineNursing Home Malpractice and Nursing Home Abuse - The Signs, Symptoms, and What to Do About It2009
EzineSurgical Malpractice and Surgical Errors2009
EzineHow Self Employed Persons Can Get More Money For Their Medical Malpractice Case2009
EzineThe Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Trial2009
EzineTypes and Causes of Hospital Malpractice2009
EzineWhat You Need to Know Before Filing a Medical Malpractice Case2009
EzineFind Out If You Have a Medical Malpractice Case Based Upon Obstetrical Errors2009
EzineWhat You Should Know About Surgical Instruments Being Left in Your Body2009
EzineFind Out If Your Surgical Error is on the "Never Event" List2009
EzineMedical Malpractice Risks Associated With Breast Implants2009
EzineStrategies For Avoiding Becoming a Plaintiff in a Medical Malpractice Case2009
EzineGastric Bypass Surgery and Medical Malpractice2009
EzineBlood Clots and Medical Malpractice2009
EzineHow the State Where Your Medical Malpractice Occurred Could Limit Your Recovery2009
EzineEmergency Room Malpractice - Why it Happens and What You Can Expect to Recover in Damages2009
EzineIs Your Lawyer Inappropriately Involved With Your Business Affairs and Committing Legal Malpractice?2009
EzineThe Secrets of How You Can Help Prevent Becoming a Medical Malpractice Victim From Medication Errors2009
EzineOne of the Greatest Misconceptions About Medical Malpractice Cases2009
EzineWhat You Should Do If You Are Involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident2009
EzineWhat Are Class Action Lawsuits?2009
EzineLead Paint Poisoning - A Chronic Health Issue2009
EzinePreparing to Testify For Your Personal Injury Case2009
EzineTips For Undergoing an Independent Medical Examination2009
EzineDog Bite Attacks and What to Do2009
EzineBurn Injuries and Obtaining Compensation2009
EzineDefective Products and Product Liability Cases2009
EzineMotorcycle Accidents and Potentially Responsible Parties2009
EzineSpinal Cord Injuries2009
EzineTraumatic Brain Injury- TBI2009
EzineConstruction Accidents and What You Can Do2009
EzineTips to Get You Top Dollar For Your Serious Personal Injury Case2009
EzineSlip and Fall Down Cases2009
EzineHit and Run Accidents and What to Do2009
BookUnderstanding and Improving The Value of Your Personal Injury Case2009
BookHow To Explode Your Practice2008
BookWhat You Need To Know About CT DUI2007
Ridgefield PressWhat To Do If You Are Involved in a Motor Vehicle AccidentN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of ConnecticutBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1979

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
WebinarLeveraging Demand Letters to Obtain High Settlements in Auto Accident Cases2015
WebinarLeveraging Colossus in Auto Accident Claim Recovery: Guidance for Counsel2014
WebinarTips and Techniques for Adding Value to Your Client's Claim with Adjuster's who are using Colossus2013
Ridgefield Chamber of CommerceReady, Set, Goals!2010
2010 Goal Setting WorkshopProfessional Development2009
Society For Human Resource ManagementEffective Presentations2006
ToastmastersBusiness Development2003
ToastmastersInternational Speech Contest2001