Jack G. Steigelfest

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Jack Steigelfest graduated with High Honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the law review. He then had the privilege of clerking for Justice David Shea at the Connecticut Supreme Court. Attorney Steigelfest is admitted to practice before the State and Federal Courts in Connecticut, as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jack practices in the field of civil litigation, at both the appellate and trial level, and more specifically handles complex disputes involving insurance, serious injury, death and property damage, as well as more general litigation in the fields of personal injury and insurance defense. Jack has served as Editor in Chief of the Connecticut Bar Journal and as President of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association. He has been appointed a judicial arbitrator/fact finder by the Connecticut Judicial Branch and was appointed by the Chief Justice to sit on Connecticut’s Code of Evidence Oversight Committee. Jack holds the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell*, has been recognized by Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers* (civil litigation defense), and is listed in Best Lawyers in America* (appellate law).

*For information on how these rating services develop and award their designations, see:

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association, (President 2003-4, Recipient of President’s Award of Excellence 2013)
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Sr. Editor for Civil Litigation, Connecticut Bar Journal (Editor in Chief 2008-10)
  • Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Defense Research Institute (Exceptional Performance Citation 2003-4)
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement and Public Service

  • Life Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation (Chair of High School Essay Contest, 2013-present)
  • Arbitrator/Fact Finder, appointed by Connecticut Judicial Branch
  • Member, Code of Evidence Oversight Committee, Connecticut Judicial Department
  • Board Member, Men’s Club, Beth Sholom B’nai Israel (Co-Chair Programming 2016, V.P. of Finance 2008-2014, President Temple Club 2013-2015)
  • Co-Chair, Todd Abitz Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Member, ADL Connecticut Civil Rights Committee
  • Recipient, 2013 Keeper of the Flame Award, CT Valley Region, FJMC
  • Former Member, Civil Division Task Force, Connecticut Judicial Department
  • Former Member, Civil Jury Instruction Task Force, Connecticut Judicial Department

Seminars

  • Connecticut Appellate Advocacy Institute, CBA 2016, 2012, 2007, 2005
  • Auto Insurance Law and Accident Litigation In Connecticut, Lorman 2003, 2002
  • Insurance Coverage Law in Connecticut, NBI 2003, 1998
  • Beyond Coverage: An Update on Insurance Bad Faith Claims, CDLA 2001
  • Adjusting the Automobile Injury Claim in Connecticut, NBI 2000
  • Annual Survey of Connecticut Law, Torts, UCONN Alumni Association, 2000, 1999
  • Connecticut Personal Injury Practice for Paralegals, Half Moon 2000
  • Bad Faith Litigation in Connecticut, NBI 1999
  • Private Client Seminars

Publications

  • Steigelfest, 2006 Survey of Developments in Civil Litigations, 81 Conn. B. J. 123 (2007)
  • Steigelfest, 2005 Survey of Developments in Civil Litigation, 80 Conn. B. J. 99 (2006)
  • Steigelfest, Book Review: Alternate Dispute Resolution in Connecticut’s Courts, 73 Conn. B. J. 314 (1999)
  • Steigelfest, Withdrawal and Reinstatement of State Court Actions, 71 Conn. B.J. 389 (1997).
  • Steigelfest, The Unity of Interest Rule and Peremptory Challenges in Connecticut, 69 Conn. B.J. 353 (August 1995)
  • Steigelfest, The Common Law of Indemnification: Narrowing and Expanding the Doctrine, 4 Conn. Lawyer No. 6, pg. 3 (March 1994)
  • Steigelfest, Summary Judgment Rule in Insurance Coverage Actions 41 Conn. Law Tribune, No. 48 at S6 (11/30/2015)
  • Steigelfest, Reversing the American Rule: Collecting Attorneys Fees from Plaintiffs and Plaintiffs’ Counsel, 20 The Defense No. 1 (Winter 2005)
  • President’s Column: How to be Miserable as a Defense Lawyer, 19 The Defense No. 1 (Spring 2004)
  • Steigelfest, Beyond Coverage: An Update on Insurance “Bad Faith” Claims, 16 The Defense No. 3, pg. 1 (Summer 2001)
  • Epstein & Steigelfest, Stacking Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: A Friendly Debate – Yes, “Stacking” is Dead and Buried, 12 The Defense No. 2, pg. 1 (Spring 1996)
  • Steigelfest, Multiple Claims, Meager Coverage, 10 The Defense No. 2, pg. 1 (Spring 1994)
  • Steigelfest, Double/Treble Damages and Ethical Issues, 10 The Defense No. 1, pg. 3 (Winter 1994)
  • Steigelfest, Cumis in Connecticut? An Insurer’s Right to Select Defense Counsel, 9 The Defense No. 1, pg. 1 (Winter 1993)
  • Note, The End of an Era for Single-Sex Schools?: Mississippi University for Women v. Hogan, 15 Conn. L. Rev. 353 (1983)

Jack G. Steigelfest

P: 860-525-3101 x214
F: 860-247-4201
jgs@hksflaw.com
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Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit 1987
  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Court 2014

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D. with High Honors, 1984
  • Lehigh University, B.S., 1981

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