59 Elm Street, New Haven CT 06510
T 203-624-9500  

Eric P. Smith

Partner

"Accountability means accepting responsibility for wrongdoing, and making up for the resulting harms. Ensuring this accountability is the foundation of our jury system."
+Overview

As a partner of Faxon Law Group and having litigated civil cases for more than 23 years, Eric has tried dozens of complex cases involving medical and professional malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, birth trauma and aviation. Eric earned his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law and was a partner at a well-known New Haven litigation firm before joining Faxon Law Group in early 2009.

Eric brings creativity and a strong sense of energy to his clients’ cases. He believes clients are looking for an innovative firm, with smart trial lawyers, who can deliver confidence, skills, and resources to get them the best results. And, he made the decision to join Faxon Law Group because he believes the firm embodies these qualities.

In addition to his trial work, Eric has authored and argued several appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court. He is an active member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) and the Connecticut and New Haven County Bar Associations. He also has taught as an adjunct professor for over a decade, instructing ABA-certified classes on litigation and business law.

A certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), Eric is frequently invited to speak with various professional groups and civic organizations about legal issues.


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Education

University of New Haven, 1992 (cum laude)

Quinnipiac University School of Law, 1995 (cum laude)

Awards & Recognitions

AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
(highest rating in professional excellence based on peer and judiciary review)

Best Lawyers In America, personal injury litigation, 2012-2018

Connecticut Super Lawyer Selected Top 50 - 2017, 2018

New England Super Lawyer, personal injury litigation, 2009-2018

Admissions

State of Connecticut

U.S. District Courts (Districts of Connecticut, Southern District of New York)

U.S. Court of Appeals (Second Circuit)

Memberships

Board-certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (Medical Malpractice, Continuing Education and Public Relations subcommittees)

Connecticut Bar Association

New Haven County Bar Association (Executive Committee)

Milford and Greater Bridgeport Bar Associations

Board of Trustees, Elm City Internationals (ECI)

Presentations & Publications

Nuts & Bolts Program, New Haven County Bar Association, 2002 - 2016

Wrongful Death Litigation seminar, Norwalk Community College, 1999 – 2015

Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA and Other Claimed Liens and Subrogation Rights
2010, 2011, 2012

"The Thin Line Between 'Ministerial' and 'Discretionary,'" Connecticut Law Tribune, 2010

You’ve Been Subpoenaed, Now What?
National Business Institute
2006


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What's on my playlist

Linkin Park / Mike Shinoda, Eminem, The Amity Affliction, Jonathan Davis (Korn)

Last read

How We Die, by Sherwin B. Nuland

What I do when not
practicing law

Mountain/trail biking, home improvement projects (wandering around Home Depot), and slowly building confidence to paint with oils on canvas.


Favorite food

Rib eye steak and corn cooked on the grill—summertime favorites.  

Favorite movie/TV character

That Sam Elliot is (still) one cool dude.

One thing I cannot live without

Coffee. The stronger the better.

Favorite vacation spot

Ocean City, New Jersey—the beach and the boards—the perfect place for my three daughters. And that GaleForce is one serious roller coaster.

Website I frequent

Yelp.com. Because I tend to research things.

+Education
Education

University of New Haven, 1992 (cum laude)

Quinnipiac University School of Law, 1995 (cum laude)

+Awards & Recognitions
Awards & Recognitions

AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
(highest rating in professional excellence based on peer and judiciary review)

Best Lawyers In America, personal injury litigation, 2012-2018

Connecticut Super Lawyer Selected Top 50 - 2017, 2018

New England Super Lawyer, personal injury litigation, 2009-2018

+Admissions
Admissions

State of Connecticut

U.S. District Courts (Districts of Connecticut, Southern District of New York)

U.S. Court of Appeals (Second Circuit)

+Memberships
Memberships

Board-certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (Medical Malpractice, Continuing Education and Public Relations subcommittees)

Connecticut Bar Association

New Haven County Bar Association (Executive Committee)

Milford and Greater Bridgeport Bar Associations

Board of Trustees, Elm City Internationals (ECI)

+Presentations
Presentations & Publications

Nuts & Bolts Program, New Haven County Bar Association, 2002 - 2016

Wrongful Death Litigation seminar, Norwalk Community College, 1999 – 2015

Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA and Other Claimed Liens and Subrogation Rights
2010, 2011, 2012

"The Thin Line Between 'Ministerial' and 'Discretionary,'" Connecticut Law Tribune, 2010

You’ve Been Subpoenaed, Now What?
National Business Institute
2006

+News +What's on my playlist
What's on my playlist

Linkin Park / Mike Shinoda, Eminem, The Amity Affliction, Jonathan Davis (Korn)

+Last Read
Last read

How We Die, by Sherwin B. Nuland

+What I do when not
practicing law
What I do when not
practicing law

Mountain/trail biking, home improvement projects (wandering around Home Depot), and slowly building confidence to paint with oils on canvas.


+Favorite Food
Favorite food

Rib eye steak and corn cooked on the grill—summertime favorites.  

+Favorite movie/TV character
Favorite movie/TV character

That Sam Elliot is (still) one cool dude.

+One thing I cannot live without
One thing I cannot live without

Coffee. The stronger the better.

+Favorite vacation spot
Favorite vacation spot

Ocean City, New Jersey—the beach and the boards—the perfect place for my three daughters. And that GaleForce is one serious roller coaster.

+Website I frequent
Website I frequent

Yelp.com. Because I tend to research things.

Eric P.  Smith

203-624-9500

esmith@
faxonlawgroup.com

59 Elm Street
New Haven CT 06510