James O. Gaston, born in Birmingham, Alabama, February 2, 1959; admitted to Connecticut and Federal bars, 1983, U.S. Claims Court, 1991.
Education: Lehigh University (B.S., 1980); Duquesne University (J.D., 1983); Assistant Editor, Duquesne University, Legal Periodical, Juris, 1982-1983.
Author: “Direct Action Suits in Uninsured Motorist Cases,” Connecticut Lawyer, Vol. 3, No. 6, March 1993; “Recall Without Retreat-Assessing the Changes in Personal Injury Automobile Law from the Plaintiff’s Perspective,” Connecticut Lawyer, Vol. 4, No. 5, February, 1994; “Cutting The Gordian Knot of Apportionment,” Connecticut Lawyer, Vol. 5, No. 9, June / July, 1995.
Member: Greater Bridgeport Bar Association (Member, Civil Trials and Procedure Committee), Connecticut Bar Association (Member, Board of Governors, 1993-Present; House of Delegates, 1993-Present; Executive Committee Litigation Section, 1986-Present; Chair, Litigation Section, 1996-1999; Client Security Fund, 1993-1997) and American Bar Associations; Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Governors 2004-present), Chairman, People’s Law School Committee, 1988-1993; Chairman, Expert Data Bank Committee, 1990-1993; Legislative Committee 1992-1998; Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1990-1992); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (State Coordinator, 1990-1994). Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1990; National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2013-Present; Million Dollar Advocate Forum 2007-Present.
Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Automobile and Truck Crashes, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Falls / Defective Premises, Dog Bites, Uninsured / Under-insured Motorist Insurance Claims.
Named SUPER LAWYER in Connecticut Magazine, February 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
AN IMPRESSIVE RECORD
The firm is first and foremost a trial firm, and Attorney Gaston has achieved an extensive record during the past 38 years winning more than 100 jury trials; approximately 80 percent of his cases reach settlement before going to trial. Throughout more than 38 years in practice, Attorney Gaston has helped clients obtain multiple millions of dollars in compensation. On occasion, juries have responded by awarding even more than he requested at trial.
RESPECTED BY PEERS
Attorney Gaston has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy since 1990. He sits on the Board of Governors and House of Delegates of the Connecticut Bar Association and has chaired its Litigation Section. He is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, Attorney Gaston was State Coordinator of the Connecticut Chapter of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation. He has been named a Life Fellow for the James W. Cooper Fellows Program of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.
Attorney Gaston has lectured and written extensively on personal injury and trial practices. He published the following articles in Connecticut lawyer: “Direct Action Suits in Uninsured Motorist Cases,” “Recall Without Retreat – Assessing the Changes in Personal Injury Automobile Law from the Plaintiff’s Perspective” and “Cutting the Gordian Knot of Apportionment.”
WHEN DEALING WITH A VICTIM’S LIFE-CHANGING INJURIES, THERE IS NO SECOND PLACE.
For more than 38 years, Attorney Gaston has successfully represented people who have sustained serious life-changing injuries.
*The trial record does not guarantee any specific results. A win is an award equal to or greater than that, which would have been accepted as a settlement.
Please note that we do not, and cannot represent you until a written employment agreement is executed. For a free consultation, please call – (203) 334-1656. Our firm works nearly extensively on a contingency fee basis, meaning unless we secure you compensation there are no legal fees owed.