Jennifer B. Goldstein has devoted her legal practice to civil litigation in areas including medical malpractice, negligence, tort, complex commercial litigation and personal injury law. Her clients include individuals who have suffered serious or catastrophic injury, sexual abuse, sexual discrimination, traumatic brain injury and medical malpractice.
A significant focus of Ms. Goldstein’s work has been to represent individuals pursuing claims against institutional defendants.
Such claims have included actions against defendants such as boarding schools or the Boy Scouts of America for childhood sexual abuse; municipalities and school systems for failure to protect students from bullying or physical injury, or failure to provide mandated special education services; municipalities and towns for sexual harassment against public employees; and national nursing home corporations for injuries to elderly residents.
Ms. Goldstein has also represented police officers in actions involving the exercise of a union member’s constitutional rights to free speech and free association as well as a police officer’s right to be compensated for on-the-job injuries.
In a recent appeal successfully briefed and argued by Ms. Goldstein, the Connecticut Supreme Court held that police officers and firefighters may bring negligence lawsuits against third party tortfeasors to recover for injuries sustained in the performance of duty; this decision granted to Connecticut police officers and firefighters a right that was previously extended to other public employees, but often withheld from public safety officers.
Ms. Goldstein previously practiced law at prominent firms in Connecticut and New York, including Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where her practice focused primarily on complex commercial litigation, including business torts, contract disputes and insider trading. Ms. Goldstein has achieved significant results for her clients and has helped to bring about important institutional change.
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