Koskoff Attorney Jim Horwitz And Firm Honored For Historic Achievements In Civil Justice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BRIDGEPORT, June 13, 2023 – Atty. Jim Horwitz, the managing attorney at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC, was honored this week by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers’ Association (CTLA) for his lifetime of achievements and contributions to civil justice in the State of Connecticut. In addition, Koskoff attorneys and staff were awarded the Riscassi-Koskoff Civil Justice Award for the landmark victories on behalf of families who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook.
CTLA is a non-profit professional association dedicated to creating and maintaining a more just society by preserving individual rights within the justice system. It is a fellowship of Connecticut’s most accomplished, active lawyers interested in protecting plaintiffs’ rights. The Award was formally conveyed at the CTLA Annual Meeting on June 12.
“We are so incredibly honored to bestow CTLA’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Jim Horwitz,” said Atty. Timothy L. O’Keefe, president of CTLA. “Jim is a tireless advocate for the rights of injured people and he has truly lived the mission of CTLA. We all congratulate Jim on this tremendous honor and thank him for everything he has done for CTLA!”
Since joining the Koskoff firm in 1986, Horwitz has handled cases involving a wide range of conditions resulting from medical malpractice and has become well known for litigation in the fields of obstetrics, neurology, cardiology, and pediatric medicine, as well as wide range of other medical specialties. He has written numerous articles and lectured nationally about birth injuries.
Horwitz’s work as a trial lawyer has resulted in numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts for his clients, including a $58 million verdict, the largest medical malpractice verdict in Connecticut at the time, for a Norwalk family whose son suffered a birth injury that resulted in cerebral palsy.
“From day one, Jim has exemplified everything the firm stands for. He embodies the core qualities that my grandfather and father wanted lawyers at the firm to have – a sense of empathy, thoughtfulness, and collaboration,” said attorney Josh Koskoff. “For decades, Jim has acted in service of his clients’ interests without regard to his own, and provided comfort to those who were lucky enough to call him their champion.”
“We are proud that Jim has been honored and recognized for his decades of service,” Koskoff added.
In 2021, Horwitz was named a fellow of the elite American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership, by invitation only, is afforded to lawyers with at least 15 years of experience and may not exceed 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province.
He is a recent Past-President of both the CTLA and the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association. He currently serves as a member of the CTLA executive committee, and on the board of the Long Wharf Theatre.
In addition to the honor awarded to Horwitz, CTLA awarded the prestigious Riscassi-Koskoff Civil Justice Award to the Koskoff attorneys and staff who won landmark victories on behalf of families who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook. The decade long effort resulted in an historic $73 million settlement with the manufacturer of the assault rifle used in the shooting. Then, in 2022, a jury awarded the largest defamation verdict in American history totaling $1.4 billion to surviving family members and one first responder who were targeted for harassment by Alex Jones and Infowars with the lies that the family members were actors and that the Sandy Hook shooting never occurred.
This award is bestowed upon a person or organization demonstrating compassion and commitment to advocacy on behalf of the injured and, in full support for the civil justice system.
The Koskoff firm has offices in Bridgeport and New Haven. It is nationally known for achieving record verdicts for people who suffer serious personal injuries or economic harm from medical malpractice, violation of their civil or constitutional rights, dangerous products, negligence, drunk drivers, corporate or governmental abuse and commercial misconduct. www.koskoff.com.