Sergio C. Deganis | Cheshire Personal Injury Lawyer

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Sergio Deganis is a partner with the firm of Ouellette, Deganis, Gallagher & Grippe LLC. He represents both Plaintiffs and Defendants involved with personal injury and commercial litigation. For over 30 years he has successfully represented clients in personal injury and property damage matters: motor vehicle accidents; dog bite and animal liability; breach of fiduciary duty; construction injuries and losses; legal malpractice; product liability; uninsured/underinsured claims; wrongful death matters; electrocutions, fires and burns; as well as insurance coverage. Sergio has tried many cases to resolution through jury trials, court trials, arbitrations and mediation proceedings. He is corporate counsel to several local companies. He successfully represented a Connecticut company in a complex breach of fiduciary duty matter where his client won a multi-million dollar verdict including all rights to Massachusetts based company.

Sergio is a court appointed Arbitrator and Special Master for the State of Connecticut. He is also frequently appointed as an arbitrator by private parties. He is admitted into the Massachusetts Bar; Connecticut Bar; U.S. District Court for District of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court for District of Connecticut; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; and, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; Connecticut Bar Association; and is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He previously was the managing and senior trial attorney with DuBorg & Deganis, American International Group’s Counsel for Connecticut. In his initial legal position Sergio worked on behalf of General Electric Company nationwide. He was responsible in part for defending a wide variety of GE products and services.

Sergio is AV – Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.
Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

I represented the Estate of a an unmarried very elderly man who was killed by a snow plow in the middle of a blizzard in his condo parking lot after he was instructed to stay indoors until after the storm subsided. Defendant claimed his vehicle had a back up alarm, visibility was extremely poor and he never saw the decedent. I had the plow examined by an accident reconstruction expert who could say that the back up alarm was not functioning. we deposed the building superintendent who testified he did not hear the back up alarm. I was able to resolve the case for a significant amount without having to expose my elderly fragile very nervous client to a deposition.

How did you build a successful practice?

Beyond the initial claim stage, I prepare each case as if it is going to trial. Preparation is key so as to avoid unpleasant surprises. I am transparent with my clients and provide them with an objective view of their case and the likelihood of success. I communicate case developments with them so they are informed and there are no surprises. I keep abreast of the developments in the personal injury field through continuing education.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?

Clients should look for experienced, skilled, successful lawyers to handle their case. In this regard I have 40 years of successful experience representing all types of clients in personal injury matters. Clients should look for an attorney who is highly credentialed and highly rated by reputable peer review organizations. I am Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in civil litigation. This is the only board organization certification for litigation specialists. I have also been rated AV-Preeminent (The highest possible rating) by Martindale-Hubble peer review for the past 11 years. I have also been named to Super Lawyers annually since 2013. I am also named by Bests as recommended counsel.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?

Knowledge of local conditions is extremely important. For that reason we often meet at the accident site with the client where possible to fully understand the circumstances surrounding the cause of the injuries.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?

I can explain the litigation process. I can describe the timeline the potential client can expect. I can outline what additional information/evidence we will need. I can generally provide the law which is involved regarding a claim. Based on what information is provided I may be able to assess the general likelihood of success.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?

I would need to know the basic facts involving how the incident happened and the type and severity of the injury involved.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

I am objective, transparent, honest, aggressive and thoroughly prepared..

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding aspect of my work rep[resenting an injured person is to maximize their recovery amount in the most timely and efficient manner.

What are your other interests in addition to law?

I enjoy DIY projects, traveling and reading.

Are you involved in your community?

I am a member of the Cheshire United Methodist Church since 1986. I have served on most committees at one time or another. For over 20 years I have co-lead an adult Sunday School class. My law firm contributes annually to the Cheshire Food Pantry and other local charities. My law firm is also a major sponsor of two annual road races which serves to benefit Abilities Without Boundaries and other local charities.

Position Organization Location Duration
PartnerOuellette, Deganis, Gallagher & Grippe, LLCCheshire, CTPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
Suffolk University Law SchoolJ.D. Law School1981  
University of BuffaloMastersPublic PolicyN/A
State University of New York at BuffaloBachelorsN/A
State / Court Date
Connecticut1988
Massachusetts1981
  • Member | Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
    Member | Connecticut State Bar Association
    Member | Massachusetts State Bar Association
  • AV Preeminent | Martindale-Hubbell | 2020
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(1981) Licensed as Attorney in Massachusetts. Verified with The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.November 17, 2020
(1988) Licensed as Attorney in Connecticut. Verified with Connecticut Bar Association.November 17, 2020

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Language: Italian | English

Update Date: 2016-05-13

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Cheshire, CT 06410
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