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Patrick J. Filan

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Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Car and Truck Accidents
  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • Medication Errors
  • Work Injuries
  • Legal Malpractice


The son of Irish immigrants, Mr. Filan grew up in Derby, Connecticut and graduated from Duke University where he was a member of the Duke University lacrosse team. Patrick earned his law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

While in law school he worked in New York City for a Wall Street law firm, O'Dwyer & Bernstien. This experience included the successful defense of an extradition proceeding brought against an alleged member of the Irish Republican Army charged with shooting an undercover British soldier, In Re Mackin and United States v. Harrison, the successful defense of a federal criminal case brought against alleged members of the IRA charged with shipping arms to Ireland.

Patrick is a seasoned advocate with 40 years of success. He handles complex and routine personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, automobile cases, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, construction and work injuries, defective products, dangerous drugs and attorney malpractice.

Pat represents clients before administrative agencies such as the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and has obtained dismissals of charges and negotiated resolutions.

Mr. Filan has 4 children and resides in Connecticut with his wife.


  • Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1982
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    • A.B. - 1978
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Member, Duke lacrosse team

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1984
  • Ohio, 1982
  • New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1985
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York

Representative Cases

Awards and Accolades

  • Board of Governors Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association, Vice Chairman, Medicine and Law Committee, 1990
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Vice Chairman, Medical-Legal Committee, 1992 to 1993
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rating
  • SuperLawyer, 2009 to 2022
  • "Superb Rating" 10.0 by Avvo
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, Member
  • Irish Legal 100, Member
  • American Association of Justice

Classes & Seminars

  • Managed Care Liability: Future Trends and Liability Issues, Connecticut Bar Association
  • Peer Review and Credentialing, American Bar Association National Institute on Medical Malpractice