Suisman Shapiro Attorneys Named to Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers

10/26/2010

NEW LONDON, CT: Matthew E. Auger, Matthew Shafner and John A. Collins, III, of Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law have been named 2011 Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers by Minneapolis based Law & Politics Publishing. In addition, firm attorney Robert G. Tukey was named to the Super Lawyers Connecticut and New England Rising Stars 2011 lists. Each year, only five percent of attorneys in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine receive Super Lawyers honors, and only 2.5% of attorneys forty years old and under, or in practice for ten years or less, receive the Rising Stars honor.

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. In selecting attorneys for Super Lawyers, Law & Politics employs a rigorous, multiphase process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.
Suisman Shapiro is the largest law firm in eastern Connecticut, providing residents and businesses along the coast from New Haven to Providence with a full range of legal services. The firm was established more than 70 years ago and is firmly rooted in the community. Suisman Shapiro regularly gives back to eastern Connecticut through its commitment to many local charitable programs, scholarships and sponsorships.

"Suisman Shapiro is proud and honored to again have three of our attorneys selected as 2011 Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers, and one of our young attorneys selected as a Rising Star" said John Collins, III, Managing Director. "This special recognition by our peers is especially humbling considering the vast number of excellent attorneys practicing law throughout New England."

Attorney Matthew E. Auger has been named to Super Lawyers for six consecutive years, beginning in 2006. He handles serious personal injury cases, including wrongful death claims, automobile collisions, slip and falls, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and product liability. Mr. Auger is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate with the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also a Captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Naval Reserve.

Attorney Matthew Shafner has been named to Super Lawyers for five consecutive years, beginning in 2007. He is a nationally recognized lawyer in the fields of asbestos injury, personal injury, maritime injury and workers' compensation. His reported decisions have been published by the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Connecticut, and the U.S. Court of Appeals in the 1st and 2nd Circuits. Shafner is a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum and was recently selected to appear in the 2011 Edition of Best Lawyers in America with the special distinction of inclusion on the Best Lawyers list for ten years or more.

John A. Collins, III, is a Director/Shareholder who concentrates in the areas of Personal Injury Law and Criminal Law. He currently serves as the Managing Partner of Suisman Shapiro. Collins was recognized by his peers by inclusion in Super Lawyers in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011. In 2005, The Connecticut Bar Foundation honored Attorney Collins with selection as a Life Fellow. "Selection as a Fellow requires demonstrated superior legal ability and devotion to the welfare of the community, state and nation, as well as to the advancement of the legal foundation." Source: Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Attorney Robert G. Tukey has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, one of only 2.5% of young attorneys in New England to receive this distinction. He is a graduate of Fairfield University and Western New England College School of Law. A native of southeastern Connecticut, Attorney Tukey's practice includes litigating marital and custody as well as personal injury matters.