Suisman Shapiro Attorneys Again Named to Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers; Eric W. Callahan Selected as a Rising Star


John A. Collins, III, and Matthew Shafner of Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law have again been named to the Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers lists as top attorneys for 2013. Each year, no more than five percent of attorneys in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are selected by Super Lawyers. In addition, Eric W. Callahan has been named to the Rising Stars list; each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state under the age of 40 are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous, multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an individual research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. The first Super Lawyers list was published in 1991, and by 2009 the rating service had expanded nationwide. In February 2010, Super Lawyers was acquired by Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.

"Suisman Shapiro congratulates Eric Callahan for being selected as a Rising Star, and the firm is honored to once again have three of our senior level attorneys chosen for this very special recognition by Super Lawyers and our peers," said John Collins, the firm's Managing Director.

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, 2011, 2012 and 2013. 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 Matthew Shafner has been named to Super Lawyers for seven 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 Advocates Forum and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as one of a distinguished group of attorneys who have been included in Best Lawyers for ten years or longer; additionally, he has been named the Best Lawyers 2014 New London Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants "Lawyer of the Year." Mr. Shafner recently received the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award; he is one of only nine recipients since the association formed in 1954.

Eric W. Callahan concentrates in the areas of business law, municipal law, commercial transactions and real estate law. Mr. Callahan also practices appellate law, and has successfully briefed and argued appeals before the Connecticut Appellate Court and Connecticut Supreme Court.