Neil Sugarman

Neil Sugarman

Principal and Co-Founder

Aggressively representing clients in all types of cases has kept him at the forefront of Massachusetts personal injury law for over 50 years.

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Aggressively representing clients in all types of cases has kept him at the forefront of Massachusetts personal injury law for over 50 years.

  • Biography
  • Recognition
  • Appellate Cases
  • Significant Cases

Neil Sugarman, Co-Founder and Principal, has successfully handled some of the most catastrophic explosion and fire accident cases in Massachusetts, many involving multiple victims. In addition, he has effectively argued leading appellate cases involving the expansion of personal injury law and consumer rights over the course of his 50+ years as an attorney. Neil is consistently recognized as one of the top litigators in Massachusetts and New England. His aggressive representation of his clients, and his obsessive attention to details is known in Massachusetts legal circles and beyond.

His practice encompasses the areas of product liability, medical malpractice, construction site accidents, boating accidents, and complex personal injury lawsuits. His handling of cases of all types has kept him at the forefront of Massachusetts personal injury law.

A frequent lecturer and published writer, Neil has held executive and leadership positions with nearly every major legal association in Massachusetts. He served on the Advisory Board of the N. Neal Pike Institute on Law and Disability at Boston University School of Law and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was a past president of the Boston University School of Law Alumni Association, and a past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.

Prior to practicing law, Neil was a Captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corp and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in the Vietnam conflict.


  • J.D., Boston University, 1965
  • B.S., Northeastern University, 1962

Bar Admission

  • Massachusetts, 1965
  • United States District Court, Massachusetts, 1967
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1976


  • Boston Bar Association
  • Middlesex Bar Association
  • Norfolk Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Massachusetts Trial Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers


  • Boston University School of Law Silver Shingle Alumni Award, 1993
  • American ORT Federation Jurisprudence Award, 1993
  • Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year 2014, Personal Injury Litigation for Plaintiffs
  • "The Best Lawyers in America", 1987-2022
  • "The Best Lawyers in America", Lawyer of the Year, 2010
  • "Top 10 Massachusetts Super Lawyers", Law and Politics, 2004-2021
  • Boston Magazine's "The Top Lawyers of 2021"
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Lawyers
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers, 2006-2010
  • Bronze Star Medal, U.S. Army, Republic of Vietnam, 1965-1967
  • ABA-TIPS Pursuit of Justice Award, 2009
  • American Board of Trial Advocates Robert Morris Award, 2015

Nna, et al. v. American Standard, Inc., 630 F. Supp. 2d 115 (2009)

In an action brought by the widow and injured co-workers of a Massachusetts transportation company employee for a defectively designed warning device (train horn), SUGARMAN attorneys reached a settlement on behalf of their clients when the court denied the defendant horn manufacturer's motion for Summary Judgment. The manufacturer tried to argue, unsuccessfully, that the horn was not defective and did not play a role in causing the accident.

Quincy Mutual Fire Ins. Co. v. Quisset Properties, Inc., 69 Mass. App. Ct. 147 (2007)

SUGARMAN attorneys represented a Massachusetts state trooper who was catastrophically injured when struck by a car registered to Quisset Properties and insured by Quincy Mutual. Quincy Mutual denied coverage for the state trooper's injury claims on the basis that its insured (Quisset) failed to provide Quincy Mutual with necessary information about its business and, as a result, was in breach of the insurance contract. SUGARMAN attorneys intervened on behalf of Quisset and successfully argued on appeal that the insurance policy applied. As a result, SUGARMAN was able to obtain a sizable settlement, paid by two insurers including Quincy Mutual, for the state trooper.

Maillet v. ATF-Davidson Co., 407 Mass. 185 (1990)

A jury verdict found for a worker whose hand was injured in a press in a product liability/defective product lawsuit. Upheld on appeal, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found that the negligence and breach of warranty by a product manufacturer was a violation of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statute (G. L. 93A, §9(4)).

Driver struck by a commercial truck

Settlement for married 50 year-old father of three who suffered a life-altering brain injury when his car was rear-ended and run over by a commercial truck.

Nursing home guest slips on ice leaving facility

Settlement for a middle-aged woman who slipped and fell on an ice patch at the entrance to the defendant’s nursing home resulting in a rotator cuff tear requiring surgical repair, and back injuries. The client had been visiting her elderly father at the nursing home.

Severe injuries sustained by construction worker in fall on jobsite

Settlement in personal injury case for 39-year-old construction worker, who fell 15 feet to the ground in Norwell, Massachusetts while working on the roof of the defendant general contractor’s property. The construction worker sustained bilateral wrist fractures requiring multiple surgeries, and facial lacerations.  

Nursing home guest slips on ice leaving facility

Settlement in premises liability case for a middle-aged woman who slipped on an ice patch at the entrance to the defendant’s nursing home resulting in a rotator cuff tear requiring surgical repair, and back injuries. The client had been visiting her elderly father at the nursing home.

Driver struck by a truck resulting in spinal fractures

Settlement in personal injury case for a 69-year-old driver who suffered spinal fractures in a motor vehicle and truck collision in Lunenburg, resulting in a complex surgery with hardware implantation.

Dram shop/liquor liability and motor vehicle negligence

Recovery in personal injury lawsuit against driver and bar in which he was served after becoming intoxicated before driving a corporate-owned exotic sports car off the road and into a tree at a high rate of speed, resulting in the death of both himself and his passenger.

Slope failure causes property damage

Settlement in nuisance and negligent trespass case for plaintiffs who sustained significant property damage and resulting loss of business income when a massive earthen slope broke free during an extensive rain storm. The slope failure occurred due to a neighboring landowner's failure to properly maintain its land, which led to the formation of unnatural depressions on the land that pooled water and over-saturated the adjacent slope during the rain storm.

Negligent removal of kneecap during surgery

Medical malpractice settlement against orthopedic surgeon and his practice group for the inappropriate surgical removal of a 50-year-old man's left kneecap in treatment of multi-compartmental knee arthritis.

Hit and run accident results in severe facial scarring

Pre-suit personal injury settlement on behalf of young woman who was struck by a drunk driver while she was a pedestrian. Plaintiff sustained severe injuries, including a permanent foot long scar down the center of her face.

Product liability - Defective aerial lift design

Settlement of product liability lawsuit for the family of a young boy who was catastrophically injured when an aerial lift truck he was riding in tipped over due to a defect in its design. The young boy suffered severe brain damage that left him paralyzed and unable to speak or care for himself.

Wrongful death and injury claims resulting from industrial explosion

Settlement against a Springfield company and a chemical manufacturer following a resin-powder explosion that caused the death of three foundry workers and seriously burned and maimed nine others. In reviewing tens-of-thousands of documents and conducting scores of depositions, SUGARMAN lawyers uncovered the defendant company's corporate orders to reduce and eliminate safety programs at the foundry in order to increase production and profits. These reductions caused an explosion hazard which the defendant knew was a danger to the injured and deceased employees.

Sodium explosion causes tragic firefighter deaths

Settlement in a negligence and product liability case against a Newton chemical company for eleven firefighters injured as a result of a sodium explosion at the company.

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SUGARMAN lawyers know that the damage done to lives by injury can be profound, yet often difficult to quantify or describe. And those effects last a lifetime. Our personal injury lawyers have the experience and resources to make a powerful case by developing the evidence and using expert consultation and testimony in order to prove your claim at trial. Just as important, we represent the injured and their families with special regard for the social, mental and emotional issues they face.

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