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.

31 St. James Ave.
10th Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Biography

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.

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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.

Significant Cases

defective products 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.

medical malpractice Patient dies after hospital administers wrong medication

Pre-discovery settlement in wrongful death medical malpractice case for family of a 91 year old man who died in a Boston-area hospital as a result of the medical staff giving him a high dose of a psychiatric medication intended for another patient. Soon after filing suit, SUGARMAN’s attorneys served a demand letter on the hospital’s insurer for its failure to make a settlement offer when liability was clear. The case settled soon after.

Recovery under Massachusetts’ liquor liability law for family of man killed in single car accident

Significant recovery for the widow and family of a man who died in a single car accident as a passenger in his friend’s vehicle. The driver of the car was intoxicated at the time of the accident, and had been drinking at a bar near the accident site. SUGARMAN attorneys brought claims on behalf of the widow and family against the driver and the establishment, under Massachusetts’ liquor liability law, alleging that the driver was negligent and that the bar had over-served him.

defective products 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.

medical malpractice 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.

medical malpractice Failure to report abnormal CT scan results

Pre-lawsuit settlement for family of a 73-year-old widow who died from metastatic lung cancer after cardiothoracic surgeon failed to inform her of a mass in her lung visible on CT Scan three years earlier.

Education

  • 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

Affiliations

  • 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”, 1987-2023
  • “The Best Lawyers in America”, Lawyer of the Year, 2010
  • “Top 10 Massachusetts Super Lawyers”, Law and Politics, 2004-2022
  • 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, 2007-2022
  • Inductee, Lawdragon Hall of Fame, 2022
  • 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)
  • Quincy Mutual Fire Ins. Co. v. Quisset Properties, Inc., 69 Mass. App. Ct. 147 (2007)
  • Gaeta v. National Fire Ins. Co., 410 Mass. 592 (1991)
  • Maillet v. ATF-Davidson Co., 407 Mass. 185 (1990)
  • Sabel v. Meade Johnson & Co., 737 F.Supp. 135 (D. Mass. 1990)
  • Colter v. Barber-Greene Co., 403 Mass. 50 (1988)
  • Downs v. Gulf & Western Mfg. Co., 677 F. Supp. 661 (D. Mass. 1987)
  • Mirageas v. Massachusetts Bay Transp. Auth., 391 Mass. 815 (1984)
  • Mark v. Obear & Sons, Inc., 313 F. Supp. 373 (D. Mass. 1970)

How SUGARMAN Can Help You.

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    We will listen carefully to you.

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    We will advise you regarding your potential case and the relevant law.

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    We will investigate for you and bring legal proceedings if appropriate.

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.