Stephen Sugarman

Stephen K. Sugarman

Of Counsel

Litigating complex personal injury cases, resulting in some of the firm's most significant recoveries for almost two decades.

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800 Boylston Street, 30th Floor
Boston, MA 02199-8001

Litigating complex personal injury cases, resulting in some of the firm's most significant recoveries for almost two decades.

  • Biography
  • Recognition
  • Significant Cases

Throughout the course of his legal career, Stephen Sugarman has prided himself on pursuing and litigating complex personal injury cases, many of which require painstaking investigation before a lawsuit is filed or even contemplated.  As a trial lawyer, Stephen's determined approach to his clients and their families has resulted in some of the firm's most significant settlements for almost 20 years. Stephen now serves as Of Counsel to the firm.

Stephen is past co-chair of the Tort Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association and is a member of numerous bar organizations where he has served on civil litigation, trial and administration of justice committees.

Stephen joined SUGARMAN as an associate in 1999.


  • J.D., Boston University, 1999
  • B.A., Trinity College, 1996 Phi Beta Kappa, 1995

Bar Admission

  • Massachusetts, 1999
  • United States District Court, Massachusetts, 2000


  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (Board of Governors)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation
  • Boston Bar Association Administration of Justice Committee
  • Boston Bar Association, Co-Chair Tort Law Committee


  • “The Best Lawyers in America”, 2011-2022   
  • "Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers", 2013-2018
  • “Massachusetts Super Lawyers”, Law and Politics, 2011-2021
  • “Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars”, Law and Politics, 2005-2010
  • “Fellow”, Massachusetts Bar Foundation
  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Trinity College, 1995

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 by doctor and nurse midwife

Wrongful death settlement for the death of baby shortly following birth. The OB/GYN doctor negligently used Pitocin during labor and left the mother in the care of a midwife.

Defective aerial lift control design

Settlement reached for an electrical apprentice working on the Big Dig. The worker suffered an abdominal crush injury and an esophageal tear because of a malfunction with the bucket controls.

Medical malpractice during shoulder surgery

Settlement for a 26-year-old man who underwent surgery to treat a shoulder dislocation and suffered a brachial plexus injury as a result of the surgery that caused arm paralysis.

Wrongful death settlements for school bus crash

Settlement in a negligence and product liability case against a transportation company and bus manufacturer following the deaths of four middle school students on a school trip in Canada. Through the use of accident reconstructions, SUGARMAN attorneys established that bus driver error was the cause of the deadly crash, and not a roadway design defect as the defendants maintained. SUGARMAN lawyers also prosecuted product liability claims against the foreign bus manufacturer, relying upon biomechanical engineering evidence to show that an improper window design resulted in passengers being ejected from the bus during the crash sequence.

Bicyclist struck in crosswalk by ambulance

The bicyclist sustained severe and permanent injuries to his ankle and heel when an ambulance ran him over. The ambulance was not responding to an emergency and was driving toward an intersection within the speed limit. Through eyewitnesses and an expert witness’ reconstruction of the accident, SUGARMAN attorneys were able to demonstrate the bicyclist was within the confines of the crosswalk before the ambulance reached the intersection, thus proving the defendants’ negligence in the personal injury lawsuit.

Union tunnel worker injured on job

Settlement for a worker who was injured when an auger hooked piece of rebar struck the worker in his leg, causing a tibial plateau fracture. The settlement was reached with the auger operator's employer.

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.

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How SUGARMAN Can Help You.


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


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.

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