Douglas M. Connors Partner

     

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Doug Connors has maintained an unwavering focus on insurance defense throughout his career, starting as a claims adjuster, later working as an in-house lawyer at a major insurance carrier and currently practicing with Wilson Elser's litigation team. Doug has experience defending transportation liability, product liability, professional liability, employment liability, workers' compensation and general liability claims. He also has defended insurance companies in extracontractual and bad faith claims brought by both insureds and third parties.

Given his background working in the insurance industry, Doug is sensitive to the pressure that adjusters are under to resolve claims while limiting their company's exposure. He takes a balanced approach to resolving litigation, providing a vigorous defense without engaging in unnecessary and costly activities in order to best position the case for reasonable settlement or successful trial.

Doug has successfully tried many cases to verdict in Connecticut state and federal courts and New York Supreme Court, and has handled Connecticut state court and federal court appeals as well as administrative appeals before the Compensation Review Board.

Areas of Focus

Insurance Defense
Doug manages workers' compensation claims for an insurance carrier client, expanding the firm's initial role as settlement counsel on the client's existing claims to encompass the defense of new claims. He supervises a team of associates in defending workers' compensation matters for this and other clients, and also trains and mentors younger associates in workers' compensation, automobile and premises litigation matters. For another insurance carrier client, Doug and his team manage and defend personal injury, premises liability, product liability, dram shop and other general liability claims.

Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Doug worked in-house for a major insurance company, defending its insureds in individual claims as well as working with local counsel around the country to coordinate the company's defense in bad faith claims seeking punitive damages. This experience gave him lasting insight into mitigating the many pitfalls inherent in insurance claims handling and litigation.

Doug frequently has provided training and conducted seminars for claims professionals and clients in the areas of workers' compensation and bad faith avoidance, as well as Connecticut procedural matters.