George D. Royster: Lawyer with Halloran & Sage LLP

George D. Royster

Hartford,  CT  U.S.A.

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  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Product Liability & Toxic Tort
University Lafayette College, A.B., 1963
Law SchoolWashington University School of Law, J.D., 1966
Admitted1966, Connecticut; 1968, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals; 1973, US Supreme Court


American Board of Trial Advocates
Academy of Court- Appointed Masters
American Bar Association - Commercial
Litigation Section
American Arbitration Association -
Commercial Panel
Connecticut Bar Association - Civil
Justice Section
Connecticut Bar Association -
Disciplinary Committee

BornHartford, Connecticut, August 28, 1941

George practices in the field of business disputes, financial issues, personal injury and arbitration. He has tried over 100 jury cases to a conclusion, has settled over 500 other court cases, arbitrated approximately 30 cases, as a lawyer and has been an arbitrator in another approximately 25 major business and personal injury cases. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in their cases on about a 50/50 basis. His practice is divided between courts approximately as follows: 50% state court; 25% arbitration and 25% federal court. He has been an arbitrator in the fields of health care issues; computer software contract disputes in the fields of health care and insurance; employment contacts, change in control agreements; business disputes; personal injury liability; and in damages evaluations.

He has been a speaker at law functions and other professional functions such as meetings of The Connecticut Bar Association's annual meeting (in June 2013) on the subject of Winning at Arbitration; The Certified Public Accountants Society of Connecticut in the areas of examination and cross examination of expert witnesses; The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, internal business investigations; the attorney client privilege and the work product doctrine; and tort reform.

Among the many types of cases he handles are breaches of contract, unfair trade practices, minority shareholder interests, shareholders derivative actions, fraud, liability of professionals (e.g. accountants, lawyers, investment bankers) who aid and abet a client's fraud, insurance issues, banking issues, ERISA plan providers, financial and securities matters, equitable actions and defenses, directors and officers liability, breaches of fiduciary duty, personal injury litigation, trusts and estates litigation, jurisdictional issues, and general tort litigation including personal injury and products liability. George also serves as a commercial arbitrator and as a Special Master for the U.S. District Court in Connecticut.

George is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, which means that he has met rigorous screening requirements of experience and education and successfully undergone a process of examination and peer review. He is a charter member and first Connecticut president of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a fellow of the Academy of Court Appointed (Special) Masters and a fellow of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys. His professional abilities and ethical standards have earned him the highest AV rating by the peer-reviewed legal directory Martindale-Hubbell. He has been listed in Who's Who in American and International Law and is a fellow of the Connecticut and American Bar Foundations. George received the American Jurisprudence Award in Insurance and is a former member of the Judicial Selection Commission for the State of Connecticut. He has advanced training as a commercial arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association, and FINRA and has taken courses in mediation.

George was Chairman of the Civil Litigation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Hartford County Bar Association and member of the Board of Editors of the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Presently he is a certified arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. Since 2006 he has been selected by Super Lawyers in the areas of Business Litigation, Civil Litigation and Professional Liability.


Preparing for the Preliminary Arbitration Hearing
2013 Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, 06/17/2013


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Free Time

In his free time George enjoys golf, skiing and is a certified open water diver. George is also a amateure radio operator and is licensed by the Federal Government to operate radio station WI-JHD.

Reported CasesRepresentative Matter: Representation of an Urban Renewal Project; Represented a client in a failed multi-million dollar urban renewal project where the plaintiff claimed breach of contract, misrepresentation and violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA).Representation of a Federally Chartered Bank; Represented a federally chartered bank for claims of negligence and violation of contract where we impleaded a third party for bank fraud.Representation of a Major Creditor; Represented a major creditor against claims the company's officers and directors failed to oversee the conduct of the corporation and protect its assets for the benefit of creditors.Representation in a Corporate Governance Case; Represented claimants in a corporate governance case - similar to the Enron and WorldCom cases - involving claims that corporate management dissipated assets...Representation of a Major Public Utility; Represented a major public utility against claims of unfair trade competition (Lanham Act & CUTPA) resulting in a summary judgment in the client's favor in federal courtRepresentation of a Healthcare Insurance Company; Represented a major health care insurance company for claims of unfair trade practices and breach of contract resulting in the plaintiff paying our client over $500,000 on our counterclaimRepresentation of a Major Financial Services Company; Represented a major financial service company against claims of insurance and bank fraud resulting in a settlement for less than seven percent of its alleged value after a summary trial.Representation of a Clothing Manufacturer; Represented a clothing manufacturer in a claim of theft of business opportunity, trade secrets and breach of contract resulting in the federal court granting an injunction preventing the client's competitors from taking advantage of its trade secrets.Representation of a Minority Shareholder; Represented a minority shareholder in a closely held family business resulting in client being able to purchase the business for a price substantially less than its market value.Representation of a Computer Software Manufacturer; Represented a computer software manufacturer in a case involving breach of contract, negligent and intentional misrepresentation in the inducement and unfair trade competition in a case tried in Missouri, which settled after three weeks of trial for less than two percent of the alleged value.Sanctions Award; Obtained one of the largest sanctions awarded in the United States against an opposing individual attorney in a fraud case.Representation of Products ManufacturersRepresentation of Numerous PlaintiffsRepresentation of Numerous Defendants

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George D. Royster

225 Asylum Street
HartfordCT 06103


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