Kevin M. Tepas

Of Counsel

Kevin M. Tepas is primarily engaged in the litigation of professional negligence lawsuits as well as related administrative hearings. Kevin’s practice currently focuses on the defense of medical care providers in personal injury and wrongful death cases and administrative hearings before State Board of Medical Examiners.

Kevin has enjoyed a diverse practice in all areas of personal injury litigation including legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, products liability, motor vehicle accidents involving both commercial and private passenger vehicles, wrongful death, unfair trade practice matters, and premises liability. He also has experience in first party coverage claims and business contract litigation.

Kevin is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). The ACTL is composed of the best of the trial bar in the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the ACTL is extended by invitation to only those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose careers have been marked by the highest ethical standards, professionalism and civility. Fellowship is limited to 1% of the Bar and Fellows must have a minimum of 15 years of experience.

In addition to being invited to join the ACTL, Kevin was also invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates. In additions, Kevin has been selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers® every year since 2007.

Kevin started his legal career defending criminal cases as an Area Defense Counsel in the Air Force JAG Corp. Kevin has tried a large number of jury cases to verdict in state and federal courts in Connecticut, and boasts a significant win rate. Kevin has also successfully argued appeals before the Connecticut Appellate Court and the Connecticut Supreme Court as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kevin has been a seminar speaker on topics pertaining to civil practice and procedure including the role of expert witnesses in a civil trial. He also has served as a Special Master for the Superior Court for several years and also as a Federal Special Master.

Professional Affiliations: 
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Connecticut, Fairfield County and American Bar Associations
  • Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers (2007-2018)
Representative Experience: 
  • Represented an internist charged with negligent failure to diagnose Strep A which quickly caused the death of a 42 year old woman. Despite significant medical testimony in support of plaintiff’s case and in spite of enormous emotional impact of the death of a young woman who left a widower and a young son, Kevin obtained a defendant’s verdict and then was able to protect the verdict at the Appellate and Supreme Court level.
  • Represented a vascular surgeon charged with failure to diagnose an emerging cardiac infarction in a 60 year old man on whom he have performed vascular surgery 2 days earlier. Obtained a defense verdict.
  • Represented a radiologist charged with failure to appreciate an emerging breast cancer on his patient’s mammogram allegedly leading to the death of a 49 year old mother of 3. Obtained defense verdict.
  • Represented surgeon charged with failure to diagnose and treat a bowel perforation in female patient in her mid 50’s leading to death. Obtained defense verdict.
  • Represented a gastorentrologist charged with failure to diagnose colon cancer in an older woman leading to death. Obtained defense verdict.
  • Represented national manufacturer of snow blowers in a products liability claim charging that product defect lead to amputation of several fingers on the plaintiff’s master hand. Obtained defendant’s verdict
  • Represented national manufacturer women’s clothing on products liability claim that terry cloth nightgown was unreasonably flammable leading to disfiguring burn on 65 year old woman. Obtain defendant’s verdict.
Reported Decisions: 

Doyle, Nancy Admr’x  v. Kamm, Harold, et al. 133 Conn.App. 25 (Conn.App. 2012)

Juchniewicz, Richard Admr’, v. Bridgeport Hospital et al., 281 Conn 29 (2007); 86 Conn App 310 (2004)

Carlson, Vita Admr’x v Waterbury Hospital, 280 Conn 125 (2007)

Kriz v. Coldwell Banker, 67 Conn App 688 (2002)

Kyrtatas v. Stop and Shop, 205 Conn 694 (1988)

Dennison v Klotz, 206 Conn 803 (1988)