Mr. Hastings concentrates his practice on personal injury and litigation.
He has collected millions of dollars for his clients in cases including motor vehicle accidents, defective products, wrongful death, dog bite incidents, general accident cases, slip and fall incidents, breach of contract claims, unfair trade practice cases, construction litigation, will contests, and general litigation matters.
Attorney Hastings has been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in CT by The National Trial Lawyers. Mr. Hastings is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum which is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the U.S. The membership is limited to attorneys who have won million dollar verdicts or settlements. Less than 1% of all lawyers in the country are members. He has also been named a Connecticut Super Lawyer, a peer evaluated award limited to only 5% of the state’s attorneys. He has also been named a New England Super Lawyer which is limited to the top 5% of all lawyers in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI and CT. He is listed as one of the Top Rated Lawyers in New England’s Leading Leaders Magazine. He has also been named one of the New York Area’s Top Rated Lawyers. He has been named a Top Lawyer by Greenwich Magazine, New Canaan Darien Magazine, Stamford Magazine, Westport Weston & Wilton Magazine and Fairfield Magazine. He is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, its highest rating, and is included in the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers.
Mr. Hastings has taught lawyers throughout the country on how to maximize the amount of money that they can get for their cases. He was invited to participate in this webinar by an Georgia based legal education company because of his experience in dealing with insurance companies that utilize computer software programs in an effort to artificially lower the value of injury cases.
As a result of his vast experience in personal injury law and due to his creative methodologies, Mr. Hastings has received patent pending approval for his business method patent entitled “Personal Injury File Acquisition Method, Client Education Program and Case Referral System.” Mr. Hastings is also in the process of applying for patent pending protection for another business method that will revolutionize the way personal injury lawyers will do business by assisting clients in helping their attorney obtain more money for their personal injury cases.
Mr. Hastings is trained as a mediator by Harvard Law School and the Center for Mediation in Law. Mr. Hastings has also received advanced negotiation training through Harvard Law School and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Pro Bono School Expulsion Project. Mr. Hastings holds the title of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International, its highest designation. He is involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors, has held board positions in a number of charitable organizations and has received a number of governmental appointments.
Mr. Hastings also has extensive business and commercial experience and represents businesses, consultants, trading companies, mortgage brokers, banks, manufacturers, retail establishments, restaurants and numerous service industry clients. He has assisted inventors and start-up companies and prepares memoranda for raising venture capital. Mr. Hastings is also a respected real estate investor who utilizes cutting edge strategies for the maximization of profits and the minimization of tax liabilities. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of a number of corporations, is involved in numerous general partnerships and serves as legal counsel to countless others.
Attorney Hastings is the co-author of Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing published by CelebrityPress which was #1 on the Insurance Best-Seller list on Amazon.com for its launch date. He has also been inducted into the National Academy of Best-Selling Authors and is a member of America’s PremierExperts. Mr. Hastings is also a co-contributor to the book
Ready, Aim, Influence! This book became a number one international bestseller and received an EIPPY award that celebrates publishing excellence.
He was named a recipient of The National Republican Congressional Committee’s prestigious Businessman of the Year Award. He was also selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Executives, Professional and Entrepreneurs. Mr. Hastings is the author of twelve books including an e-book, which he co-authored with a former insurance adjuster, that tells personal injury attorneys how to get more money for their clients’ cases which has sold for $799.99. He has also published hundreds articles and produced over 100 videos on a variety of personal injury and medical malpractice topics and was a syndicated legal columnist.
He is an outspoken advocate for teen driver safety reform and education and as a result was appointed to DMV Commissioner Melody Currey’s Advisory Committee on Teen Safe Driving which is investigating proposed national models for parent and teen education and accident prevention.
Mr. Hastings is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (Business Administration) and Fordham University School of Law. He grew up in Ridgefield and attended a number of its local schools. He is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Associations. He resides in Ridgefield with his wife, Diana and their children, Alexandra, Kathryn, and Zachary. His hobbies include: attending motivational seminars; golf; fishing; hiking, meditation and riding his Harley.