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Brian Prucker has practiced law in Connecticut since 1985 in the area of personal injury and workers’ compensation. He has handled numerous negligence cases including automobile and truck accidents, falls, dog bites, uninsured and underinsured claims, and Dram liquor actions.

A motorcycle enthusiast since 1966, he has represented many motorcyclists. His experience includes medical and nursing home malpractice including accidental and wrongful death. He has handled complex product liability actions as well as air crash litigation. A former mill and construction worker who worked his way through school, he has represented numerous construction tradesmen in workers’ compensation and third party claims with the advantage of real world life experience.

Attorney Prucker is licensed to practice in all State of Connecticut Courts and the Federal District Court of Connecticut, where he once served as a clerk for the United States Attorney for Connecticut and worked researching evidentiary issues for the Machoteros trial in Hartford.  Numerous civil cases and hundreds of workers’ compensation formals have been tried by Attorney Prucker. He has handled dozens of appeals and has never charged a represented client for an appeal on a case he has handled. He has assisted many clients in claims before the Social Security Administration.

Brian Prucker is proud to protect the rights of hard working people across the State of Connecticut who have been injured and are trying their best to recover by providing professional, caring and personal representation in an increasingly complex and hostile legal environment.

BORN AND RAISED IN CONNECTICUT.

He resides at Stoughton Brook Farm in Union, Connecticut’s least populated town just up the dirt Crooked S Road from where he grew up in Stafford on a small farm.  He worked in agriculture while younger and at sixteen he obtained a nearly full-time union job at the Stafford Workers’ Cooperative, at that time the oldest cooperative in the country. As a produce worker, his duties included loading, unloading and driving produce loads in and out of the Hartford Farmer’s Market.

At Stafford High School he received the TIME award for outstanding student in history and current events and played soccer, basketball and track. Following graduation he became a mill worker for Dry Core Felt in Staffordville with duties including maintenance, mill work, and driving truck loads to another of their mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts and Roosevelt Mills in Rockville. He also worked for a period operating a loom at Roosevelt Mills.

He obtained a construction job and a union book from Local #230 of the International Laborer’s Union. Duties included concrete and masonry work on buildings and highways, including driving scaffolding trucks and erecting scaffolding. Brian Prucker worked his way through college with construction jobs and various other work including bartending, painting, truck driving, asphalt, carpentry, and steel erection until law school graduation in 1985. Initially he went to Manchester Community College and was elected student body president and subsequently president of the Associated Community College Student Governments of Connecticut. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Connecticut State College and was a member of the Senior Honor Society ARISTOI with a major in English Literature and a minor in Business Administration. He obtained his law degree in 1985 from the University of Connecticut School of Law. During law school, he worked half time for a real estate law firm on Constitution Plaza and subsequently clerked for the United States Attorney and for the Attorney General of Connecticut. On weekends he bartended and waited tables at an Italian restaurant. He performed various duties during the week for the Town of Stafford including duties as a selectman and reviewing the Indices of Records. For twenty years he was a Black Belt instructor in Tae Kwan Do karate.

Attorney Prucker has been highly involved in his community. He served 2 ½ terms as a Selectman. He served as Chairman of the Stafford Conservation Commission authoring a published article “Conservation on a Shoestring”. He served as a coach for midget basketball and was a member of the Torrent Fire Company. He was chairman of the Community and Civic Affairs Committee as well as Summerfest and the Kid’s Fishin’ Derby. He was auditor of the indices of records, a justice of the peace, and a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and Economic Development Commission. He was a member of the Stafford Youth Services Commission and a member of the School Building Committee. He served as ex-officio on numerous committees. He is a life member of the Historical Society and was a member of Friends of the Library. He ran twice for the State Legislature in the 52d District, losing narrowly in primaries. He was a candidate for First Selectman in 1986, losing to the former Motor Vehicle Commissioner. An avid outdoors-man, he was part of a mountaineering club at UCONN and was a member of the Stafford Fish and Game Club and the Stafford Rod and Gun Club. He is a former Stafford Constable and served as a Tolland Country Deputy Sheriff including during the arraignment of Michael Ross and the Somers Prison riot arraignments. He was a Stafford Adult Education instructor.

Attorney Prucker has handled a number of high profile cases including successfully representing two Department of Environmental Law Enforcement Captains who were dismissed after reporting stolen water craft in possession of the son of the Lt. Governor, and subsequent legislative hearings resulting therefrom. He also represented the family of a Latvian immigrant whose estate was the subject of a Probate Court dispute where Attorney Prucker successfully challenged the Court appointed administrator as improperly empowered. In workers’ compensation, in the watershed case of Borent v. State of Connecticut, he established that each day of exposure to repetitive trauma is a new day for purposes of the statute of limitations, a case with enormous ramifications for injured workers. In the civil case of Mack v. LaValley, Attorney Prucker defined the work horse rule of collateral sources as to comparative negligence, a case of particular importance to pre-trial settlements. He has been awarded a Who’s Who Top Attorneys of North American designation (www.TopAttorneysNA.com).

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Highlights:

Achievements:

  • Former Associate Director, Connecticut Trial Lawyers’ Association;
  • Law Clerk, Office of United States Attorney;
  • Law Clerk, Office of Connecticut Attorney General;
  • Criminal Law Clinic, University of Connecticut School of Law;
  • Arbiter of Claims;
  • Lecturer on workers’ compensation issues and trial issues;
  • Dean’s Council – University of Connecticut School of Law;
  • Former Associate Editor, CTLA FORUM;
  • Former Lobbyist, Connecticut Trial Lawyers’ Association;
  • Past Editor, CTLA Legislative Brief;
  • Former Counsel, State Orthopaedic Association;
  • Past member and lecturer, Injured Workers Committee;
  • Former member CTLA Workers’ Compensation Committee;
  • Former Fact Finder, Connecticut Labor Department;
  • Former Tolland County Sheriff;
  • Former Justice of the Peace; and
  • Former Stafford Constable.

Areas of Practice:

  • Personal injury law, including motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, uninsured and underinsured motorist claims, dog bites, premises liability, Dram actions and wrongful death.
  • Workers’ Compensation including trauma and injury, repetitive trauma and occupational disease by way of hearings, formals or appeals.
  • Social Security Disability (SSD) appeals and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims.

Community Service:

  • Selectman, Town of Stafford (1980-1985);
  • Candidate State Legislature in 52d District (1978,1982);
  • Candidate First Selectman (1986);
  • Zoning Board of Appeals;
  • School Building Committee;
  • Stafford Youth Services Board;
  • Justice of the Peace;
  • Economic Development Commission;
  • Midget League Basketball Coach;
  • Stafford Fire Department;
  • Historical Society; Friends of the Library;
  • Chairman, Summerfest, Kids’ Fishin’ Derby;
  • Tolland County Sheriff;
  • Chairman, Stafford Conservation Commission;
  • Chairman, Stafford Community and Civic Affairs Committee;
  • Stafford Adult Education Instructor; and
  • Stafford Constable, Marine Warden.

Education:

  • Stafford High School;
  • Manchester Community College A. S., General Studies, President Student Body, President Associated Community Colleges Student Government;
  • University of Connecticut – History Major;
  • Western New England College School of Law, Student Bar Association;
  • Eastern Connecticut State College, B.A., English Literature, minor Business Administration; and
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D. (1985).

Professional Organizations:

  • Former Associate Director, Connecticut Trial Lawyers’ Association;
  • Past member National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives;
  • Past member Connecticut Society of Association Executives;
  • Connecticut Bar Association;
  • Former member Tolland County Bar Association;
  • Past Life and Sustaining Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America;
  • Former Member Local #230 International Laborers’ Union; and
  • Former Member Tolland County Sheriffs’ Association.

Service Organizations:

  • Italian Benefit Society;
  • Former Member Monson Polish Club;
  • Former Member Stafford Rod and Gun Club;
  • Former Member Elk’s Club BPOE Rockville;
  • Former Member Stafford Fish and Game Club;
  • National Sheriffs’ Association; and
  • Charter Member World Wildlife Fund.