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Erika L. Amarante
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Wiggin and Dana LLP
265 Church St
New Haven, CT 06508-1832
Erika Amarante is a partner in Wiggin and Dana's Litigation Department. She represents hospitals, physicians and other health care providers in cases alleging professional liability, including claims of medical negligence, lack of informed consent, negligent credentialing and products liability. She has extensive experience defending against allegations of catastrophic injuries such as wrongful death, birth trauma, delayed diagnosis of cancer, and brain injuries. Erika also has had the unique experience of sitting in a claims management position, setting reserves and valuing cases. She regularly counsels health care providers on issues of liability and reducing risk.
In addition to health care litigation, Erika's practice also includes litigation, arbitration and counseling on a wide variety of complex commercial and civil litigation issues. She has extensive experience in state and federal courts and before arbitrators and mediators in a variety of forums and states. A seasoned franchise litigator, Erika has arbitrated and litigated dozens of franchise cases and has been chosen by her peers for listing in The Best Lawyers in America in the Franchise category. Erika has been actively involved in the Forum on Franchising, most recently participating in leadership of the Forum's Women's Caucus.
Erika also counsels the firm's clients on the requirements of federal and state antitrust law. She is actively involved in the ABA Section of Antitrust, and serves as Chair of the Section's Distribution and Franchising Committee. Erika has contributed to several of the Section's publications, including the most recent editions of both Antitrust Law Developments and State Antitrust Practice and Statutes, as well as the second edition of the Franchise and Dealership Termination Handbook. She also serves as Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association's Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, and is a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.
Erika received a BA with distinction from Cornell University in 1995, and in 1998 received her J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Environmental Law Journal. After law school Erika served as law clerk to Justice Richard N. Palmer and Justice Francis M. McDonald on the Connecticut Supreme Court, and later served as Executive Assistant to Chief Justice Francis M. McDonald on the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Wiggin and Dana is a full-service law firm with 150 lawyers that represents clients throughout the country and abroad from our offices in Connecticut, New York and Philadelphia. Wiggin and Dana provides a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of our diverse client base. Our clients include publicly traded companies, hospitals and other health care organizations, universities, entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies, real estate developers, financial institutions, museums, charitable organizations and individuals.
For over thirty years Wiggin and Dana's Medical Malpractice Defense Practice Group has represented hospitals and health care providers in hundreds of cases alleging professional negligence. As one of the principal defense counsel in medical malpractice actions for a premier Connecticut hospital and academic medical center, Wiggin and Dana has successfully defended matters involving complex medical issues and large damage exposure. Representative cases include claims of birth trauma, delayed diagnosis of cancer, wrongful death, anesthesia complications and brain injuries. Wiggin and Dana attorneys have represented physicians of all specialties, as well as nurses, psychologists and other health care providers. In addition to claims of professional negligence, we have defended claims alleging lack of informed consent, misrepresentation, emotional distress, sexual misconduct and violations of HIPPA and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practice Act ("CUTPA").
Wiggin and Dana attorneys routinely consult with clients on risk management issues and pre-litigation matters, providing practical tips and "lessons learned" from the cases we have defended. We also have a proven track record in matters brought by the Department of Public Health ("DPH"), including, among other things, claims of provider substance abuse. We have successfully represented physicians and other health care providers in DPH matters, including representation in DPH investigations, at compliance conferences and, to the extent necessary, at administrative hearings and appeals.
Our medical malpractice team includes nationally recognized appellate counsel who work collaboratively with trial counsel as complex or novel issues arise at the trial level. In addition, they have extensive experience in medical malpractice appeals. Our lawyers have a long history of success in cases of first impression involving medical malpractice and health care law.
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