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Steven J. Zakrzewski

Senior Counsel

(860) 494-7511
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Hartford
95 Glastonbury Blvd.
Suite 206
Glastonbury, CT 06033


Education

J.D., with honors, University of Connecticut School of Law, 2011

  • Dean’s Scholar
  • Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, Executive Editor
  • Moot Court Board, Jessup International Competition Team 
  • Mock Trial Society, Coaching and Judging Coordinator
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Intensive Trial Advocacy, Employment Discrimination, International Tax Policy

B.S., Accounting, University of Connecticut, 2008

  • Barton Family Business Scholar

Honors

New England Super Lawyers Rising Star® in Civil Litigation: Defense, Insurance Coverage, and Business Litigation (2014-2018)

David H. Neiditz Professional Writing Award (2011)

Steve Zakrzewski is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Tort & Product Liability, Professional Liability Defense, and Insurance practice groups. He aggressively and efficiently defends manufacturers of medical devices, automotive products, and construction products, and also defends clients in mass tort claims, including asbestos cases and, more recently, litigation regarding opioid medications. In professional liability cases, he has represented condominium associations, real estate professionals, insurance professionals, and attorneys, defending their reputations as well as their interests in litigation. He has also consistently produced great results for clients facing discrimination claims.

As an Attorney, Mr. Zakrzewski focuses on responsiveness, recognizing the importance of close communication with his clients to develop legal strategies that meet their objectives. Mr. Zakrzewski also prides himself on his ability to organize and assimilate large amounts of information quickly, and effectively uses technology to streamline cases, especially during the discovery phase. Thorough preparation is also a cornerstone of Mr. Zakrzewski’s practice — this is absolutely essential in developing effective defense strategies and crafting incisive legal arguments.

Before joining Gordon & Rees, Mr. Zakrzewski worked as a civil litigator for a prominent downtown Hartford firm. He defended insurers and policy-holders against actions under commercial general liability, homeowners, motor vehicle, liquor liability, employment practices, and real estate title insurance policies. He litigated multiple commercial disputes, generating positive outcomes for clients in both state and federal court, as well as mediation and arbitration.

Mr. Zakrzewski earned his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and graduated with honors. He served as Executive Editor of the Insurance Law Journal, he was given awards for best oralist and best brief as a member of the Moot Court Board, and he was also a competing member of the Mock Trial Society. Before attending UConn Law, he earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from UConn’s School of Business where he was a Barton Family Business Scholar, and he worked on the audit team for the largest regional accounting firm in New England.

Admissions

Connecticut

Memberships

Connecticut Bar Association
Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute

Community Activities

Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs – Executive Committee
Arts for Learning CT – Board of Directors
Wethersfield Historical Society – Board of Directors

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Contact

(860) 494-7511

szakrzewski@grsm.com


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Hartford

Education

J.D., with honors, University of Connecticut School of Law, 2011

  • Dean’s Scholar
  • Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, Executive Editor
  • Moot Court Board, Jessup International Competition Team 
  • Mock Trial Society, Coaching and Judging Coordinator
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Intensive Trial Advocacy, Employment Discrimination, International Tax Policy

B.S., Accounting, University of Connecticut, 2008

  • Barton Family Business Scholar

Honors

New England Super Lawyers Rising Star® in Civil Litigation: Defense, Insurance Coverage, and Business Litigation (2014-2018)

David H. Neiditz Professional Writing Award (2011)

Steven J. Zakrzewski

Senior Counsel

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Biography

Steve Zakrzewski is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Tort & Product Liability, Professional Liability Defense, and Insurance practice groups. He aggressively and efficiently defends manufacturers of medical devices, automotive products, and construction products, and also defends clients in mass tort claims, including asbestos cases and, more recently, litigation regarding opioid medications. In professional liability cases, he has represented condominium associations, real estate professionals, insurance professionals, and attorneys, defending their reputations as well as their interests in litigation. He has also consistently produced great results for clients facing discrimination claims.

As an Attorney, Mr. Zakrzewski focuses on responsiveness, recognizing the importance of close communication with his clients to develop legal strategies that meet their objectives. Mr. Zakrzewski also prides himself on his ability to organize and assimilate large amounts of information quickly, and effectively uses technology to streamline cases, especially during the discovery phase. Thorough preparation is also a cornerstone of Mr. Zakrzewski’s practice — this is absolutely essential in developing effective defense strategies and crafting incisive legal arguments.

Before joining Gordon & Rees, Mr. Zakrzewski worked as a civil litigator for a prominent downtown Hartford firm. He defended insurers and policy-holders against actions under commercial general liability, homeowners, motor vehicle, liquor liability, employment practices, and real estate title insurance policies. He litigated multiple commercial disputes, generating positive outcomes for clients in both state and federal court, as well as mediation and arbitration.

Mr. Zakrzewski earned his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and graduated with honors. He served as Executive Editor of the Insurance Law Journal, he was given awards for best oralist and best brief as a member of the Moot Court Board, and he was also a competing member of the Mock Trial Society. Before attending UConn Law, he earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from UConn’s School of Business where he was a Barton Family Business Scholar, and he worked on the audit team for the largest regional accounting firm in New England.

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Admissions

Connecticut

Memberships

Connecticut Bar Association
Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute

Community Activities

Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs – Executive Committee
Arts for Learning CT – Board of Directors
Wethersfield Historical Society – Board of Directors

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