Frederic S. Ury
Frederic S. Ury is a founding member of the firm Ury & Moskow, L.L.C. in Fairfield, Connecticut. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and past President of the Connecticut Bar Association (2004-2005). Mr. Ury has been practicing law for 35 years. He is an AV rated attorney by Martindale Hubble and has been listed as one of the Super Lawyers in General Litigation in New England and in Connecticut for the past eight years (2006 - 2013). He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar and U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in 1977, the New York Bar in 1989, and the United States Supreme Court in 1982.
Mr. Ury is a prominent trial lawyer in criminal, and civil matters. Mr. Ury also represents other attorneys accused of ethical violations. (See www.urymoskow.com for more information about the law firm.)
Mr. Ury earned his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts in 1977 and his B.S. degree with highest distinction from Babson College in 1974.
A frequent lecturer, Mr. Ury speaks on such diverse topics as civil procedure and ethics, as well as the Future of the Legal Profession throughout the United States. For the past 11 years, he has presented an annual seminar to attorneys in Connecticut on Civil Procedure. He has presented seminars and demonstrations on trial techniques at a number of trial advocacy seminars produced by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Connecticut Bar Association. Attached is a list of the various places Mr. Ury has spoken as well as the topics.
In addition to speaking engagements Mr. Ury has written about the profession in a number of publications.
Mr. Ury has successfully brought as well as defended hundreds of cases to conclusion in Connecticut’s Superior, Appellate, and Supreme Courts. Representative appellate cases include: Carrol v. Allstate Insurance Company, 262 Conn. 433, 815 A.2d 119 (2003); National Loan Investors, LP v. Heritage Square Associates, 54 Conn.App. 67, 733 A.2d 876 (1999); Paige v. Town Plan and Zoning Commission of Town of Fairfield, 235 Conn. 448, 668 A.2d 340 (1995); Paige v. Town Plan and Zoning Commission of Town of Fairfield, 231 Conn. 934, 649 A.2d 256 (1994); Manndorff v. Dax, 13 Conn.App. 282, 535 A.2d 1324 (1988); Marion Road Association v. Harlow, 1 Conn.App. 329, 472 A.2d 785 (1984).
In addition to his service as President of the Connecticut Bar Association in 2004-2005, Mr. Ury is an active member of numerous professional associations including the Connecticut Bar Association’s Litigation Section where he served as vice-chair (1992-1993) and chair of the Section (1993-1996). He has served as chair and co-chair of the Continuing Education Committee and was founding Editor-in-Chief of the Litigation Section’s newsletter, Sidebar. From 2005-2010, he was co-chair of the Attorney Trustee Defalcation Committee which was established by the Connecticut Bar Association to deal with the increasing problem of attorney defalcations. He is the 2013 recipient of John Eldridge Shields Distinguished Professional Service Award which was awarded by the Connecticut Bar Association at their annual meeting.
He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Fairfield County Bar Association, New York Bar Association, and the Bridgeport Bar Association.
Mr. Ury has held a number of positions with the National Conference of Bar Presidents (“NCBP”). In 2005, he began a three year on the Executive Council of NCBP. He has been on the Programming Committee of the NCBP since 2004. He was Secretary, Treasurer, and President-Elect of the organization over the years 2009-2011. He was President of NCBP from 2011-2012. He is presently Past President of NCBP.
Mr. Ury has been active in the American Bar Association. He was a member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates from 2004-2009. In 2009, he was one of 13 people appointed by ABA President Carolyn Lamm to sit on the Ethics 20/20 Commission which was charged with reviewing the Model Code of Professional Responsibility and making appropriate changes to bring the Code up to date. He was co-chair of the Technology Sub-committee of the Commission. The Ethics 20/20 Commission completed its work in February 2013 and successfully presented a number of changes to the ABA House of Delegates which adopted all of the proposals that were presented. In August 2012, he was appointed by President Laurel Bellows to be Chair of the Standing Committee on Professionalism for the ABA. He has been re-appointed by James Silkenat the President Elect of the ABA to be Chair of the Standing Committee on Professionalism for 2013-2014. The Standing Committee published a book on professionalism in August of 2013, entitled Essential Qualities Of The Professional Lawyer. Mr. Ury is one of the authors of the book.
In 2007, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and has been a Member of the James Cooper Fellows since 2005. He was Chair of the Nominating Committee for the James Cooper Fellows from 2010-2012.
From 2009-2012, he was on the Editorial Board of the Connecticut Law Tribune and continues to be a frequent contributor to the newspaper.
In 2010, he was appointed by the Connecticut Judicial Branch as a member of the Bar Examining Committee for the State of Connecticut.
Mr. Ury has been a court-appointed fact finder/arbitrator for the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch over 13 years. He is also on the panel of neutral arbitrators for the Alternative Dispute Center in New Britain and is a State Department of Education Hearing Officer. As a hearing officer for the Department of Education, he hears cases concerning residential accommodations and expulsions for the State technical high schools. In addition, he has performed many mediations and arbitrations for members of the private bar.
Mr. Ury was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Chase T. Rogers in 2007 to serve as one of two attorneys on the Steering Committee of the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Public Service and Trust Commission. The commission was charged with developing a long range plan for the Judicial Branch. In 2008, he was appointed along with The Honorable Douglas Mintz to be co-chair of the Uniformity of Court Rules Committee, which was a sub-committee of the Public Service and Trust Commission. From 2006-2010, he was a Committee Member of the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Identity Theft Committee. He has been a member of the Civil Justice Commission since 2004.
Over the years, Mr. Ury has also been active in the local community. He served on the Community Council of Westport-Weston from 1982-1984; was a member of the Board of Directors for United Way of Westport-Weston from 1985-1995; was a member of the Board of Trustees for Babson College from 1975-1981 and Corporation Member from 1975-1985; was President of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism from 1997-2000; and was Co-Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee for the Congregation from 2007-2008. Since 2009, he has been a Trustee of the Westport-Weston Foundation and the Hurlburt Trust. Both trusts give money to families in need in Westport and Weston Connecticut.
Mr. Ury has also devoted much personal and professional time to pro bono and philanthropic activities. For the past seven years, he has been a court-appointed special public defender for the Connecticut Superior Court in Stamford and Bridgeport. In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Mr. Ury and the firm donated hundreds of hours of free legal representation to World Trade Center victims and their families in hearings before the Victims’ Compensation Board. As a result, he and the firm helped recover millions of dollars for the 9/11 victims families.
Mr. Ury is an avid bicyclist and is a founding member of Charity Treks, Inc., a not for profit charity organized in 2002 dedicated to raising funds for research into finding a vaccine for AIDS and a cure for breast cancer. (See www.charitytreks.org for more information.)
Areas of Practice
- Banking and Commercial Law
- Criminal Law
- Medical Malpractice
- Personal Injury Law
- Real Estate
- Trial and Appeals in all Courts
Certified Legal Specialties
- Civil Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1994
- Connecticut, 1977
- New York, 1989
- U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1977
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
- Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
- J.D. - 1977
- Law Journal: The Advocate, The Suffolk University Law School Journal, Editor-in-Chief, 1976 - 1977
- Babson College
- B.S. - 1974
- Honors: Highest Distinction
- Euthanasia: The Courts Struggle to Find a Solution, Volume 7, No. 2, The Advocates
- Parents Legal Primer, Teens, Trouble, Consequences, and Liability, Vol. 14, No. 3, Connecticut Lawyer, 2003
- Carrol v. Allstate Insurance Company, 262 Conn. 433, 815 A.2d 119 (2003)
- National Loan Investors, L.P. v. Heritage Square Associates, 54 Conn. App. 67, 733 A.2d 876 (Conn. App. 1999)
- Paige v. Town and Zoning Comm. of Town of Fairfield, 235 Conn. 448, 668 A.2d 340 (1995)
- Paige v. Town and Zoning Comm. of the Town of Fairfield, 231 Conn. 934, 649 A.2d 256 (1994)
- Manndorff v. Dax, 13 Conn. App. 282, 535 A.2d 1324 (Conn. App. 1988)
- Marion Road Association v. Harlow, 1 Conn. App. 329, 472 A.2d 785 (Conn. App. 1984)
- Instructor, Procedure, Practice, and Protocol in Connecticut Civil Courts, 1998 - Present
- Instructor, Public Speaking and General Law, Westport Continuing Education, 1992 - 1993
- Instructor, Real Estate and General Research, Fairfield University, 1979 - 1988
Honors and Awards
- AV Rated Attorney by Martindale Hubbell
- Selected as a Super Lawyer in General Litigation in the 2006 - 2013 issues of New England Super Lawyers Magazine and Connecticut Magazine
- Selected as a Top Lawyer, Litigation in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue of Westport Magazine
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association, Member, Commission on Ethics 20/20, 2009 - Present
- American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member, Committee on Commercial and Banking Litigation
- National Conference of Bar Presidents, President, 2011
- American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, ABOTA & Member, ABOTA Connecticut Chapter, October 3, 2009 - Present
- Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 1977 - Present
- Connecticut Bar Association, President, 2004 - 2005
- Connecticut Bar Association, President-Elect, 2003 - 2004
- Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member, Executive Committee, 1987 - Present
- Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member, Rules Committee & Bench/Bar Committee, 1995 - Present
- Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section, Chair, 1993 - 1996
- Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section, Vice Chair, 1992 - 1993
- Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section Newsletter, Associate Editor, Sidebar, 1993 - 1996
- Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section Newsletter, Founding Editor-in-Chief, Sidebar, 1992 - 1993
- Connecticut Bar Association, Co-Chair, Attorney Trustee Defalcation Committee, 2005 - Present
- Connecticut Bar Association, Co-Chair, Continuing Education Committee, 2000 - 2004
- Connecticut Judicial Branch, Bar Examining Committee
- Connecticut Judicial Branch, Committee Member, Information/Privacy-Committee on Judicial Information Policy (formerly Identity Theft Committee), 2006 - Present
- Connecticut Judicial Branch, Court Appointed Arbitrator/Fact Finder, 1998 - Present
- Connecticut Judicial Branch, Executive Committee, Civil Justice Commission, 2002 - Present
- Connecticut Judicial Branch, Special Public Defender, 2007 - Present
- Connecticut Judicial Branch, Steering Committee Member, Public Service and Trust Commission, 2007 - Present
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Connecticut Academy of Board Certified Trial Attorneys, Member, 1994 - Present
- Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1977 - Present
- Fairfield County Bar Association, Member
- National Conference of Bar Presidents, President-Elect, 2011, 2005 - Present
- National Conference of Bar Presidents, Chair, Sponsorship Committee
- National Conference of Bar Presidents, Member, Finance and Programming Committees
- New York Bar Association, Member
- Stamford Regional Bar Association, Member
- Babson College, Corporation Member, 1975 - 1985
- Babson College, Member, Board of Trustees, 1975 - 1981
- Charity Treks, Inc., Founding Member
- Community Council of Westport-Weston, President, 1982 - 1984
- Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Co-Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, 2007 - Present
- Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, President, 1997 - 2000
- Trial Lawyers Care, Inc. for 9/11 Victims, Pro Bono Attorney, 2002 - 2004
- United Way of Westport-Weston, Vice President, 1992 - 1993
- United Way, Member, Board of Directors, 1985
- Beta Gamma Sigma