Law Office Of Averum J. Sprecher - Legal Expert | Middletown, CT facebook logo-blue twitter logo-blue
Gavel

Averum J. Sprecher

Internal-Pod-Image-1 Law Court Court room

Throughout his career, Attorney Sprecher has defended clients from various charges, including: motor vehicle negligence, defective premises, products liability, insurance coverage issues, and general tort litigation.

Focus

Attorney Sprecher has been an active trial and appellate lawyer in both civil and criminal litigation for over thirty (30) years. He has been the chief trial and appellate counsel in precedent setting cases, in trials in which juries have returned verdicts of Not Guilty to charges of Capital Felony (Death Penalty), intentional murder, and numerous other felonies, and has tried won or settled individual personal injury claims in excess of one million dollars. Attorney Sprecher graduated with honors from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas (nationally

recognized for excellence in its trial and appellate advocacy programs), where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Journal. Following graduation Attorney Sprecher served as a Law Clerk to a Justice or the Texas Supreme Court , and the next year as a Law Clerk to the Chief' Judge of the United States Court of Appeals For the Fifth Circuit, after which he opened an

office for the private practice of' law, which has been in continuous operation since, with the

hallmarks of close client contact, and exhaustive case and trial preparation.

Attorney Sprecher has represented clients in civil and criminal cases in the fields of practice listed below:

Areas of Practice

  • Capital Murder

  • Intentional Murder

  • Felony Murder

  • Manslaughter

  • Negligent Homicide

  • Vehicular Homicide

  • Domestic Violence

  • Kidnaping and Unlawful Restraint

  • Drug Offenses

  • Sex Offenses

  • Internet Solicitation

  • Child Pornography

  • Psychiatric Security Review Board Release Hearings

  • Financial Crime

  • Embezzlement

  • Theft

  • Healthcare fraud

  • Robbery

  • Burglary

  • Arson

  • Assault and Battery

  • Cruelty to Persons

  • Defense of Clergy

  • Professional Misconduct/License Termination

  • Mental disease or defect defense

  • Personal Injury

  • Wrongful Death

  • Malpractice claims - Physicians/Hospitals

  • Products Liability

  • Defamation -libel/slander

  • Dcfective Premises

  • Divorce

  • Contracts

  • Will Contests

  • Patcrnity

  • Usury

  • Criminal Appeals

  • Civil Appeals

100% of Practice is devoted to Litigation.

Bar Admissions:

Connecticut, 1972

Texas, 1969

U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1971

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1971

United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1971

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1970

United States Supreme Court, 1972

B.A.: Boston University, Boston Massachusctts

Juris Doctor: South Texas College of Law, Houston Texas

Honors:

  • Editor-in-Chief, South Texas Law Journal

  • Inducted Member, Order of the Lytac, HonoraI)' Academic Society recognizing excellence and attainment in the study of law

  • National Moot Court Team: member and author of winning brief in the

  • Southwestern (m ult i·State) Regional Round Competition

  • Graduated Cum Laude

Law Clerkships Following Graduation

 

Law Clerk To Honorable John R. Brown, Chief Judge, United State Court of Appeals For the Fifth Circuit, 1970·71

Law Clerk to Honorable Sears McGee, Justice, Supreme Court of the State of Texas, 1969-71

 

Published Works

 

Comment, South Texas Law Journal, Continuing Echoes of Gideon's Trumpct· - The Indigent Defendant and the Misdemeanor; A New Crisis Involving the Assistance of Counscl in "A Criminal Trial" - Volume 18 No.3 pages 222-268.

 

Teaching Positions

 

Adjunct Professor, South Texas College of Law: Appellate Practice And Procedure In the Texas Supreme Court - 1970-71

 

Bar Association Offices

 

President, Middlesex City Bar Association, 1999-2000

 

Militarv Service

 

Honorable Discharge, United States Marine Corps.

Trial Court

 

Attorney Sprecher was the trial counsel in a murder case in which thc prosecution called several jail house informants as witnesses. The Trial Judge, although allowing the Defendant to conduct an extensive voire dire on thc subject, refused to give a requested jury instruction on the credibility of jail house informants; Attorney Sprecher raised and preserved the issue for post trial proceedings. The Connecticut Supreme Court found the refusal to be error, and held that whenever jail house informant testimony is given, regardless of whether the informant has received an express promise of a benefit, the Court should give a special credibility instruction to the jury. This precedent setting holding is now contained in the Connecticut Criminal Jury Instructions Section 2.S.3. Appellate Court Attorney Sprecher, engaged solely as Appellate Counsel, appealed the accused's conviction of three (3) counts of Risk of Injury To A Minor. The Defendant, a 66 year old male was sentenced to 6 years on each of the risk of injury charges with each count to be served consecutively. The Appellate Count reversed the convictions, based upon insufficiency of the evidence. The State sought, and the Supreme Court granted certification. During the appeal the State attempted to argue that evidence in the record, which the prosecution in the trial court did not claim in argument as pan of its theory of guilt, is properly cognizable by an Appellate Court when evaluating the sufficiency of the evidence. The Supreme Court affirmed the Appellate Court and established as precedent that, in order for an Appeals Court to sustain a conviction when evaluating the sufficiency of the evidence, it must be shown that the evidence was not merely before the finder of fact due to an incidental reference, but rather as part of a coherent theory of guilt that, upon (review of) the principal stages of trial, can be characterized as having been presented in a focused or otherwise recognizable sense.

Some Illustrative Results in Civil/Criminal Cases

  •  

  • Not Guilty Jury Verdicts in double homicide capital felony (death penalty) prosecution

  • Not Guilty Jury Verdicts on charges of intentional murder

  • Not Guilty Jury Verdict on charge of 1st degree robbery with firearm

  • Not Guilty Jury Verdicts in rape/sexual assault prosecutions

  • Not Guilty Jury Verdicts in risk of injury to minor prosecutions

  • Not Guilty Jury Verdicts in cruelly to persons prosecution

  • Dismissal of Intentional murder charge (finding of no probable cause) after evidentiary hearing.

  • Not Guilty Verdicts by reason of mental disease or defect in Count trials charging kidnaping, unlawful restraint, and attempted sexual assault.

  • Dismissal after State rested in prosecution of multiple Weslyan University students on criminal charges stemming from picketing national defense plant that produced delayed action artillery shells.

  • Obtained, in contested proceedings, the unconditional release of an Acquittee (not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect) who was the youngest person ever committd to the Whiting Forensic Division and to thc jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board; this Acquittee was only the second person in the first (13) year history of the Board to obtain a full unconditional release.

  • Filed John Doe lawsuit for the Estate of the deceased victim in the notorious Show alter hit and run case in New London, Connecticut. The suit was a factor in obtaining a grand jury investigation and identifying thc pcrson responsible for the fatal accident. This incident was publicized in an appearance on the Today Show in New York City; an article in People Magazine; and a request to participate in a segment of 60 minutes.

  • Dismissal of criminal prosecution for alleged violation of zoning and in land-wetland water course regulations, followed by civil suit tiled on behalf of Defendant for malicious prosecution and vexatious litigation against Town and the two Commissions; settled during Jury Selection with payment of monetary damages by town.

  • Suppression, following evidentiary hearing, of largest single amount of marijuana known to be seized in Middlesex County.

  • Represented Priest accused of embezzling significant sum of money from the Church; during lengthy, highly publicized State Police investigation, the defense discredited witnesses and disproved allegations, resulting in no arrest/prosecution, and Priest's complete exoneration.

  • Certification granted by Connecticut Supreme Court on issue whether Workers' Compensation Statute excluding benefits for scar  resulting from spinal surgery violated the Equal Protection Clause of Fourteenth Amendment to the United States  Constitution and Article First, Section 20 of thc Connecticut Constitution.

  • Action on behalf of student suffering serious eye injury while at school; after Supreme Court order to reconsider, thc Appellate Court of Appeals ruled that the Plaintiff had pled the case within the " identifiable person imminent harm" exception to the rule of governmental immunity that barred recovery of damages in lawsuits for school based injuries; case subsequently settled for high five figure sum.

  • Products liability action against nationally known manufacturer of an adjustable basketball system, in which a child suffered a fractured jaw when he was entangled in the net while "dunking" the lowered basket; the case settled in a federal court pre-trial for the highest sum paid for an entanglemcnt injury by the manufacturer up to that date.

  • Represented Defendant in suit on a promissory note and raised "usury" as a special defense; the verdict, in Defendant's favor, precluded Plaintiff from collecting either interest or principal on the note.

Atty. Averum J. Sprecher

Litigation Percentage

Education