Eugene A. Cooney



  • LJ.D., University of Connecticut
  • LB.A., St. Michael's College

Bar Admission

  • LState of Connecticut
  • LUnited States District Court, Connecticut
  • LUnited States Circuit Court for the Second Circuit


Eugene A. Cooney (“Gene”) joined Cooney, Scully and Dowling in 1977. He practices in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on the defense of medical malpractice cases. He counsels health care providers on a wide range of issues and represents them at trials in the state and federal courts as well as in administrative proceedings before the Connecticut Department of Public Health. He also represents a number of major hospitals in the state of Connecticut in both litigation and non-litigation matters. In addition to being one of the most active trial lawyers in the state of Connecticut, Mr. Cooney also maintains a practice in the area of professional liability insurance law.

Professional Experience

Throughout his legal career, Mr. Cooney has represented numerous Connecticut physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice cases covering virtually every medical specialty. He has tried almost 100 cases to jury verdict. Many of these have been medically complex cases in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology, neurosurgery and other high risk specialties.

Mr. Cooney has appeared before the Connecticut Supreme Court and Connecticut Appellate Court on many occasions. Most recently he prevailed before the Connecticut Supreme Court in what is now one of the leading cases in the country on the limitation of a physician’s duty to third parties. Jarmie v. Troncale, 306 Conn. 578, 50 A.3d 802 (2012). His notable appellate victories also include a leading case limiting the admissibility of unscientific expert testimony in medical malpractice cases. Maher v. Quest Diagnostics, Inc. 269 Conn. 154, 847 A.2d 978 (2004).

Professional and Civic Activities

Mr. Cooney is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association (Past President 1997-98), the Connecticut Medical Defense Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Bar Association and the Hartford County Bar Association. He is an Advocate level member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys and is rated AV Preeminent by the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings system. He is a panel defense counsel for every major medical malpractice insurer in the state of Connecticut and he lectures regularly to health care providers on medical-legal matters.