Sabato (“Sam”) Fiano represents individuals, closely-held businesses and large corporations in a wide variety of complex commercial and civil litigation matters. In particular, Attorney Fiano has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving business and corporate disputes, contract issues, shareholder and partnership disputes, business break-ups and dissolutions, business valuations, fraud and embezzlement claims, corporate usurpation claims, lost profit claims, lawsuits seeking to pierce the corporate veil or establish successor liability, employment issues including non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, lender liability, foreclosure defense, construction litigation, probate litigation, professional malpractice claims, insurance coverage issues, zoning disputes, residential and commercial landlord-tenant disputes, real estate litigation including boundary and easement disputes and adverse possession cases, and disputes arising out of the buying and selling of properties and businesses.
Attorney Fiano is an accomplished trial lawyer who has extensive experience in successfully trying both straight-forward and complex, high-value cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants before the Connecticut and New York State, Federal and Bankruptcy Courts. Additionally, he has successfully argued appeals before the Connecticut and New York Appellate Courts. Attorney Fiano is a staunch believer in utilizing special procedures such as applications for prejudgment remedy, applications for temporary injunction, motions for disclosure of assets and petitions for bill of discovery in order to place his clients in the best position to assert their legal rights. He is both creative and aggressive in his post-judgment collection work, so that his clients derive some meaningful recovery from the judgments that he is successful in obtaining for them. However, Attorney Fiano only recommends and pursues aggressive litigation when it is necessary to protect the ultimate best interests of his client, or is strategically advisable to push a lingering dispute to a favorable and expedited resolution. He is careful and instinctive in negotiating and structuring the settlement of his cases to avoid commencing or further pursuing litigation.
Attorney Fiano is a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. The Fellows is a collection of the State’s most outstanding lawyers, judges and teachers who devote their time and talent to sponsoring programs that address matters concerning the legal profession, the administration of justice, and the rule of law in society.
Attorney Fiano spent his first decade practicing law at the Southport-based firm of Kleban & Samor, PC and managed his own law practice prior to joining Zeldes, Needle & Cooper. Outside of the office and the courtroom, he coaches the middle school mock trial team of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School. The proud son of Italian immigrants, Attorney Fiano is fluent in Italian. He is a lifetime resident of Fairfield County, where he attended and played football at Fairfield Prep high school. He is an avid sports fan, and, in particular, a rabid, unapologetic fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
Fairfield University (1994)
University of Connecticut School of Law (1997)
US District Court, District of Connecticut (1998)
New York (2001)
Second Circuit Federal Court of Appeals
United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Connecticut
United States Federal District Court, Southern District of New York
United States Federal District Court, Eastern District of New York
Greater Bridgeport Bar Association
Connecticut Bar Association
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
Attorney Fiano Successful In Obtaining $540,000 Judgment At Trial
Attorney Fiano Successful In Proving Oral Contract At Trial
Attorney Fiano Successful At Trial Defending Claims of Illegal “Balance Billing”
Attorney Fiano Successful At Trial In Proving Fraud, Recovering Punitive Damages