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RisCassi & Davis 131 Oak Street Hartford, CT 06106 Email: Heidi Galan (Attorney Davis' Assistant) (p) 860-522-1196  (f) 860-246-5847 RisCassi & Davis began when Bill Davis joined Leon RisCassi in the practice of law in Hartford in 1955. Throughout his long career, Bill Davis has consistently sought to pass on to younger attorneys not only his courtroom skills, professionalism, and collegiality, but also the importance, responsibility and meaning of being a trial lawyer representing injured victims seeking justice. He has accomplished this through seminars and lectures at professional associations and by generously sharing his wisdom, experience and expertise as a mentor for other lawyers in the firm and throughout the state. From 1970 through 1987. Mr. Davis taught Trial Practice courses at the University of Connecticut School of Law, which now has a trial practice courtroom bearing his name.

➤ Education:

  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Providence College B.A., cum laude

➤ Professional Achievements:

  • Recipient of the Connecticut Bar Association Edward F. Hennessey Professionalism Award, recognizing integrity, character, professionalism and competency in the practice of law
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Connecticut Alumni Association
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Past President, Connecticut Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow of the International Society of Barristers
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement in Litigation Award" from the Connecticut Law Tribune
  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2010 Hartford Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in the field of Personal Injury Litigation in The Best Lawyers in America, every year since 1989
  • Named to Super Lawyers in Connecticut every year since its inception
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers. Admission is limited to experienced, outstanding trial lawyers who are unquestionably and eminently qualified as actively engaged trial lawyers. Only 1% of all trial lawyers in any state or province are offered admission as members to the College
  • 2018 winner of the Connecticut Law Tribune Professional Excellence Distinguished Leader Award

➤ Professional Activities:

  • Member of the Hartford County, Connecticut, and American Bar Associations
  • Held all executive offices in the Hartford County Bar Association, culminating in its Presidency
  • Served as a member of the Board of Governors, Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association since its formation and has held all its offices, culminating in its Presidency
  • Served on the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association screening candidates for appointment as Superior Court Judges, from 1976 to 1982
  • Member, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member of The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), now known as the American Association for Justice (AAJ), since 1955 and was a member of its Board of Governors 1968 to 1971
  • Member of the Statewide Bar Grievance Committee from 1982 through 1985, serving as Chairman in 1985
  • Adjunct faculty member of the University of Connecticut School of Law 1970 - 1987

➤ Personal:

  • A devoted grandparent, Bill has 2 children and 8 grandchildren. An avid runner, Bill has run 19 marathons including Boston, and can still be spotted early most mornings walking reservoir trails.



RisCassi & Davis 131 Oak Street Hartford, CT 06106 Email: Cindy Blackham (Attorney Faulkner's Assistant) (p) 860-522-1196  (f) 860-246-5847 Attorney Brendan Faulkner is an experienced and dedicated trial lawyer.  He has achieved the highest possible "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading peer review rating organization, and has been selected as a Super Lawyer, also by vote of his peers.  Attorney Faulkner’s articles concerning the civil justice system are frequently published in the Connecticut Law Tribune, and he is an active member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.  Attorney Faulkner is committed to providing zealous representation to his clients in their pursuit of justice.  Known for his ability to bring individualized attention to complex medical, engineering, and legal issues, he uses his love of the law and concern for his clients to maximize their recoveries.

➤ Education:

  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Hobart College, B.A.

➤ Professional Achievements:

  • “AV Preeminent” Martindale-Hubbell rating (2011-2018)
  • Designated for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers (2017-2018)
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2011-2013)

➤ Professional Activities:

  • Member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice

➤ Personal:

  • Attorney Faulkner lives in West Hartford with his wife and their three boys.
 

RisCassi & Davis 131 Oak Street Hartford, CT 06106 Email: Kathleen King (Attorney Houlihan's Assistant) (p) 860-522-1196  (f) 860-246-5847 Attorney Christopher Houlihan joined RisCassi & Davis, P.C. as an attorney in 2012. Since then, Attorney Houlihan has proven himself to be a tireless advocate for the rights of people who have been injured through no fault of their own. Chris represents individuals who have been injured by medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, dog attacks, slip and falls, and other complex catastrophic accidents. Additionally, Chris has helped spearhead the firm’s products liability and mass tort practice. Attorney Houlihan has obtained successful outcomes for his clients both inside and outside of the courtroom. He has tried numerous jury cases to verdict and obtained millions of dollars in settlements for his clients throughout southern New England. Chris has represented victims of traumatic brain injuries, severe orthopedic injuries, burns, scarring, and other complex trauma. Before joining RisCassi & Davis, P.C. as a law clerk in 2010, Attorney Houlihan worked at a multinational reinsurance group and interned with the Honorable Christopher F. Droney, who now sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second District. Chris is admitted to practice in the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts as well as the Federal District Courts in each of those states.

➤ Education:

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, magna cum laude
  • Providence College, B.S.

➤ Professional Achievements:

  • Recognized as a Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers Magazine and Connecticut Magazine every year since 2015

➤ Professional Activities:

  • Member of the Hartford County Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, and American Bar Associations
  • Member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee
  • Member of the American Association for Justice
  • Member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Advocates
  • Member of the Rhode Island Association of Justice
  • Barrister, Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court
 

RisCassi & Davis 131 Oak Street Hartford, CT 06106 Email: Debbie Corso (Attorney Kennedy's Assistant) (p) 860-522-1196  (f) 860-246-5847 Patrick Kennedy, a firm partner, is a lifelong resident of Connecticut. His practice is devoted to handling cases for injured people, including medical malpractice, automobile negligence, product liability, and premises liability claims. Since joining RisCassi & Davis, Patrick has tried numerous cases and won a number of large verdicts for his clients including several that have been reported by the Connecticut Law Tribune and the Hartford Courant. One such verdict involved a painting contractor who was injured in a construction site accident. In that case, a New London jury returned a verdict of $3 million after the insurance company offered only $150,000. In another case, a Hartford jury reached a verdict of $3.4 million for a motorcyclist struck by a UPS truck. Before trial UPS did not make any offer to settle the case and threatened to pursue his client personally for all of the costs associated with the litigation. Patrick has also negotiated settlements for his clients. He recently secured settlements of $1.18 million for a New Haven area man who was struck by a falling pallet at a big box store and $1.75 million for a motorcyclist who developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome following a crash in New Britain. In addition to settling many of the more common varieties of personal injury cases, Patrick has reached settlements in medical malpractice, wrongful death, products liability and complex personal injury cases. The details of many of these cases are confidential.

➤ Education: 

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, cum laude
  • Connecticut College

➤ Professional Achievements:

  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Selected as a "New Leader in the Law" by the Connecticut Law Tribune
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” in Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Hartford
  • Listed in the field of Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation in Best Lawyers in America
  • Recognized by New England Super Lawyers Magazine and Connecticut Magazine every year since 2010

➤ Professional Activities:

  • Member of the Hartford County, Connecticut, and American Bar Associations
  • Member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, serving on the Board of Governors
  • Member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Appointed by Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court to the Legal Specialization Screening Committee

➤ Personal:

  • Patrick currently resides in Cheshire with his wife and three children

RisCassi & Davis 131 Oak Street Hartford, CT 06106 Email: Kim Gilleran (Attorney Iannaccone’s Assistant) (p) 860-522-1196  (f) 860-246-5847 Born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut, Paul was a full-time Adult Probation Officer with the State of Connecticut before attending law school and graduating with honors. His blue-collar upbringing instilled a sense of fairness and hard work that he uses to the great benefit of his clients. He was also a longtime member of the Waterbury Boys' Club and has been a strong supporter of youth athletics in Waterbury, Southington and Wolcott ever since. He is devoted to his alma mater, Sacred Heart High School, where in 2005 he was honored with the school's Distinguished Alumni Award. He now serves on the school's Advancement Committee. Paul is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of Connecticut and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

A Few of His Achievements:

Paul's most rewarding cases have involved his representation of working families in claims against powerful Connecticut corporations and insurance companies, such as his claim for dairy farmers whose cattle were harmed by stray voltage from Northeast Utility power lines, and his battles for a Waterbury infant injured at birth, and a New Haven nursing student rendered quadriplegic in a motor vehicle collision.

Education:

  • Western New England School of Law (Honors)
  • University of Connecticut, B.A.

Professional Achievements:

  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
  • Listed in the field of Personal Injury Litigation in The Best Lawyers in America since 2011.
  • Peer review rating of AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Designated for inclusion as a Connecticut Super Lawyer.
  • Member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.   Admission is limited to experienced, outstanding trial lawyers who are unquestionably and eminently qualified as actively engaged trial lawyers. Only 1% of all trial lawyers in any state or province are offered admission as members to the College.
  • 2018 winner of the Connecticut Law Tribune Professional Excellence Best Mentor Award.

Professional Activities:

  • Member of the Waterbury and Connecticut Bar Associations.
  • Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lectured and Contributed to the Institute for Paralegal Education, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the National Business Institute, as well as the Hartford County Bar Association on various litigation-related topics.
  • Member, Board of Trustees of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT
 

RisCassi & Davis 131 Oak Street Hartford, CT 06106 Email: Attorney Stokes & Erica Buehler (Attorney Stokes' Assistant) (p) 860-522-1196  (f) 860-246-5847 Attorney Sean Stokes joined RisCassi & Davis, P.C. as a Law Clerk in 2013 and was later hired as an Attorney upon his admission to the Connecticut Bar in 2015. Since joining RisCassi & Davis, P.C., Attorney Stokes has devoted his legal career to protecting the rights of the injured. Sean has tried numerous cases to verdict in Connecticut and is experienced in handling complex matters in all aspects of personal injury litigation. Attorney Stokes is committed to the principle that all should have access to justice. He supports this ideal by setting aside time to perform pro bono work to patient advocacy groups and private citizens alike. Sean is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Sean is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

➤ Education:

  • Western New England University School of Law
  • Colorado State University, B.A.

➤ Professional Achievements:

  • 2018 winner of the Connecticut Law Tribune Professional Excellence New Leaders in the Law Award.
  • Named a 2018 Connecticut Rising Star by Super Lawyers and Connecticut Magazine

➤ Professional Activities:

  • Member of  the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the American Association for Justice
  • Member of the Oliver Ellsworth American Inns of Court
  • Member of the Connecticut Bar Association
 

RisCassi & Davis 131 Oak Street Hartford, CT 06106 Email: Cindy Blackham (Attorney Calibey's Assistant) (p) 860-522-1196  (f) 860-246-5847 Since 1982, Kathryn Calibey has developed a focus in appellate advocacy. She has been involved in many cases before the state Appellate and Supreme Courts. Her strong analytical and writing skills have contributed to her numerous appellate successes since her precedent-setting first case before the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1986, O’Connor v. O’Connor. Her legal scholarship has been influential in a wide range of appellate issues ranging from interpretation of contracts and statutes to evidentiary issues involving standards of proof applied to a variety of personal injury situations. Kathy is also involved with many of the firm’s complex cases where she participates not only in addressing intricate legal motions and issues but in trial preparation. She is admitted to practice before the Connecticut Bar, the Federal District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

➤ Education:

  • Western New England University School of Law, cum laude
  • University of Connecticut B.A.

➤ Professional Achievements:

  • AV Preeminent, Peer/Judicial Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer-Appellate Award, 2015
  • Listed, Women Leadings in the Law, ALM/Martindale-Hubbell, Fortune Magazine, 2014
  • Named by Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2019 for listing in the fields of Appellate Law and Personal Injury Litigation
  • Best Lawyers 2012 “Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Litigation-Hartford”
  • Selected for inclusion in New England Super Lawyer 2011-2018 Listings and Connecticut Super Lawyer 2008-2009, 2011-2018 Listings
  • Named a Top 25 2013 Connecticut Women Super Lawyer
  • Recipient, Hartford County Bar Association’s 2010 President’s Award for Excellence
  • 2010 Connecticut Law Tribune Recognition, Women in the Law- High Achiever

➤ Professional Activities:

  • Member of the Hartford County, Connecticut and American Bar Associations
  • Member, American Bar Association’s Judicial Division’s Conference of Appellate Lawyers
  • Board Member and Program Co-Chair of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Member, Connecticut Bar Association’s Civic Education Task Force
  • Member, Connecticut Bar Foundation’s Oral History of Women in Attorneys in Connecticut Committee
  • Appointed by Chief Justice of Connecticut Supreme Court to the Judicial Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules, 2013- present
  • Past co-chair and current Executive Committee member of the Connecticut Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Section
  • Life sustaining fellow of Connecticut Bar Foundation’s James W. Cooper Fellows
  • Past co-chair the Connecticut Trial Lawyers’ Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Former adjunct faculty member of the University of Connecticut School of Law.
  • Faculty member of the Connecticut Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Institute
  • Past-President of the Hartford County Bar Association
  • Co-Founding Past-President of the Hartford County Bar Foundation
  • Served on Standing Committee on Recommendations for Admission to the Bar, 2003-2006
  • Served as a Special Master for Connecticut Superior Court, Hartford JD, 1992-2003
  • Appointed to Judicial Civil Jury Instruction Committee, 1993-2002
  • Board of Editors for the Connecticut Bar Journal and Senior Editor for Civil Litigation from 1997-2010

RisCassi & Davis 131 Oak Street Hartford, CT 06106 (p) 860-522-1196  (f) 860-246-5847 In July of 1973, while serving as an enlisted man and Russian linguist for the U.S. Army in Berlin, Germany, Eugene Swain was offered and accepted a clerk's position at the Post Legal Office. The position was Gene's first contact with lawyers and the law and the catalyst for his legal education and career. Gene's passion in the law has always been to help people injured by others. He began practicing in a small law practice in Columbus, Georgia, and then moved to Atlanta. Born and raised in Connecticut, Gene returned to his home state in 1982. For 12 years he represented injured parties while practicing in New London. He joined RisCassi & Davis in 1994. Gene's trial skills, understanding of his client's needs and his ability to grasp the "big picture" have underscored his legal career. His genuine "southern" charm has endeared him to his clients. Gene has successfully prosecuted and resolved numerous negligence cases ranging from motor vehicle collisions to complex product liability and medical malpractice cases. Among Gene's trial accomplishments was a $10 million medical malpractice verdict rendered in 1991 in New London. At the time, this was the largest medical malpractice verdict in the state. Gene is admitted to both the Connecticut and Rhode Island State and Federal District Court Bars.

➤ Education:

  • University of Georgia School of Law

➤ Professional Activities:

  • Former President, New London County Bar Association
  • Former President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Oliver Ellsworth American Inns of Court
 

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