James D. Bartolini, Kathryn A. Calibey, David W. Cooney, Andrew S. Groher, Christopher M. Houlihan, John J. Houlihan, Jr., Paul M. Iannaccone, Michael C. Jainchill, and Brendan Faulkner have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the categories of personal injury and/or product liability litigation.
Honors & Certifications
The law firm of RisCassi and Davis is a nationally recognized Connecticut law firm, having received both national and regional recognition for our handling of personal injury cases. In addition to having been involved in and winning some of the largest cases in Connecticut history, our attorneys have received the following honors from our legal colleagues:
2023 Best Law Firm
RisCassi & Davis, P.C. has been named a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Best Law Firm every year since 2010.
Best Lawyers 2023Eight RisCassi & Davis, P.C. attorneys have been named 2023 Best Lawyers® by U.S. News & World Report®.
Best Lawyers In America®
Best Lawyers® Lawyers of the Year 2021
For 2021, Best Lawyers ® has named two RisCassi & Davis Attorneys as Lawyers of the Year.
- Andrew S. Groher – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
- Brendan Faulkner – Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs
U.S. News Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms
RisCassi & Davis, P.C., is ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in Hartford in personal injury litigation, medical malpractice law, and product liability litigation – plaintiffs – by U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms®.
Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year
At least one RisCassi & Davis attorney has been named as Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year every year from 2010 to 2023.
We are pleased to announce that our attorneys at RisCassi & Davis have been named as Connecticut Super Lawyers or Connecticut Rising Stars for 2021.
Those named include James D. Bartolini, Kathryn A. Calibey, David W. Cooney, Brendan Faulkner, Andrew S. Groher, John J. Houlihan, Jr., Michael Jainchill, and Paul Iannaccone.
We are also pleased to announce that attorney John J. Houlihan, Jr. has been named by Super Lawyers as a Top 10 Attorney in Connecticut.
Michael C. Jainchill and John J. Houlihan, Jr. have also been named by Super Lawyers as Top 50 attorneys in Connecticut.
Kathryn A. Calibey was named a Top 25 2013 Connecticut Women Super Lawyer.
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 2022James D. Bartolini, Andrew S. Groher, Michael C. Jainchill, John J. Houlihan, Jr., David W. Cooney, Eugene K. Swain, Kathryn A. Calibey, Paul M.Iannaccone, and Brendan Faulkner are each Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent – Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence. Peer review ratings are generated from evaluations by other members of the bar to determine an attorney’s ethical standards and professional ability. In addition, Kathryn A. Calibey has been named one of the Martindale-Hubbell’s peer-rated 2015 Women Leaders in the Law.
American College of Trial LawyersWilliam R. Davis, James D. Bartolini, Paul M. Iannaccone, Michael C. Jainchill, and John J. Houlihan, Jr., have all been honored by admission into the American College of Trial Lawyers. The American College is a professional society of Fellows who become members only by invitation, with admission 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 are offered admission as members into the College.
National Law Journal Elite 50
The National Law Journal recently named the Hartford personal injury law firm of RisCassi & Davis one of the top 50 trial law firms in the United States… the only law firm in Connecticut to receive that honor.
National Board of Trial Advocacy
RisCassi & Davis, P.C., is proud that seven attorneys in our firm have been certified as Civil Trial Advocates by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. James D. Bartolini, John J. Houlihan, Jr., Eugene K. Swain, David W. Cooney, Michael C. Jainchill, Andrew S. Groher, and Paul M. Iannaccone have all achieved this distinction, awarded after compiling extensive trial experience and passing a written examination. To be eligible even to take the test for this certification, you must first have been lead counsel in at least 15 trials to verdict or judgment and lead counsel in 40 contested matters involving the taking of evidence, among other requirements.
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
James D. Bartolini, David W. Cooney, William R. Davis, Andrew S. Groher, John J. Houlihan, Jr., Michael C. Jainchill, and Eugene K. Swain have all been named Trial Advocates by ABOTA. ABOTA is an organization that requires its members to be responsible for elevating the standards of integrity, honor, ethics, civility, and courtesy in the legal profession.
International Academy of Trial LawyersJohn J. Houlihan Jr. has been inducted into the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Membership is by invitation only, and trial lawyers are invited to become members only after an extremely careful vetting process.
Lifetime Achievement in Litigation Award
William R. Davis was selected as the first recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement in Litigation Award” from the Connecticut Law Tribune. For decades, Bill has been a leader of the Bar, a mentor to countless lawyers, and one of the pre-eminent trial lawyers in the State of Connecticut.
2018 Connecticut Law Tribune Professional Excellence Awards
- William R. Davis: Winner of the Connecticut Law Tribune Professional Excellence Distinguished Leader Award.
- John J. Houlihan Jr.: Winner of the Connecticut Law Tribune Professional Excellence Distinguished Leader Award.
- Paul M. Iannaccone: Winner of the Connecticut Law Tribune Professional Excellence Best Mentor Award.
The Hartford law firm of RisCassi & Davis is pleased to have been voted runner-up in the category of Best Law Firms in Connecticut for multiple years, as published in Hartford Magazine.
University of Connecticut School of Law
Distinguished Alumni Award
- William R. Davis
- Distinguished Graduate Award 1984
- Medal of Excellence 1975
- James D. Bartolini
- Distinguished Service Award 2004
- William R. Davis
James W. Cooper FellowKathryn A. Calibey, David W. Cooney, John J. Houlihan, Jr., Andrew S. Groher, and Michael C. Jainchill have all been selected by the Connecticut Bar Foundation as James W. Cooper Fellows for their superior legal ability and devotion to the community, state, and nation, as well as, the advancement of the legal profession. Andrew S. Groher was recently elevated to a Life Fellow.
Hartford County Bar Association
Hartford County Bar Association President’s Award For Excellence
- William R. Davis – 2001
- Kathryn A. Calibey – 2010
Connecticut Trial LawyersWilliam R. Davis was honored with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association in 1995. Andrew S. Groher went on to receive the same award in 2018.
Best Lawyers in America 2022