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Honors & Certifications

The law firm of RisCassi & Davis, P.C. 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:

  • Best Law Firms - Regional Tier 1
    2024 Best Lawyers® Regional Tier 1 in the field of Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation in Hartford, CT.
  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" 2024
    Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" 2024
    John J. Houlihan, Jr. was selected as 2024 Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year in the field of Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation.
  • Best Lawyers® "Lawyers of the Year"

    Best Lawyers® has named the following RisCassi & Davis attorneys as Lawyers of the Year:

    • John J. Houlihan, Jr.
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs (2024)
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs (2018)
    • Andrew S. Groher
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs (2023)
      • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs (2023)
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs (2021)
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs (2019)
      • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs (2018)
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs (2016)
    • Michael C. Jainchill
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs (2014)
      • Brendan Faulkner
        • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs (2024)
        • Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs (2023)
        • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs (2021)
        • James D. Bartolini
          • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs (2013)
        • Best Lawyers Ones To Watch 2024
          Best Lawyers Ones To Watch 2024
          Ryan K. Sullivan was listed in Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch for 2024.
        • The Best Lawyers in America® 2024
          The Best Lawyers in America® 2024
        • Super Lawyers
          Super Lawyers

          All of our attorneys have been named as Connecticut Super Lawyers® or Connecticut Risings Stars for 2023.

          Additionally, John J. Houlihan, Jr. has been named by Super Lawyers® as a Top 10 Attorney in Connecticut.

        • American College of Trial Lawyers
          American College of Trial Lawyers
          William R. Davis, James D. Bartolini, Paul M. Iannaccone, Michael C. Jainchilland 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
          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
          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)
          American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
        • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
          International Academy of Trial Lawyers
          John 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
          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
          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.
        • Hartford Magazine
          Hartford Magazine

          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
          University of Connecticut School of Law

          Distinguished Alumni Award

        • James W. Cooper Fellow
          James W. Cooper Fellow
          Kathryn 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

          Hartford County Bar Association President’s Award For Excellence

        • Connecticut Trial Lawyers
          Connecticut Trial Lawyers
          William 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.