History and Experience
RisCassi & Davis, P.C. – Fighting For The Rights Of The Seriously Injured
Experience and Dedication to Excellence Has Led to Selection for Many High-Profile Cases
Through more than 60 years of representing the injured, the attorneys at RisCassi & Davis, P.C., have fought for justice in Connecticut courts. Founding partners, Leon RisCassi and William Davis, began the firm in 1955, an era when plaintiffs’ rights – or the rights of the injured – were severely limited. Since that time, the firm has been a consistent leader in bringing about changes in the law – including laws to protect consumers, such as the Connecticut Product Liability Act – and winning cases on behalf of our clients.
Attorneys James Bartolini, Andrew Groher and Michael Jainchill all joined the law practice in the late 1970s, followed shortly thereafter by John Houlihan, Jr., Kathryn Calibey, David Cooney, Eugene Swain and Paul Iannaccone. Patrick Kennedy joined the practice in 2006, Christopher Houlihan in 2012, and Sean Stokes in 2015. Our newest attorneys, Elisabeth Swanson and Brendan Faulkner, joined the firm this year.
Today, we have 14 attorneys and an extensive support staff, filling our downtown Hartford office.
The firm has a tradition of excellence and recognition for preeminence in protecting the rights of the seriously injured. The insurance industry, defense counsel and judges know them for their legal skills and their extensive and thorough preparation. “The collective experience of our attorneys is what makes us unique,” notes founding partner, William Davis. “We have 14 lawyers who all concentrate their practice on the representation of the injured and most of us have been doing so for over 30 years. We feel we have a winning combination of experience, results and integrity. These characteristics and our preparation ends up making a difference in the cases and ultimately in our clients’ lives.”
The attorneys at RisCassi & Davis, are aggressive, effective advocates trained and prepared to handle a multitude of complex personal injury cases. And the firm has enjoyed great success across a wide range of cases from medical negligence, to drug product liability, police chases, fatal motor vehicle collisions and much more. “We have handled so many different cases over the years that no set of facts is too complex for our team. We have the resources to investigate and pursue any type of case in the field of personal injury law,” says Kathryn Calibey.
The firm has handled high-profile cases for decades, going back to its involvement in the litigation surrounding the collapse of the roof of the Hartford Civic Center more than 30 years ago. From that time forward, the firm has represented victims of the Connecticut Lottery shootings, Mott Metallurgical mercury poisoning, a fatal tour-bus accident in England, the Life Star helicopter crash, an electrocution after Hurricane Gloria, and a drowning in Elizabeth Park.
The firm represented the family of a young girl fatally stabbed in Middletown; a former NBA basketball player, Manute Bol, who was almost killed while a passenger in a taxi cab operated by an intoxicated driver; and the Estate of the University of Connecticut co-ed, Carlee Wines, who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on the UConn campus.
In the recent past, the firm has represented the families of deceased victims of the Kleen Energy power plant explosion in Middletown, children who were sexually abused by Dr. George Reardon at St. Francis Hospital, and the family of the student from Rocky Hill who died in a school bus accident on Interstate 84 while on his way to a robotics competition. The firm is presently representing more than 40 victims of defective metal-on-metal hip implants in litigation in Texas and Ohio.
“At RisCassi & Davis we have had an enduring commitment to sharing our success with those most in need,” says Michael Jainchill. “Our co-founder, Bill Davis, has supported numerous charitable organizations for 50 years. We, as a firm and as individuals, have followed that lead.”
The firm was instrumental in the creation of the Mark Tsvok Rehabilitation Care Center at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, as a tribute to an exceptional young man who died tragically after injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in 2004, and also in maintaining a speakers’ program at Mark Tsvok’s high school in West Hartford. One member of the firm was a co-founder of the Hartford County Bar Foundation, which provides basic support to Hartford’s homeless and needy.
The firm has always sought justice by fighting for the rights of injured victims. With 14 attorneys, there is a camaraderie and a common goal – to achieve the very best results for our clients.