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Honors & Certifications

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:

  • Top Listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Law Firms.”
  • Lawyer of the Year honors  from “Best Lawyers in America” for at least one attorney in 10 of the last 12 years.
  • Listing in New England Super Lawyers published by Connecticut Magazine. Less than 5% of attorneys in the New England states receive this honor.
  • AV Preeminent Peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Lifetime Achievement awards from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Board Certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
  • Admission of five of our personal injury lawyers as members in the very prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. Only 1% of all trial lawyers in any state are offered admission as members to the College.
  • Named 2015 Elite Top 50 Trial Law Firm by National Law Journal.

Best Lawyers® Lawyers of the Year 2021

For 2021, Best Lawyers ® has named two RisCassi & Davis attorneys as Lawyers of the Year.

Andrew Groher – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Brendan Faulkner – Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

Best Lawyers® Lawyers of the Year 2020

For 2020, Best Lawyers ® has named two RisCassi & Davis attorneys as Lawyers of the Year.

Kathryn A. Calibey – Appellate Practice

David W. Cooney – Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs and Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Best Lawyers® Lawyers of the Year 2019

For 2019, Best Lawyers ® has named Andrew S. Groher Lawyer of the Year – Hartford Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

2018 Connecticut Law Tribune Professional Excellence Award

William R. Davis: Winner of the Connecticut Law Tribune Professional Excellence Distinguished Leader Award.
John J. Houlihan: 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.

Best Lawyers® Lawyers of the Year 2018

In 2018, Best Lawyers ® has named three RisCassi & Davis attorneys as Lawyers of the Year.

Andrew S. Groher – Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
John J. Houlihan, Jr. – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Patrick J. Kennedy – Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2017

David W. Cooney has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2017 Hartford Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2016

Andrew S. Groher has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2016 Hartford Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2014

Michael C. Jainchill has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Hartford Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2013

James D. Bartolini has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Hartford Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2012

Kathryn A. Calibey has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Hartford Personal Injury Litigator of the Year.

Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2010

William R. Davis was named the Best Lawyers’ 2010 Hartford Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”

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.

American College of Trial Lawyers

William 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.

New England Top Rated AV Preeminent® Law Firm

James 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-Hubbel 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.

Lifetime Achievement in Litigation Award

Bill 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.

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®.

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

Distinguished Alumni Award

William Davis
Distinguished Graduate Award 1984
Medal of Excellence 1975

James Bartolini
Distinguished Service Award 2004

American Association for Justice

Board of Governors
David W. Cooney– 2014 to present

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.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill Davis was honored with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association in 1995.

Hartford County Bar Association

Hartford County Bar Association President’s Award For Excellence
William R. Davis – 2001
Kathryn A. Calibey – 2010

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, Patrick J. Kennedy 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.

American Association for Justice

All of our attorneys at RisCassi & Davis are members of the American Association for Justice.  The Mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system — and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.

New England and Connecticut Super Lawyers

We are pleased to announce that eleven (11) of our attorneys at RisCassi & Davis have been named as Connecticut Super Lawyers or Connecticut Rising Stars for 2020.  Those named include James Bartolini, Kathryn Calibey, David Cooney, William Davis, Brendan Faulkner, Andrew Groher, John Houlihan, Michael Jainchill, Paul Iannaccone, Patrick Kennedy, and Christopher Houlihan.

We are also pleased to announce that attorneys Michael C. Jainchill and John J. Houlihan have been named by Super Lawyers as a Top 10 Attorney in Connecticut.

Michael C. Jainchill and John J. Houlihan 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.

 

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.

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