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William R. Davis (1930-2021)

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William R. Davis (1930-2021) Founding Partner


RisCassi & Davis, P.C. 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 knowledge 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.


  • 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

Related Results

  • $3,000,000 Verdict - Personal Injury - Drowning
  • $980,000 Verdict - Personal Injury - Inappropriate drill during field hockey practice led to an eye injury
  • $714,500 Verdict - Motor Vehicle Accident - Rollover accident

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