RisCassi & Davis 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 expertise as a mentor for other lawyers in the firm and throughout the state. From 1970 through 1987 he taught Trial Practice courses at the University of Connecticut School of Law, which now has a trial practice courtroom bearing his name. In 2005, Bill Davis was honored by the state bar association with the Edward F. Hennessey Professionalism Award, which recognizes integrity, character, professionalism and competency in the practice of law.
Bill Davis is listed in the field of Personal Injury Litigation in The Best Lawyers in America, 2012, © Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, S.C., 2006, and has been designated for inclusion in the publication New England Super Lawyers 2005-2012 Magazine®.
Bill Davis received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and was honored to serve on its Board of Trustees. He then attended law school at the University of Connecticut School of Law, graduating in 1955. In 1984, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Connecticut Alumni Association.
Devoted parents and grandparents, Bill and Doris Davis have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. An avid runner, Bill has run the Boston Marathon 19 times, and can still be spotted early most mornings walking reservoir trails.
Bill has been a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association since its formation and has held all its offices, culminating in its Presidency. He was selected as a Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 1983, and has held all offices of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, serving as President in 1993-1994. He has held all executive offices in the Hartford County Bar Association, culminating in its Presidency during 1973-1974. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and served as a member of the Board of Governors from 1974 to 1977. Mr. Davis is a member of the American Bar Association and its Litigation Section. He served on the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association screening candidates for appointment to as Superior Court Judges, from 1976 to 1982. He was a member of the Statewide Bar Grievance Committee from 1982 through 1985, serving as Chairman in 1985. He has been a 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. He was nominated as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. Bill is also a member of the Roscoe Pound Foundation, and served as Secretary in 1982.
Bill has also been 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.
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