RisCassi & Davis Partner David Cooney Named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers

Dave Cooney a 2017 Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the YearAttorney David Cooney, Partner at the Hartford law firm of RisCassi & Davis, has just been named the Best Lawyers’ 2017 Hartford Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”

His selection means that an attorney from RisCassi & Davis has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in six of the last eight years (Bill Davis, Jim Bartolini, Kathy Calibey, Michael Jainchill, Andy Groher, and Dave Cooney). Additionally, nine of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of personal injury litigation.

How does Best Lawyers choose the top attorneys in a region?

“Inclusion  is based entirely on peer-review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. Our belief has always been that the quality of a peer-review survey is directly related to the quality of its voting pool.

“Lawyer of the Year” recognitions are awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific Practice Area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.”

David Cooney is a 1975 honors graduate of Rutgers College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended the University of Connecticut School of Law receiving his J.D. in May, 1978. In 1998, David obtained an M.A. degree from Wesleyan University, where he studied history, politics and literature. He joined RisCassi & Davis in June, 1985.

Since 1994, David has been certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He was also selected as an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocacy.

Since 1994, David has been certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He was selected as a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation in 2006 and is a member of the Roscoe Pound Foundation. He is also a member of the State of Connecticut’s Judicial Civil Commission, a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation and a member of the Center for Children’s Advocacy.

David Cooney is Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year 2017

RisCassi & Davis Adds Three New Attorneys

RisCassi & Davis is pleased to announce it has recently added three new attorneys to its team of personal injury lawyers: Sean Stokes, Elisabeth Swanson and Brendan Faulkner.

New personal injury attorney - Sean Stokes.Attorney Sean Stokes: Sean Stokes started his career at RisCassi & Davis as a law clerk in 2013. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Colorado State University in 2010 and his Juris Doctor from Western New England University School of Law in 2015, where he received multiple CALI Excellence for the Future ® awards, including top-of-the-class honors in Products Liability, Securities Litigation, and Consumer Protection. Sean is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers’ Association and the Connecticut Bar Association. Read more


New personal injury attorney - Elisabeth SwansonAttorney Elisabeth Swanson
: Elisabeth Swanson has been practicing in the area of personal injury law since her admission to the Connecticut Bar in 2013.  She recently joined RisCassi & Davis as an Associate, having formerly served the firm as a law clerk. Her late father, Everett “Skip” Madin, Jr., also worked as an attorney at RisCassi & Davis for many years before leaving to serve the state of Connecticut as a Superior Court Judge. Attorney Swanson attended the University of Connecticut where she achieved numerous academic awards, including induction into the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies; and in 2007, she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English. She graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with honors in 2013. During law school, Attorney Swanson achieved multiple awards for academic excellence, including the CALI Awards for Excellence® in Criminal Law and Business Organizations. Attorney Swanson was also a published member of the Connecticut Law Review and served as Notes and Comments Editor. Read more

New personal injury attorney - Brendan FaulknerAttorney Brendan Faulkner: Brendan Faulkner was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1998 and has been practicing exclusively in the area of personal injury law since 2006. He recently joined RisCassi & Davis as an experienced trial lawyer, having formerly served the firm as a law clerk during his time in law school. Attorney Faulkner’s articles on various aspects of the civil justice system are frequently published in the Connecticut Law Tribune. He graduated from Hobart College before attending the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a former law clerk to the Honorable Thomas P. Smith, a now-retired federal magistrate judge in Hartford, and his early career included representing various parties in the construction and insurance industries in personal injury and coverage matters as well. Read more


For more than 60 years, the personal injury attorneys at RisCassi & Davis have been committed to helping victims of accidents and medical malpractice. With the addition of Sean, Elisabeth and Brendan – that commitment grows ever stronger.



Does the Success of Your Favorite NFL Team Effect Your Driving?

The popularity of football in America is undeniable. In fact, watching games on Sunday is a time honored tradition.

With Super Bowl weekend upon us, we thought it would be worth asking a bit of an odd question – do you think game outcomes have an impact on the number of car accidents on a given Sunday?

What do you think?

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Did A Defect in Your Car Cause an Auto Accident?

auto_accidentsIf you live in the U.S., there’s a good chance you’re driving a car with a defect that could cause a  car accident or cause injuries in the event of an accident… and it’s a car that would have been recalled and fixed if you lived outside the U.S.

The New York Times just released findings of an investigation showing that car companies – in dozens of instances – skirted recalls here but not in foreign countries for identical safety problems.


Good question…

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Choose a Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer

nbta_logoIn the field of law – lawyers admitted to their state bar associations are permitted to accept cases in any area of the law – regardless of whether they are well qualified.

Years ago, the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) was formed in the belief that consumers and the legal profession would benefit from establishing objective standards by which to measure legal experience and expertise… and the National Board of Trial Advocacy certification process was created. (In medicine, most hospitals do not let physicians practice without proof of board certification.  Why?  Because board certification provides an objective measure of experience and expertise.)

Currently, seven of the personal injury lawyers at RisCassi & Davis are Board Certified – among the highest percentage of any law firm in the region.

And what did our attorneys do to become Board Certified?

Each had to undergo a very rigorous review of their credentials, including full documentation of

their experience, all judicial and peer references, and an exam.  They also had to report any and all disciplinary matters brought before any official body, whether public or private, for scrutiny by the NBLSC Standards Committee.

All are not created equal.  It’s very important not to settle for just any personal injury law firm.  Make sure the majority of the lawyers in the law firm you choose are Board Certified.  It matters.

RisCassi & Davis and Coach Calhoun Fight Cancer Together!!


What started out as an intense tropical storm on June 8th, turned into an absolutely beautiful day for the 7th annual Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Walk and Ride.  The event was created by Coach Calhoun in 2007 to raise dollars for the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center.  All of us at RisCassi & Davis proudly support the event as major donors, participants and volunteers and have since its inception. 

In fact, since the event began, over $1.4 million has been raised.  Those dollars have made it possible for the UConn Cancer Center to recruit over 800 patients to clinical trials while supporting pilot research projects studying colon cancer, immunologic responses to proteins, and tumor sequencing.   Additionally, the funds raised have made it possible for disadvantaged woman from across the state  to receive life-saving breast cancer screenings.

We are very proud to be able to support all of Coach Calhoun’s charitable efforts that, in addition to this event, include his efforts to fight heart disease and feed the hungry among us.

Protect Yourself From An Accident On Connecticut Roads This Summer

As spring and summer return to Connecticut, we all feel the need to beProtect yourself from an accident on Connecticut's roads this summeroutside enjoying the change of seasons.  With gas prices being what they are, we all have additional incentives to walk, run or ride our bikes to our next destination.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign recently released a list of the most dangerous roads for these activities in Connecticut.  Two roads on which to use extreme care are the Boston Post Road (Rt. 1) and Route 5.  These highways have seen the greatest number of pedestrian/car accidents in the entire State.

On a county by county basis – Hartford County and New Haven County lead the state in these types of accidents.

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Will Red Light Cameras Prevent Car Accidents in Connecticut?

The Connecticut State Legislature is currently considering legislation toWill red light cameras prevent car accidents in Connecticut? allow cities and towns to install what are called Red Light Cameras.  These devices record the behavior of drivers at traffic lights allowing for automated fining of drivers who run red lights.

Drivers ignoring or running red lights are a persistent cause of serious car accidents in Connecticut.

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Choose an Accident Lawyer Recognized by Peers

There are certain questions you should ask when meeting with a personal injury law choose an accident lawyer that has also been chosen by their peersfirm. One question to ask the accident lawyers you meet with is the following:

Have your peers recognized you for your accomplishments?

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