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Partner - William J. Ronalter

William J. Ronalter

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Bill Ronalter’s practice is devoted to representing individuals who have sustained substantial personal injuries and wrongful death cases. He has over 25 years of experience handling personal injury cases in various roles, including plaintiff’s attorney, defense attorney, and as a consultant for an insurance company. Bill managed cases throughout the country involving catastrophic injuries including death, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and burns. Bill has experience in the following types of cases: accidents involving motor vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians (including DUI cases), uninsured and underinsured motorist claims, products liability (including defective lithium ion batteries), premises liability, construction accidents, drowning, dental and medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, sexual abuse, and wrongful imprisonment cases. He was involved in cases arising out of the 9/11 attacks and the Rhode Island Nightclub fire. He has experience with insurance coverage analysis having been trained by a national insurance carrier. This training and experience assists him in triggering additional insurance coverage for his clients. He has served as an expert witness and testified regarding proper claim handling practices. Bill has also served as a guest lecturer (2009-2012) and an adjunct professor (2013-present) at the University of Connecticut School of Law, Trial Practice Class.

Distinctions

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate (2016-present)
  • #2 verdict in State of Connecticut in 2015, as listed in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Top Verdicts & Settlements Supplement
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Personal Injury General: Plaintiff (2011-2016)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star: Personal Injury and Product Liability (Plaintiff) (2012-2015) 
  • Chosen as a member of The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a voluntary membership organization that admits only attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements, and of which fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members
  • Chosen as a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a voluntary membership organization that admits only attorneys who have won million dollar verdicts or settlements, and of which fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members
  • Member, American Trial Lawyers Association, an invitation-only membership organization of civil plaintiff and criminal defense attorneys, limited to no more than 100 lawyers in each state

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Trial Practice Class: Guest Lecturer (2009-2012); Adjunct Professor (2013-present)
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law: Guest Lecturer (January 2016 & January 2017)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association: Board of Governors

Community Involvement

  • Former volunteer licensed EMT for the Town of Burlington
  • Town of Farmington - Youth Football Coach
  • Former semi-professional adventure racer (biking, running and paddling) sponsored by Timex

$4,875,000 SETTLEMENT -- Motor Vehicle Crash - Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Our client was a married, 46 year-old mother of three, and an award-winning emergency room nurse stopped for traffic on I-84.  She was struck from behind by defendant traveling 45 mph in a company SUV and had a mild concussion, but it never resolved.   Permanent post-concussive symptoms included headaches, depression, and visual deficits with sensitivity to light.  She lost both of her ER nursing jobs at local Connecticut hospitals and cannot work in any capacity.   Defendants admitted causing the crash but argued: (1) x-rays and 4 MRIs failed to show any objective evidence of a brain injury; (2) some symptoms pre-existed the crash; and (3) she might recover later.  Our expert was Erin Bigler, PhD, a top international researcher in traumatic brain injuries from Brigham Young University in Utah.   His testimony explained how this mild traumatic brain injury with “no objective findings” on radiological tests caused our client’s permanent significant problems: she sustained traumatic axonal injuries (microscopic stretching injuries at the cellular level, too small to be revealed by available imaging).   An economist quantified the economic loss of her two jobs and benefits.  A professional video company worked with us to create a video of our trial witnesses describing dramatic changes they observed of our client before and after the crash.  The defendants’ insurance company and the experts saw the anticipated powerful trial testimony.  After presenting at a mediation an hour-long PowerPoint bill-boarding much higher damage potential at trial, the case settled two weeks before trial for $4,875,000, with $4,500,00 for our brain-injured client and $375,000 for her husband’s loss of consortium claim.  A portion of the money was placed in a structure and in trust to ensure our client’s well-being for her entire life.  This settlement is Connecticut’s largest known settlement reported for a mild traumatic brain injury.

$4,500,000 VERDICT - Dental Malpractice - Overfill of Sealer During Root Canal

Through a referral from an in-house attorney from one of our corporate clients, we represented an executive in a dental malpractice case.  Our client was injured during a root canal where the dentist over instrumented leading to a large over fill of sealer some of which went into our client’s mandibular canal.  The defendants disputed liability, causation, and damages.  The defendants’ insurance company offered only $200,000 two weeks before trial.  After three weeks of evidence, including the use of technology at trial, Robert Simpson and Bill Ronalter obtained a verdict of $4,500,000, which consisted of $165,000 for past and future medical bills and $4,335,000 for additional harms, including constant pain, fatigue from prescription medications, and the reduction of enjoyment in many aspects of her life.  In addition, we filed an Offer of Compromise agreeing to settle for $750,000 the year before the trial.  Since the verdict was in excess of $750,000, interest runs from when the litigation started in February 2013 bringing the total amount to up over $5,300,000.  This verdict is the largest dental malpractice verdict in Connecticut history and is believed to be the largest dental malpractice verdict ever nationally.

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Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1991, cum laude
  • Skidmore College, B.A., 1988,
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Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
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