William Ronalter

Shipman & Goodwin LLP
One Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103
860-251-5126
www.shipmangoodwin.com




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, Legionnaires' disease, 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 in laptops, I-Phones, and E-cigarettes that caused burn injuries), 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 currently represents 8 of the 10 passengers that were killed or injured in the crash of a B-17 airplane at Bradley International Airport in October 2019.  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.  Bill Ronalter and Jim Bergenn often use videos to assist with case resolutions. Click here to learn more.


Distinctions


       
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate, of which less than 4% of attorneys are board certified (2016-present)
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  • #2 verdict in State of Connecticut in 2015, as listed in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Top Verdicts & Settlements Supplement
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  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Personal Injury General: Plaintiff (2011-2019)
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  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs (2018-2020)
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  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star: Personal Injury and Product Liability (Plaintiff) (2012-2015)
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Member, The National Trial Lawyers, 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)
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  • Quinnipiac University School of Law: Guest Lecturer in January term (2016-present)


Professional Affiliations


       
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association: Board of Governors for over a decade
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  • American Bar Association
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  • American Association for Justice


Community Involvement


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