William J. Sweeney Jr

Admitted to Bar:
1975, Connecticut, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut and U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit;
1983, U.S. Supreme Court.

Fairfield University (B.A., 1969);
Suffolk University (J.D., 1974).

New Britain (President, 1983-1984);
Hartford County, Connecticut (Member, House of Delegates, 1986-1990); and Life Fellow, The Connecticut Bar Foundation;
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1994-1995; Member, Board of Directors Committee, 1988-Present);
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association;
American Association for Justice.

State of Connecticut Attorney Trial Referee and Arbitrator, 1986 to present;
United States District Court, Special Master, 1988 to present;
State of Connecticut, Office of Healthcare Advocate, Advisory Committee, 2000 to present;
Chief Court Administration Civil Committee, 2006.

American Board of Trial Advocates;
Life Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation;
Named a Connecticut Super Lawyer in Personal Injury 2006-2007 by Law & Politics Magazine, Hartford Top lawyers 2011 - 2013 **

Reported Cases:
State v. Canady, 187 Conn. 281 (1982) (Criminal);
City National Bank of Conn. v. Henderson, 1 Conn. App. 96 (1983) (Creditor Rights);
Hasbrouck v. Hasbrouck, 195 Conn. 558 (Domestic);
Fillipetti v. Fillipetti, 2 Conn. App. 456 (Real Estate);
Kingsley v. Sadi International Co., 5 Conn. App. 76 (1985) (Contract);
O'Sullivan v. Bergenty, 214 Conn. 645 (1990) (Real Estate);
Maluszewski v. Allstate, 34 Conn. App. 27 cert. denied 229 Conn. 921, 1994 (Insurance Coverage);
Hirsch v. Harper, 168 B.R. 512 (Bankr.D.Conn., 1994) Power of Trustee in Bankruptcy to act on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation;
Serrano v. Aetna Life & Casualty, Conn., 233 Conn. 437 (1995) (Uninsured Motorist, Remedial Legislation);
Napoletano, et al. v. Cigna Health Care of Connecticut;
Hollis v. Cigna Health Care of Connecticut, consolidated appeals 238 Conn. 216 cert. denied 117 S.Ct. 1106 (1997) (Managed Care, ERISA Preemption);
Stiles v. Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., 44 Conn. App. 1 (1996) cert. denied 240 Conn. 909 (1997) (Personal Injury, Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage);
Marcus v. Gonzalez, 44 Conn. App. 911 cert. denied 240 Conn. 977 (1997) (Scope of Review, Arbitration);
Halloran & Sage v. Parker, 45 Conn., 920 (1997) Amicus for the Connecticut Bar Association (Scope of Review, Arbitration);
Northeast Parking, Inc. d/b/a V.I.P. Valet Airport Parking v. Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Windsor Locks, et al. and Bradley Airport Valet Parking v. Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Windsor Locks, et al, 47 Conn. App. 284 cert. denied 243 Conn. 969 (Zoning);
Emerald Ridge Property Owners Association v. Cheryl Noel Thornton, et al. (Land Use) 54 Conn. App.6 (1999);
Kaila Marshall ppa. Nicole Wilson v. Hartford Hospital (Medical Malpractice) 65 Conn. App.738 (2001);
Robert Cheverie vs. Ashcraft & Gerel (Arbitration) 65 Conn. App. 425 (2001);
Edward Collins, et al. v. Anthem Health Plans, (Class Action Certification) 255 Conn. 12 (2003);
State v. Tomasso, 49 Conn. Sup. 327 (2004);
Edward Collins, et al. v. Anthem Health Plans, (Class Action Certification) 275 Conn. 309 (2005);
Sokaitis vs Bakaysa 105 Conn App 663 cert granted 286 Conn. 913 (2008) (Wagering Contracts);
Halik v. DeFilippo 107 Conn. App. 903 (2008), (Civil Procedure);
Bridgeport Harbour Place v. Joseph P. Ganim et al, 111 Conn App. 197, (2008) (Anti-trust);
Hannaford v. Mann 134 Conn App 265 cert. denied 304 Conn 929 (2012);
Kosiorek v. Smigelski 138 Conn App. 695 cert. denied 308 Conn 901 (2013);
Smigelski v. Kosiorek 138 Conn App 728 cert. denied 308 Conn 901 (2013);
Total Recovery Services of Connecticut v. Connecticut Oil Recycling Services, 308 Conn 312 (2013).


Significant Verdicts, Settlements & Decisions:

  • $3.5 million settlement, product liability against medical devise manufacturer on behalf of HIV infected healthcare worker. *
  • $2.0 million settlement, class action against law firm for unfair trade practices on behalf of former clients. *
  • $275,000, 65 year old woman, slip and fall against municipality and its vendor. *
  • State v. Tomasso, 49 Conn. Sup. 327 (2004), Motion to Dismiss granted on behalf of client, defendant in Unfair Trade Practice Act brought by State Attorney General.
  • Napoletano, et al. v. Cigna Healthcare of Connecticut, 238 Conn. 216, cert. denied, 117 S.CT. 1106 (1997) established cause of action against health insurer on state law grounds avoiding ERISA presumption.
  • $500,00.0 settlement 87 year old pedestrian injured in shopping center parking by car. *
  • $1,000,000.00 settlement (35 year old man hit on head by metal bar resulting in chronic migraine headaches and a Botox treatment). *
  • $298,458.29 jury verdict against attorney for excessive fees from an estate. *

*past success does not guarantee future results but are based on the merits of each individual case

** Super Lawyer is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.