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Antonio Ponvert III

Antonio Ponvert III

Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder

Bridgeport, CT, USA

Antonio Ponvert III represents child and adult victims of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, deprivation of Constitutional rights, sexual abuse, police misconduct, psychiatric malpractice, and other abuses of power in complex cases in Federal and State courts in Connecticut and across the nation. 

Since joining the Bridgeport, Connecticut law firm of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder in 1999, Antonio has achieved record-breaking verdicts and settlements for his clients, including the second largest verdict in Connecticut history ($41.75 Million) on behalf of a young woman who contracted Tick-Borne Encephalitis on an overseas school trip, the one and only wrongful death settlement with the manufacturer of Skoal smokeless tobacco on behalf of the surviving wife and children of a man who died from tongue cancer, and substantial monetary compensation and injunctive relief on behalf of female correctional officers who were victims of sexual harassment and discrimination at the Connecticut Department of Correction.

Antonio has won numerous awards for mentally ill prisoners and state psychiatric patients, including the largest amount ever paid in Connecticut for the death of an inmate, a number of settlements for inmates who committed suicide in prison, and many other settlements and verdicts for prisoners killed and abused by guards.  He was the first to compel the State of California to provide organ transplants to prisoners.  For more than a decade, Antonio represented the Guardians Black Police Officers Association against the City of Bridgeport in one of the longest-running race discrimination cases in the nation.

In 2005, Ponvert represented the father of Michael Ross, a young man on Connecticut death row who had volunteered to be executed by lethal injection and whose mental competency was in doubt. In two separate cases, spanning a period of five months, Antonio sued the State to prevent the execution, he obtained a temporary injunction from the federal district court, and he then brought and defended appeals in the Federal Circuit Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael eventually was executed, despite his father's efforts to save him.

Attorney Ponvert is on staff at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming, and is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

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