Bill Bloss

Bill Bloss

Location:
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Phone:
203-583-8634
877-645-2313
Fax:
203-368-3244
Email:

"Bill is one of the outstanding trial lawyers in Connecticut. He is a litigation powerhouse for plaintiffs and, at the same time, has a unique ability to enhance our commitment to lawsuits that promote consumer rights and social justice," said Atty. Michael Koskoff.

At Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder, Bill Bloss concentrates on significant personal injury cases as well as complex civil and criminal litigation in both state and federal courts.

Bill represented Common Cause and Connecticut Citizen Action Group in federal litigation that led to the overhaul of the state primary election system, and represented the Comptroller of the State of Connecticut in elections-related litigation.

He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2003 for both Personal Injury and Criminal Defense. He served as both Special Master and arbitrator in state and federal courts and has argued cases before the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Connecticut Supreme Court, and the Connecticut Appellate Court. He serves on the Federal Grievance Committee for the District of Connecticut, and on the local panel for New Haven-Woodbridge of the Statewide Grievance Committee.

Bill is a member of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association, was appointed to the federal court's Criminal Justice Act Committee, served on the Defender Services Advisory Group of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, and Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He has conducted numerous seminars on procedure, personal injury, insurance bad faith, and criminal issues.

He served as a law clerk to Senior Judge Robert C. Zampano of the U. S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, and then to Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Houston.

Among numerous community activities, Bill is a Chairman of the Guilford Board of Education, vice chairman of the Guilford Elderly Tax Stabilization Committee, and a member of the Guilford Land Conservation Trust. He was appointed to the state's Property Tax Cap Commission by Senate President Donald Williams.

Areas of Practice

  • Automobile Negligence
  • Civil Rights
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1984
  • New York, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1995

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina

Representative Cases

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Committee Member
  • American Bar Association, Committee on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, 1991 - 1995
  • American Bar Association, Committee on Corrections and Sentencing, 1995 - 1999
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Chairman, Committee on Criminal Justice, 1987 - 1991
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Chairman, Committee on Public Service, 1991 - 1992
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Member, Executive Committee, 1991 - 2001
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice Section, Member, Executive Committee, 1995 - 2000
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, Committee on the Courts, 2000 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 2002 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Appellate Advocacy Institute, Faculty Member, 2004
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Chairman, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1994 - 1996
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member, Task Force on U.S. Sentencing Guidelines
  • Citizens for Humanizing Criminal Justice, President, 1987 - 1992
  • Citizens for Humanizing Criminal Justice, President, 1994 - 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Review the Criminal Justice Act, Ad Hoc Committee, 1991 - Present
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Public Relations Committee, 1996 - 1998
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1995 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, Defender Services Advisory Group
  • Administrative Office of the United States Courts, 1995 - 1996
  • Connecticut Citizen Action Group, Member, Board of Directors, 1997 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Jacobs, Grudberg, Belt & Dow, P.C., New Haven, Connecticut, Associate, 1986 - 1993
  • Jacobs, Grudberg, Belt & Dow, P.C., New Haven, Connecticut, Member, 1993 - 2004
  • Hon. Carolyn Dineen King, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Houston, Texas, Law Clerk, 1985 - 1986
  • Hon. Robert C. Zampano Senior Judge, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut, Law Clerk, 1984 - 1985
  • Hon. Patricia P. Bailey Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission Washington, D.C, Law Clerk, 1983 - 1984

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, First Baptist Church of Branford
  • Member (elected), Board of Education, Town of Guilford, 1999 - Present
  • Member, Advisory Board, Youth and Family Services Bureau, Town of Guilford, 1999 - 2005
  • Vice Chairman, Tax Stabilization Committee, Town of Guilford, 2000 - Present