Antonio Ponvert III

Antonio Ponvert III

Bridgeport, Connecticut

With compassion and concern for his clients, Antonio Ponvert III handles some of the most emotionally devastating cases, including represents child and adult victims of catastrophic personal injury, sexual abuse, wrongful death, depravation of Constitutional rights, police misconduct, and other abuses of power.  He cares deeply about his clients, who they are and what has happened to them, and how their injuries affect them and their family members.

Since joining Koskoff 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, a $20Million verdict against a rabbi for child sexual abuse, and the 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.

Antonio has won substantial compensation for victims of sexual abuse at private schools, mentally ill prisoners, suicide victims, and prisoners abused and killed by guards. He also successfully represented female correctional officers who were victims of sexual harassment and discrimination, and the Guardians Black Police Officers Association against the City of Bridgeport in one of the longest-running race discrimination cases in the nation.

Areas of Practice

  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional Law

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • California, 1992
  • Connecticut, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. cum laude
  • University of Rhode Island
    • Honors: with highest distinction

Honors and Awards

  • Connecticut Law Tribune Distinguished Leader Award, 2019
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Connecticut Federal District Court Pro-Bono Award, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, Civil Rights
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rates AV
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School Cum Laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Trial Lawyers College Warrior of the Year 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Connecticut Civil Liberties Union
  • American Association for Justice

Past Employment Positions

  • Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn, New Haven, CT, 1997 - 1999
  • Law Offices of Amitai Schwartz, San Francisco, CA, 1992 - 1997
  • O'Melveny & Myers San Francisco, CA, 1991 - 1992
  • Judge Edmund V. Ludwig, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Law Clerk, 1990 - 1991

Pro Bono Activities

  • Faculty, Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, Wyoming, 2008 - 2015
  • Member, Civil Pro Bono Panel, United States District Court
  • Court-appointed representation of prisoners
  • Lecturer at the Practicing Law Institute