Antonio Ponvert III

Antonio Ponvert III

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Antonio Ponvert III represents child and adult victims of catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, deprivation of Constitutional rights, sexual abuse, police misconduct, and other abuses of power.

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, a $20 Million verdict against a rabbi for child sexual abuse, 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, substantial compensation for the families of inmates and patients who committed suicide while in custody, and countless settlements and verdicts for prisoners killed and abused by guards.  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 2014, the federal judges of the Connecticut District Court awarded Antonio the Pro Bono Award for service to indigent clients.  In 2019, he received the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Distinguished Leader award.  He is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Areas of Practice

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

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

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
  • University of Rhode Island Valedictorian
  • 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