Bill Bloss

Bill Bloss

Bridgeport, Connecticut

“Bill is one of the outstanding trail 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.

Bill Bloss is widely regarded as among the most thoughtful and insightful attorneys in Connecticut, and his advice is widely sought by people across the legal and political spectrum. At Koskoff, Bill concentrates on significant personal injury cases as well as complex civil and criminal litigation in both state and federal courts.

Bill has represented individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries, including the loss of limbs, severe burns, spinal cord injuries, blindness, and death of loved ones – all as a result of the negligence of others. Bill also represented Common Cause and Connecticut Citizen Action Group in federal litigation that led to the overhaul of the state primary election system, and he represented the state Comptroller, several members of the General Assembly and a former Governor in elections-related matters. He brings a depth of understanding complex issues to every case he handles.

Earlier in his career, Bill 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.

Areas of Practice

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

Representative Cases

  • $16.5 Million for catastrophic injuries to 4 people, including 1 death, as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • $13.5 Million for a young man who suffered severe injuries, including blindness, while working at an industrial site
  • $12.3 Million verdict for the family of a 5-year old girl who drowned in the indoor pool at the Waterbury Boys & Girls Club
  • $6 Million for a 10-year-old boy who was badly burned when his Halloween costume caught fire
  • $140 million settlement in a class action in 2014 against Nationwide for claimed ERISA violations. Haddock v. Nationwide Life Ins. Co., Case No. 3:01-cv-1552 (SRU), USDC, District of Connecticut. This was the second largest reported settlement nationally in 2014.
  • Confidential Settlement for a man who was seriously injured by an explosion at a power plant
  • Confidential Settlement for a 25-year-old man who was seriously injured after being hit by a drunk driver
  • $3,000,000 settlement for a workplace accident involving a 51-year-old worker operating equipment on the job who sustained serious, permanent injuries.
  • $6 million for a woman grievously injured after another driver ran a red light and collided with her car.

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV, Highest Rating for Attorneys

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • New Haven County Bar Association, Member
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, Member

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

  • Connecticut Citizens Action Group, Board of Directors, Member
  • State of Connecticut Property Tax Commission, Member (appointed)
  • Board of Education, Town of Guilford, Member 1999-2019, Chairman 2005-2019 (elected)
  • Tax Stabilization Committee, Town of Guilford, Vice Chairman
  • Guilford Land Conservation Trust, Board of Directors, Member, Past President
  • Youth and Family Services Bureau Advisory Board, Town of Guilford, Member 1999-2005