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Antonio Ponvert III

  • Attorney


Areas of Practice

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

You need to deeply care about your clients to be able to try their case.


With compassion and concern for his clients, Antonio Ponvert III represents child and adult victims of catastrophic personal injury, sexual abuse, wrongful death, deprivation of Constitutional rights, police misconduct, and other abuses of power.  He cares deeply about his clients and how their injuries have altered their lives, and is passionately committed to obtaining maximum justice for his clients and to punishing wrongdoers.

Since joining Koskoff in 1999, Antonio has earned multiple record-breaking verdicts and settlements, including the second largest personal injury 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, and the only wrongful death settlement in history 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 child sexual abuse at private schools, and for mentally ill prisoners, suicide victims, and people abused and tortured by prison guards and by psychiatric hospital staff.  He achieved substantial monetary and injunctive relief for female correctional officers who were victims of sexual harassment and discrimination, and for the Guardians Black Police Officers Association in one of the longest-running race discrimination cases in the nation.


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
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Rhode Island
    • Honors: with highest distinction


Representative Cases

  • $41.5 Million for a 15-year-old student who contracted a life-altering disease while on a school trip to China Read More
  • Confidential Settlements for three men who were sexually abused when attending Indian Mountain School, a junior boarding school in Connecticut Read More
  • $20 Million for a young man who was sexually abused by a rabbi while attending a religious school Read More
  • $10.8 Million for woman who was sexually abused by her stepfather Read More
  • $5 Million for the family of a man who died of mouth cancer resulting from use of smokeless tobacco products Read More
  • $2.3 Million for the wrongful death of a psychiatric patient Read More
  • $2 Million for a woman who suffered severe emotional distress after her ex-boyfriend spied on her with covert surveillance equipment Read More


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, Civil Rights
  • Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV
  • 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
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers

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