In 1982, Kathryn Calibey fulfilled a lifelong dream to become the first member of her extended family to become an attorney. Her desire to help people was the driving force behind her choice to enter the legal field. Prior to attending law school she worked for approximately five years at New Britain Legal Services, which rendered legal assistance to the poor. Her desire to assist those who have been injured led her to RisCassi & Davis.
Over the years, Kathy has developed a focus in appellate advocacy. She has been involved numerous cases before the state Appellate and Supreme Courts. Her strong analytical and writing skills have contributed to her numerous appellate successes since her precedent-setting first case before the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1986, O’Connor v. O’Connor. Her legal scholarship has been influential in a wide range of appellate issues ranging from interpretation of contracts and statutes to evidentiary issues involving standards of proof applied to a variety of personal injury situations. She is currently a Co-Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Section and Co-Chair the Connecticut Trial Lawyers’ Amicus Curiae Committee. For many years, she taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law Moot Court Appellate Advocacy Program and has been a faculty member of the Connecticut Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Institute. She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division’s Conference of Appellate Lawyers.
Kathy’s detailed and creative analysis has assisted the firm not only in the appellate arena but also during the preparation and trial stage of many negligence cases involving complex legal issues. She was selected by Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2014 @ Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, S.C., for listing in the fields of Appellate Law and Personal Injury Litigation. She was named Best Lawyers 2012 “Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Litigation-Hartford”. She also has been selected for inclusion in New England SuperLawyer 2011-2014 Listings and Connecticut SuperLawyer 2008-2009, 2011-2014 Listings. She was named a Top 25 2013 Connecticut Women SuperLawyer. In 2010 she received the Hartford County Bar Association’s President’s Award for Excellence.
Kathy has authored numerous published legal articles over the years. She served for many years on the Board of Editors for the Connecticut Bar Journal and was a Senior Editor for Civil Litigation from 1997-2010.
As an active member of numerous professional organizations, Kathy has donated significant time to assist both the legal and Hartford County community. She has been active in the Connecticut and Hartford County Bar Associations for many years. She is a Past-President of the Hartford County Bar Association and a Co-Founding Past-President of the Hartford County Bar Foundation, a non-profit corporation whose sole purpose is to raise funds to benefit Hartford County’s homeless and needy. She was elected as a Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellow and has been a life-fellow since 2008. She is a Board Member and Program Co-Chair of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society and actively serves on the Connecticut Bar Association’s Civic Education Task Force.