William M. Connor
William M. Connor, Partner in Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s Litigation Practice, has extensive experience handling a wide variety of commercial and personal injury matters, including product liability and mass tort litigation, construction litigation, liquor liability, admiralty, transportation law, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, employment litigation and general casualty/premises liability.
Mr. Connor defends manufacturers and sellers in product liability litigation involving a variety of machines, trucking and automotive products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, asbestos and consumer products. He has litigated matters involving allegations of manufacturing and construction design defect, inadequate warning, exposure to toxic chemicals and worksite accidents. His practice also includes the representation of bars, taverns, restaurants, hotels and clubs in liquor liability cases.
With regard to his trucking practice, Mr. Connor has extensive experience representing trucking companies and common carriers, as well as motor vehicle and fleet insurers and their insureds. He also litigates employment-related matters, as well as a wide variety of insurance coverage issues, representing insurers in declaratory judgment actions to enforce exclusions and other limitations of coverage.
In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Connor has served as a mediator and arbitrator on personal injury and commercial matters as a member of the American Arbitration Association – Commercial Arbitration Tribunal.
Outside of the office, Mr. Connor is a frequent lecturer for insurance companies on Pennsylvania’s product liability law, liquor liability law and joint and several liability law. He has served as Judge Pro Tempore in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, as a member of the Brehon Law Society and as a member of the Temple Inn of Court.
Mr. Connor began his legal career as an Assistant Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor, practicing in the United States District Courts in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. In that position, Mr. Connor was responsible for prosecuting union election violations under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act in cases involving both the United Mine Workers Union and the United Steel Workers Union.
J.D., Villanova University School of Law (1982)
A.B., Duke University (1978)
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Bar Association
Claims Litigation Management Association
Defense Research Institute
Risk and Insurance Management Society
Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Temple American Inn of Court (2003-2004)
Judge Pro Tem, Philadelphia County Court of Common Please (2003-present)
Included in the list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2005-present)