William J. McGrath, Jr.: Lawyer with Halloran & Sage LLP

William J. McGrath, Jr.

Hartford,  CT  U.S.A.

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  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance
  • Municipal & State Government
  • Health Care
University LeMoyne College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1980
Law SchoolCornell University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1983
Admitted1983, Connecticut; 1983, District of Connecticut; 1998, District of Colorado


Connecticut Bar Association
Hartford County Bar Association
Public Health Foundation of Connecticut
(Board of Directors)
Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation
(Board of Directors)

BornMeriden, Connecticut, January 15, 1958

Both as managing partner of Halloran & Sage and as a veteran civil trial attorney, Bill McGrath is a problem solver. Companies and professionals of all ilks turn to him for help resolving their legal and business concerns. A trial lawyer in Connecticut for nearly 30 years, he knows the state's legal, political and business infrastructures in depth. Drawing upon his extensive knowledge and his knack for creative thinking, he advises his clients on innovative strategies for overcoming business challenges.

Bill's practice encompasses virtually any type of business dispute, whether between business associates or involving outsiders. Even when a dispute is such that litigation seems inevitable, he is often able to help a client find a solution. If litigation is necessary, he takes charge of directing the case and applies his trial experience towards achieving the best result for the client.

Bill cut his teeth in the courtroom representing major insurance companies and lending institutions in tort, coverage and consumer cases. Through the years, he broadened his practice to where it is today. While insurance and banking remain key areas of his focus, he now represents a wide variety of businesses in an array of matters. A particular emphasis of his is providing legal counsel to professional-services providers in fields such as medicine, law, marketing, accounting and finance; he assists them with everything from business advice to malpractice defense. He frequently represents licensed healthcare professionals before the Department of Public Health.

Bill serves as a special master for the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, as well as a neutral mediator, applying his skills towards helping others find ways to resolve their differences. He has served as a designated arbitrator in over 60 private disputes.

As his practice has grown and diversified, so has his involvement in community affairs and state and local politics. Bill sits on the board of directors of the Public Health Foundation of Connecticut and the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation. He is active in many local non-profit organizations, including the American Heart Association.

Growth and diversification likewise characterize Bill's leadership of the firm as its managing partner. He has been instrumental in helping Halloran & Sage become one of Connecticut's leading law firms. Under his management, the firm significantly broadened and strengthened its practice areas. His commitment to community has been a catalyst for the firm's greater immersion in community affairs, charitable organizations and public service. Additionally, he was elected a James W. Cooper Life fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. Life Fellows are exemplary lawyers recognized for the high quality of their work, their service to their community and the public, and their efforts to improve the legal system. He is rated AV or preeminent under the Martindale lawyer rating system.

For his clients, Bill's experience is key - experience in the courtroom, in business and in the community. Clients know that these elements add up to a lawyer they can trust to solve any business problem they face.

News & Events

H & S Donation Sustains the Hartford Mounted Police Unit

The law firm of Halloran & Sage LLP is pleased to announce that it has responded to the Hartford Police Department's call for donations, and contributed funds sufficient to sustain the Hartford Mounted Police Unit through the end of their fiscal year. Earlier this month the four horse, four officer unit was threatened with being dismantled due to the City's budget deficit.

The unit's administrative sergeant initiated a private fundraising campaign this past summer that would enable the City to continue to provide horse patrols. By mid-January approximately $2000 was contributed by downtown businesses and civic groups but the fundraising effort still fell far short of its goal.

Several weeks ago Halloran & Sage became aware of the campaign through media coverage and immediately responded. Managing Partner Bill McGrath said of the mounted patrol, It is an important community service and we are happy to be involved. As a long established Hartford law firm, we are proud to be able to donate the funds to sustain this important public service through the fiscal year.Firm Attorneys Included in Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2012 List

Halloran & Sage is proud to announce that twenty-two of the Firm's attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2012 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists. The attorneys that have been selected are:

Super Lawyers

Henry Beck, Jr. - Business/Corporate (Hartford)

Thomas Boyce, Jr. - Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice (New London)

John Farley - Appellate (Hartford)

Stephen Fogerty - Business Litigation (Westport)

Jeffrey Gostyla: Insurance Coverage (Hartford)

Leslie Grodd: Tax (Westport)

Daniel Krisch: Appellate (Hartford)

Dan LaBelle: Civil Litigation Defense (Westport)

William McGrath, Jr.: General Litigation (Hartford)

Allen Gary Palmer: Family Law (Westport)

George Royster: Business Litigation (Hartford)

Daniel Scapellati: Insurance Coverage (Hartford)

Andrew Schaffer: Family Law (New Haven)

Kenneth Slater, Jr.: Land Use/Zoning (Hartford)

James Szerejko: Civil Litigation Defense (Hartford)

Richard Tynan: Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice (Hartford)

Rising Stars

Joseph Arcata, III: Insurance Coverage (Hartford)

Joshua Auxier: Professional Liability: Defense (Westport)

Melanie Dykas: Government Relations (Hartford)

Timothy Grady: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Defense (Hartford)

Brian Rich: Business Litigation (Hartford)

Michael Wrona: Bankruptcy &Creditor/Debtor (Hartford)

The Super Lawyers designation is based on regional balloting by attorneys, research conducted by Law & Politics magazine, and a peer review process that encompasses sixty different practice areas.

An explanation of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars methodology can be found here.2011 'Super Lawyers' Recognizes 20 H & S Attorneys

Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that 13 attorneys, based out of three different Connecticut offices, were recently announced as Connecticut Super Lawyers. In addition, 7 attorneys at the firm were recognized as Rising Stars.

The Super Lawyers designation is based on regional balloting by attorneys, research conducted by Law & Politics magazine, and a peer review process that encompasses 60 different practice areas.

Super Lawyers

Henry Beck, Jr. - Business/Corporate

Thomas Boyce, Jr. - Personal Injury Defense

John Farley - Appellate

Stephen Fogerty - Business Litigation

Jeffrey Gostyla - Insurance Coverage

Leslie Grodd - Tax

Daniel Krisch - Appellate, Civil Litigation Defense, Criminal Defense

William McGrath, Jr. - General Litigation

George Royster - Business Litigation

Daniel Scapellati - Insurance Coverage

Kenneth Slater, Jr. - Land Use/Zoning

James Szerejko - Civil Litigation Defense

Richard Tynan - Personal Injury Defense

Rising Stars

Joseph Arcata, III - Insurance Coverage

Timothy Grady - Personal Injury Defense, Medical Malpractice

Brian Rich - Business Litigation

Michael Wrona - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor RightsH & S 'Walks Like MADD' In Support of a Good Cause

Halloran & Sage recently fielded a walk team in support of the Walk Like MADD walkathon. The event, coordinated by the non-profit organization, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, was held in West Hartford, CT. Over 20 Halloran & Sage employees, family members and friends participated in the walk that also included various activities and giveaways.

Halloran & Sage was proud to participate in this worthwhile community event. The Firm also appreciated the opportunity to support their longtime client, State Farm Insurance Company, which invited the firm to participate in the event.

Walk Like MADD is the signature fundraising event of MADD, the nation's premier organization working to stop drunk driving, support victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.Holiday Drive Benefits the Interval House

In its continuing effort to give back to the community and in the spirit of the holiday season, Halloran & Sage generously donated holiday gifts to residents of Interval House, a domestic violence shelter which serves the Greater Hartford area.

Attorneys and staff at the Firm spent the month of December collecting gifts in response to the wish lists of deserving Interval House residents. Hundreds of gifts ranging from children's toys to sporting goods, clothing and household items were contributed. In addition, the Firm also purchased a much needed stove for Interval House.

Interval House, founded in 1977, provides counseling and shelter for victims of domestic violence and to date has aided over 140,000 victims of domestic violence from their branches in Simsbury, Hartford and Manchester.

Halloran & Sage is committed to the greater Hartford community and supports many worthwhile charities and organizations throughout the year.H & S Acknowledged as New Britain's '2006 Corporation of the Year'

The law firm of Halloran & Sage was recently acknowledged as the 2006 Corporation of the Year by the New Britain Commission on Youth Services. The New Britain Corporation of the Year award is intended to recognize a local business that has made a contribution on behalf of New Britain's youth. During the New Britain Youth Services Holiday Food and Gift Drive, Halloran & Sage made a donation to a family in need from New Britain.

We were happy to participate in the program this year. On behalf of the Firm, it is a wonderful honor to be recognized as Corporation of the Year by the City of New Britain, said William McGrath, Jr., Managing Partner at Halloran & Sage. Together as a Firm, we believe that giving back to the community in which we live and work is vital and this donation is a small example of a way in which we can help ensure that families in our communities have their basic needs met in the winter.Bill McGrath Serving on Public Health Foundation of Connecticut Board of Directors

William McGrath, Jr., Managing Partner of Halloran & Sage, has been named to the Board of Directors for the Public Health Foundation of Connecticut.

The Public Health Foundation of Connecticut is an independently governed, not-for-profit entity that funds initiatives that address Connecticut public health priorities. The Foundation's mission is to achieve five comprehensive public health goals. These goals are to reduce the disparities in health status; promote safe, effective and high-quality health care services; reduce systemic barriers to health care access; develop a public healthcare workforce; and enhance the public health infrastructure for emergency response.H & S Sponsors Special Olympics Connecticut Eastern Regional Games

The law firm of Halloran & Sage is proud to announce its support of the 2005 Special Olympics Connecticut Eastern Regional Games. Halloran & Sage has been an enthusiastic sponsor of the games, scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2005 at the University of Hartford, Weaver High and Watkinson School, for several years.

The games kicked-off at 9:00 a.m. with opening ceremonies at the University of Hartford. The track and field competition took place at Weaver High, aquatics and tennis at University of Hartford and soccer at Watkinson School.

The athletes that participate in Special Olympics Connecticut are true champions, notes Bill McGrath, Jr., Managing Partner of Halloran & Sage. Connecticut Special Olympics does an exceptional job celebrating athletes' potential and abilities. That's a philosophy that we agree with at our law firm, and that's why we have supported the event for so many years. We encourage the community to join with us and welcome the return of CT Special Olympics to Hartford.

Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.H & S Announces Election of Five New Partners

Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce the admission of partnership of five attorneys.

The partnership class of 2004 includes the following attorneys resident in our Hartford office: Jeffrey Gostyla, who practices in the area of Insurance Law and Kenneth Slater Jr..

We are very pleased to welcome these talented attorneys into our partnership. These advancements reflect our continued growth and our commitment to expanding the platform for the services we offer to our increasingly diversified client base, comments William McGrath, Jr, Managing Partner of the Firm.


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William J. McGrath, Jr.

225 Asylum Street
HartfordCT 06103


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