Robert J. Bonsignore
Bonsignore and Brewer
Bonsignore is a name partner in the law firm of Bonsignore & Brewer, in Medford, Massachusetts, a boutique law firm with a focus on trial practice involving complex litigation, catastrophic injury and class actions. He is also a founding member of Bonsignore, Shaheen, Gordon, Brewer & Noonan, operating as a limited partnership with offices in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont, focusing on complex business litigation, consumer protection, class actions and multi district litigation.
Mr. Bonsignore received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts and a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University School of Law. Mr. Bonsignore is one of less than 25 diplomats of the National College of Advocacy.
Mr. Bonsignore began his career in the Office of the District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Since 1990, when he began his own law firm specializing in trial work, Bonsignore has obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and judgments. He has experience in complex litigation, multidistrict litigation, class actions, commercial litigation, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, products liability, and pharmaceutical negligence. He has successfully tried to jury verdict high profile cases, including Illinois v. Hoffman. Toshack v. Shawmut Bank was selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) to be one of the ten cases it spotlighted for 1998. His pleadings in the Rezulin litigation were featured repeatedly in Mealey’s as were the admission of payoffs to government reviewers he obtained. His findings of document destruction in the Sulzer Hip cases was featured in CASH Magazine.
His work on Sulzer Hips also merited a feature story in Europe’s largest news magazine, FACTS, where he was dubbed the ‘‘American Killer Lawyer.’’ The Lawrence Eagle Tribune headlined him as ‘‘An Unexpected Angel’’ for his pro bono work. The San Francisco Examiner headlined a news story on Bonsignore, saying that ‘‘He Fights For Good And True In The Legal Arena.’’
In 1997, Mr. Bonsignore was named Most Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer in America by ATLA. He received the Junior Chamber of Commerce Most Outstanding Young Leader Award in 1994, and in 1997, the Massachusetts Bar Association honored him with its Most Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. He received the Wiedemann Wysocki Citation of Excellence Award from ATLA in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000. Each year ATLA’s New Lawyers Division gives out the Robert J. Bonsignore Outstanding Public Service Award to the most deserving state trial lawyer association at the associations annual meeting.
Mr. Bonsignore was extensively involved in trial preparation in cases against tobacco manufacturers brought by public entities as well as private attorney generals in the State of California. He also served as a member of the Plaintiff’s discovery counsel in the coordinated multi-district litigation In Re Silicone Breast Implants. He served on the Discovery, Discovery Negotiation and Science Committees in ‘‘In Re: Rezulin.’’ He has also participated in numerous other mass tort and complex litigation cases. He filed the first or among the first cases in the Rezulin, Sulzer Hips, PPA and Mercury Vaccine litigation. He served on the Executive Committee for the State of California in ‘In Re: Vitamins,’ an antitrust action involving final resolution in excess of $96 Million.
Bonsignore is a Presidents Club and Life Member of the Association of ATLA, serves on multiple ATLA Committees and has served on ATLA’s Board of Governors, a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Trial Lawyers Association, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. He is a fellow of the Roscoe Pound Foundation, the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a past President of the Middlesex County Bar Association. He serves on the ABA civil litigation task force. He is a Trustee of the Civil Justice Foundation, and a Board Member of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation. He is a Senior Counsel of both the College of Master Advocates and Barristers and The American College of Barristers.