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Hat Tip for 2 Partners at Brown Rudnick

Two partners at Brown Rudnick were named to the inaugural Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers and 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers guides. Robert Stark was recognized as a Leading Global Lawyer and David Molton was recognized as a Leading U.S. Lawyer, according to a company blog post. Also, several of the firm's attorneys were recognized in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 U.S. Restructuring (including Bankruptcy) : Corporate - TIER 3...

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Mounds: Governor’s Office Adds 3 To Staff

Mary Glassman will be a senior advisor to Gov. Ned Lamont, according to a Friday email from Chief of Staff Paul Mounds. She will manage the Office of Constituent Services, which includes duties associated with Connecticut’s COVID-19 response, Mounds wrote.  Glassman also will oversee the Joint Information Center, which was set up to help assist members of the public with information during the pandemic, and will provide input on policy and outreach matters. Glassman is a former first...

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COST Announces Town Crier Award Winners

The Connecticut Council of Small Towns presented five lawmakers with their annual Town Crier Awards last week while also celebrating the organization's 45th anniversary as the voice of small towns at the state Capitol. The award was established to recognize state lawmakers and municipal officials who have distinguished themselves as advocates for issues impacting Connecticut's small towns. This year's honorees were Sen. Christine Cohen, D-Guilford, Sen. Paul Formica, R-East Lyme, Rep. Cristin...

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The Lobbying Show: Taking on Fraud and Identity Theft

Jim O'Brien of The Connecticut Group has Kelli Emerick, Founder and President of 121 Strategies & Government Relations, on to discuss her firm's efforts to reduce fraud and identity theft. Emerick, who is also Executive Director of the Secure ID Coalition, has 12 years of experience in tech and a background in online child safety, identity management, information sharing, e-commerce, and privacy. Listen below:

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CGA Website Survives Outage

The Connecticut General Assembly's website ( came back up for public use around 7:30 p.m. on Monday after having been down since Sunday. The site's firewall went offline for an unknown reason. Information technology specialists worked through the day Monday to get it back up and running.  A specialist told CTNewsJunkie that the internal site was still working throughout the outage on the public-facing portion of the website, but they were focused on diagnosing the problem with the...

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Connelly Joins Capitol Consulting LLC

HARTFORD, CT – Liz Connelly has joined Capitol Consulting LLC as a Government Relations Associate/Lobbyist. Connelly was on staff in the Connecticut General Assembly for more than six years, most recently as the Senior Legislative and Communications Advisor to Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz. Connelly brings to the firm a wide bipartisan network of contacts within the General Assembly, state agencies, and various advocacy organizations. "Liz’s strong work ethic and a clear understanding...

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Smith Named Partner At Rome Smith & Lutz; Harkins Joins Firm

Rome Smith & Lutz has promoted Chris Smith to partner and also added John Harkins to the firm, providing RSL with deep connections on both sides of the aisle. Both Smith and Harkins "have been fixtures in CT government, politics and lobbying for over 40 years combined, and we are excited to have both of them assuming new roles and lending their expertise, expansive relationships, and strategic acumen to Rome Smith & Lutz," RSL said in a release. Smith is the former Director of Policy...

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Spinella Joins Gaffney, Bennett & Associates

Kevin B. Spinella – who this week joined Gaffney, Bennett & Associates – started as a legislative aid for the House Democrats in 2010 and over the past 10 years became one of the key sausage-makers at the General Assembly in Hartford. Spinella worked his way up to senior policy analyst to House Speakers Brendan Sharkey and Sharkey's successor, current Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, playing a key role researching and helping to analyze policy and programs as...

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