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Attorneys and Support Staff

Members of the Legislative Commissioners' Office


Commissioners:
email Ed Maley (D)     email William Hamzy (R)

Director:
email Larry G.J. Shapiro [+/-]

Larry G.J. Shapiro, Director

       larry.shapiro@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8319

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Legislative Management, Regulations Review
  • Previous: Government Administration and Elections, Energy and Public Utilities, Transportation, Planning and Development, Program Review and Investigations, Housing, General Law, Banks, Commerce, and Executive and Legislative Nominations  

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Massachusetts 1980, Connecticut 1981
  • Boston College Law School, J.D., 1980
  • Stanford University, B.A.,  Political Science, 1975
  • Brandeis University  (attended 1971-73)

Articles and Publications

  • "Legislative Document Design: The Connecticut Experience"The Legislative Lawyer,  Winter 2000  (republished in the British journal Clarity).
  • "Analysis of the 1989 Edition of Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure"State Legislatures Magazine,  July 1992

Before joining LCO in 1980, Larry was a VISTA Volunteer for the United Tribes of North Dakota Development Corporation, Bismarck, North Dakota. While with LCO, Larry has been an active participant with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), serving as a member of the NCSL Legal Services Staff Section Executive Committee (2002-2005) and co-chairperson of the Outreach Committee (2003-2005). He also initiated and moderated a panel discussion on Parliamentary Law and Procedure at an NCSL meeting in 2000 and presented on "The Application of Legislative Immunity under State Constitutional Speech or Debate Clauses to State Freedom of Information Laws" at NCSL meetings in 2002 and 2005.

In 2001, Larry participated in a seminar on the Legal Aspects of Democratic Control of Armed Forces, on invitation of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Geneva, Switzerland. In 2002, Larry supervised two parliamentary trainees from the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. In addition, in 2004, Larry served as an election observer at the Ukraine Presidential Elections for the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe.


Attorneys:
Support Staff:
Statute Revision:
email  Heather Bannister [+/-]

Heather Bannister, Associate Legislative Attorney

       heather.bannister@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Public Health
  • Previous: Human Services

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2006
  • Admitted: U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut 2007
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude 2006
  • University of Washington, B.A. Communications, cum laude 1998

email  Nicholas F. Bombace [+/-]

Nicholas F. Bombace, Legislative Attorney

       nicholas.bombace@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Commerce, Appropriations

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut, Massachusetts
  • University of Connecticut School of Law School, J.D., 2009
  • University of Connecticut, B.A. Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, 2005

email  Anne Brennan Carroll [+/-]

Anne Brennan Carroll, Chief Attorney

       anne.brennan.carroll@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8318

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Regulations Review
  • Previous: Public Safety, Housing, Judiciary, Public Health, Commerce

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D.
  • Colgate University, B.A., History


email  Christopher J. Cordima [+/-]

Christopher J. Cordima, Associate Legislative Attorney

       christopher.cordima@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Education
  • Previous: Children, Higher Education and Employment Advancement 

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2006
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2006

Gettysburg College, B.A. Political Science, summa cum laude, 2003



email  Marie P. Grady [+/-]

Marie P. Grady, Legislative Attorney

       marie.grady@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Human Services, Aging    

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2010
  • Western new England School of Law, J.D., 2010

Prior to joining LCO, Marie was a daily newspaper journalist for more than two decades. She served as managing editor of The Republican newspaper in Springfield, MA., and the Connecticut Law Tribune. In addition to having her own private practice focused on appellate and federal immigration law, Marie also coordinated a literacy program in western Massachusetts before joining LCO in 2012.


email  Richard R. Hanratty [+/-]

Richard R. Hanratty, Jr. Senior Legislative Attorney

      Richard.Hanratty@cga.ct.gov
      (860) 240-8481

Committee Assignments

  • Current: General Law, Executive and Legislative Nominations, Regulation Review
  • Previous: Environment, Planning and Development, Children

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut, United States District Court of Connecticut
  • Widener University School of Law
  • University of Rhode Island, B.A., Political Science

Before joining the Legislative Commissioners' Office, Rich was in private practice and litigated civil and criminal cases. He represented clients in insurance defense cases, real estate closings and business purchase and sale transactions.

email  Alexander Judd [+/-]

Alexander W. Judd, Legislative Attorney

       alex.judd@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Energy and Technology, Transportation

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2012
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with Honors and a Certificate in Energy and Environmental Law, 2012
  • The George Washington University, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 2008

Law School Honors and Activities

  • CALI Excellence Awards for Renewable Energy and Green Building, Land Use, International Environmental Law and Historic Preservation Law and Public Policy

Prior to joining LCO, Alex was a legal intern with Robison & Cole LLP, Day Pitney LLP, Northeast Utilities, JetBlue Airways, and the Office of Consumer Counsel. During law school, Alex was a research assistant for the Center for Energy and Environmental Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.


email  Eileen Lawlor-Parker [+/-]

Eileen Lawlor-Parker, Associate Legislative Attorney

       eileen.lawlor@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Banks and Higher Education and Employment Advancement
  • Previous: Children

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2002, New York 2003
  • Admitted: U.S. District Court 2003
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Boston University, B.A. in French Language and Literature, cum laude

Eileen brought years of legal experience with her when she began working at LCO in 2008. She was a litigation associate at Nuzzo & Roberts, LLC, for several years; a temporary assistant clerk for the Waterbury Superior Court; and a legal research clerk for the judges of the Litchfield Superior Court.


email  Shannon M. McCarthy [+/-]

Shannon McCarthy, Senior Legislative Attorney

       shannon.mccarthy@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8496

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Government Administration and Elections and Regulation Review
  • Previous: Environment, Public Safety and Veterans

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2004
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2004
  • Saint Anselm College, B.A. History (minor in French), 1999

Prior to joining LCO in 2005, Shannon worked for multiple general practitioners in a variety of fields, including criminal law, family law, worker's compensation law and real estate law. She worked as a research assistant and assisted various firms in doing title searches and in writing motions and appellate briefs.  Prior to obtaining her law degree, Shannon studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris and lived in France for two years.


email  Allison M. McKeen [+/-]

 Allison McKeen, Associate Legislative Attorney

       allison.mckeen@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8332

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Planning and Development, Housing
  • Previous: Banks  

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2005
  • Western New England University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2005
  • Framingham State University, English major, History minor, summa cum laude, 2001

Articles and Publications

  • "A Mere Paper Guarantee"?: Legislative Intent, Judicial Manipulation, and the Current State of Municipal Liability Under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, 27 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 133 (2005)

Before joining LCO in 2008, Allison was an attorney in the Environmental and Land Use Practice Group at Shipman and Goodwin, representing private developers and municipalities in a wide range of land use and real estate litigation. During law school, Allison was Senior Note Editor on the Executive Board of the Western New England Law Review.

email  Louise M. Nadeau [+/-]

Louise M. Nadeau, Chief Legislative Attorney

       louise.nadeau@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Judiciary (2005 - present)
  • Previous: Insurance and Real Estate (1996-2005), Government Administration and Elections (1999-2003), Aging (1997-1999; 2004), Banks (1996), Children (2006), Veterans Affairs (2007), Regulation Review (2001-2006)

Education/Bar Memberships/Other Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 1995
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D. (with Honors), 1995
  • Michigan State University, Bachelor of Music (with Honors from Honors College), 1987
  • Associate Member, Uniform Law Commission

Law School Honors and Activities

  • American Jurisprudence Award - Insurance Law
  • Research and Symposium Editor - Connecticut Insurance Law Review
  • Taught "Street Law" (practical law) at Hartford Public High School to high school juniors and seniors

In addition to her committee work, Louise is charged with reviewing case annotations for publication in the general statutes.  Before joining LCO in January 1996, Louise served as a temporary assistant clerk with the Connecticut Judicial Branch and a legal intern with the Connecticut Insurance Department and the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General. She was also the Manager of Box Office and Computer Services for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.


email  William F. O'Shea [+/-]

William F. O'Shea, Chief Attorney

       william.oshea@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8451

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Judiciary
  • Previous: Public Health, Human Services, Aging    

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut, United States District Court of Connecticut
  • Western New England College School of Law
  • Boston College, B.A., Political Science

Before joining the Legislative Commissioners' Office, Bill was in private practice and litigated family law cases. He routinely appeared in state court representing clients on dissolution of marriage, alimony property division, custody, visitation, support and relocation matters.


email  Angela R. Rehm [+/-]

Angela Rehm, Senior Legislative Attorney

       angela.rehm@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8312

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Government Administration and Elections, Regulations Review
  • Previous: General Law, Banks, Education, Higher Education, Appropriations and Program Review and Investigation         

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut, New York
  • Cornell Law School, J.D.
  • University of Washington, B.A. History and Jackson School of International Studies

email  Jo A. Roberts [+/-]

Jo A. Roberts, Chief Attorney

       jo.roberts@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-0254

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Appropriations
  • Previous: Commerce, Transportation, Public Health, Labor and Public Employees, Higher Education and Employment Advancement, and Regulation Review      

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 1985, Wisconsin 1981, New York 1981
  • Marquette University School of Law School, J.D., 1981
  • Youngstown State University, B.A. English and Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, 1977

Law School Honors and Activities

  • ABA/LSD Moot Court competitor
  • Marquette Law Review

Before joining LCO in 2003, Jo served as a staff attorney for Connecticut Legal Services, concentrating in family law, and as in-house counsel to The Hartford Insurance Group in the Real Estate Investment Unit.  In addition, Jo has taught Business Law at Central Connecticut State University and Middlesex Community College.


email  Kumi Sato [+/-]

Kumi Sato, Associate Legislative Attorney

       kumi.sato@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8415

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Insurance and Real Estate     

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2007, New York 2007
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with Honors, 2006
  • Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, cum laude, B.Mus.Ed.

Before joining LCO, Kumi worked for the Connecticut Food Association for 13 years and spent her last year with the trade group serving as its interim executive director.


email  Jeremy T. Sauer [+/-]

Jeremy T. Sauer, Legislative Attorney

       jeremy.sauer@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Labor and Public Employees, Children 

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2012
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with Honors, 2012
  • Tulane Univeristy, B.S., Anthropology, 1998

Prior to joining LCO, Jeremy was a law clerk at Travelers in the Bond & Financial Products group as well as an extern with the General Assembly's Joint Committee on Judiciary during the 2011 session. Before and during law school, Jeremy worked as an author and editor for Boston Common Press, publishers of Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country Magazines.


email  Catriona Stratton
email Richard D. Taff [+/-]

Richard D. Taff, Sessional Attorney

       richard.taff@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8410

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., History, magna cum laude
email  Bradford M. Towson [+/-]

Bradford M. Towson, Senior Legislative Attorney

       bradford.towson@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8480

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Environment, Regulations Review Committee
  • Previous: Government Administration and Elections, General Law, Commerce, Aging

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 1997
  • Rutgers Law School, J.D., with Honors, 1997
  • Wesleyan University, B.A. Government, 1994

Prior to joining the General Assembly in 2000, Bradford was an associate attorney with a boutique defense litigation firm specializing in insurance and medical malpractice claims. From 1997 to 1998 he served as a judicial law clerk for the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court system. Bradford has drafted model legislation concerning air emissions standards for electric generating facilities and transmission line moratoriums for Long Island Sound, as well as noteworthy legislation to overhaul the state of Connecticut's procurement process, reconstitute the state's ethics agency and implement comprehensive campaign finance reform.


email  Ailla Wasstrom-Welz
 
email  Diana Caliendo, Supervisor of Legislative Documents
email  Maureen Breyan
email  Miriam Colon
email  Audrey Giorgio [+/-]

Audrey Giorgio, Legislative Secretary

       audrey.giorgio@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8497 

Audrey worked as a sessional employee during the 2010 legislative session and then joined LCO on a permanent basis in December of that year. Previously, she was the executive assistant to the president of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center and the executive assistant to the president of Bob's Stores. Audrey also volunteers for Manes and Motions, a therapeutic horse program for patients with disabilities.


email  Evelyn Huertas
email  Theresa A. Kruczek
email  Deborah Morin
email  Maria del Pilar Noble
email  Cynthia Papallo-Slepski
email  Vickey S. Terrell [+/-]

Vickey S. Terrell, Senior Executive Legislative Secretary

       vickey.terrell@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8456 

Education

  • University of Connecticut, B.S. Human Development and Family Studies, cum laude, 2007

Vickey has been with LCO since 2004 and currently serves as the senior executive legislative secretary to the office's director. Before joining LCO, Vickey was a labor and employment legal secretary.



email  Amy Weidlich
 
 
 
 
 
email  Arthur S. Donovan, Supervisor
email  Jill W. Upton
email  Mary Ellen McGuire