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2015 Attorney Committee Assignments

LCO Attorney Committee Assignments for 2015









Committee
Attorney
Aging
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.


Appropriations
email  Jo A. Roberts [+/-]

Jo A. Roberts, Chief Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Appropriations, Executive and Legislative Nominations
  • 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  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

Banks
Interim contact: email  Eileen Lawlor-Parker [+/-]

Eileen Lawlor-Parker, Associate Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Public Health
  • Previous: Banks, 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.


Children
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.


Commerce
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

Education
email  Christopher J. Cordima [+/-]

Christopher J. Cordima, Associate Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Education and Program Review & Investigations
  • 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



Energy and Technology
Interim contact: 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.


Environment
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.


Executive and Legislative Nominations
email  Shannon McCarthy [+/-]

Shannon McCarthy, Senior Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Government Administration and Elections, Regulation Review and Executive and Legislative Nominations
  • 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  Jo A. Roberts [+/-]

Jo A. Roberts, Chief Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Appropriations, Executive and Legislative Nominations
  • 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.


Finance, Revenue and Bonding
email  Louise M. Nadeau [+/-]

Louise M. Nadeau, Chief Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Finance, Revenue and Bonding
  • Previous: Judiciary (2005 - 2014), 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.


General Law
email  Richard R. Hanratty [+/-]

Richard R. Hanratty, Jr. Senior Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

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

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.

Government Administration and Elections
email  Allison M. McKeen [+/-] (Elections)

 Allison McKeen, Associate Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Government and Elections (Elections), Housing, Regulation Review
  • Previous: Banks, Planning and Development  

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  Shannon M. McCarthy [+/-] (Government Administration)

Shannon McCarthy, Senior Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Government Administration and Elections, Regulation Review and Executive and Legislative Nominations
  • 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.


Higher Education and Employment Advancement
email  Eileen Lawlor-Parker [+/-]

Eileen Lawlor-Parker, Associate Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Public Health
  • Previous: Banks, 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.


Housing
email  Allison M. McKeen [+/-]

 Allison McKeen, Associate Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Government and Elections (Elections), Housing, Regulation Review
  • Previous: Banks, Planning and Development  

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.

Human Services
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.


Insurance and Real Estate
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.


Judiciary
email  Angela Rehm [+/-]

Angela Rehm, Senior Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

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

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  William F. O'Shea [+/-]

William F. O'Shea, Chief Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Judiciary and Regulation Review
  • 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.


Labor and Public Employees
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.


Legislative Management
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.


Planning and Development
email  Richard Hanratty [+/-]

Richard R. Hanratty, Jr. Senior Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

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

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  Ailla Wasstrom-Welz [+/-]

Ailla Wasstrom-Welz, Legislative Attorney

       ailla.wasstrom-welz@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Planning and Development and Veterans' Affairs
  • Previous: Transportation

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut, November 2010
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2010, Connecticut Law Review, Connecticut Moot Court Board
  • Saint Michael's College, B.A., Cum Laude, 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court, 2014-present

Publications

  • Vacating Arbitration Awards in Connecticut, CONNECTICUT LAWYER 24 (2014).
  • Environmental Law: The Diminishing Allure of ELURs, CONN. LAW TRIBUNE, Oct. 4, 2013.
  • The Evolution of Injunctive Relief for Violations of Environmental Statutes and Regulations, CONNECTICUT LAWYER 23 (2013).
  • The Connecticut Evidence Code and the Separation of Powers, Note, 42 CONN. L. REV. 991 (2010).

Prior to joining the Legislative Commissioners' Office, Ailla was an associate with Day Pitney LLP in the Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Practice Group. Representative matters included municipal land use permit applications and appeals, environmental due diligence for corporate and real estate transactions, and administrative hearings before the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.


Program Review and Investigations
(Contact:  email  Christopher J. Cordima [+/-])

Christopher J. Cordima, Associate Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Education and Program Review & Investigations
  • 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



Public Health
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  Eileen Lawlor-Parker [+/-]

Eileen Lawlor-Parker, Associate Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Public Health
  • Previous: Banks, 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.


Public Safety and Security
Interim contact: email  Shannon McCarthy [+/-]

Shannon McCarthy, Senior Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Government Administration and Elections, Regulation Review and Executive and Legislative Nominations
  • 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.


Regulation Review
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.


email  William F. O'Shea [+/-]

William F. O'Shea, Chief Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Judiciary and Regulation Review
  • 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  Richard R. Hanratty [+/-]

Richard R. Hanratty, Jr. Senior Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

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

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  Shannon M. McCarthy [+/-]

Shannon McCarthy, Senior Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Government Administration and Elections, Regulation Review and Executive and Legislative Nominations
  • 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: Government and Elections (Elections), Housing, Regulation Review
  • Previous: Banks, Planning and Development  

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  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.


Transportation
email  Anne Brennan Carroll [+/-]

Anne Brennan Carroll, Chief Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

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

Education/Bar Memberships

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


Veterans' Affairs
email Ailla Wasstrom-Welz [+/-]

Ailla Wasstrom-Welz, Legislative Attorney

       ailla.wasstrom-welz@cga.ct.gov
       860 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Planning and Development and Veterans' Affairs
  • Previous: Transportation

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut, November 2010
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2010, Connecticut Law Review, Connecticut Moot Court Board
  • Saint Michael's College, B.A., Cum Laude, 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court, 2014-present

Publications

  • Vacating Arbitration Awards in Connecticut, CONNECTICUT LAWYER 24 (2014).
  • Environmental Law: The Diminishing Allure of ELURs, CONN. LAW TRIBUNE, Oct. 4, 2013.
  • The Evolution of Injunctive Relief for Violations of Environmental Statutes and Regulations, CONNECTICUT LAWYER 23 (2013).
  • The Connecticut Evidence Code and the Separation of Powers, Note, 42 CONN. L. REV. 991 (2010).

Prior to joining the Legislative Commissioners' Office, Ailla was an associate with Day Pitney LLP in the Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Practice Group. Representative matters included municipal land use permit applications and appeals, environmental due diligence for corporate and real estate transactions, and administrative hearings before the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.