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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  Louise M. Nadeau [+/-]

Louise M. Nadeau, Director

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Legislative Management, Regulation Review
  • Previous: Finance, Revenue and Bonding (2015); 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

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.


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

Heather Bannister, Supervisor, Statute Revision Supervisor

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Supervisor of Statute Revision
  • Previous: Human Services, Public Health

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  Christopher J. Cordima[+/-]

Christopher J. Cordima, Senior 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


email  Joy Gary [+/-]

Joy Gary, Legislative Attorney

       joy.gary@cga.ct.gov
       (860) 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Transportation

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2015
  • Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, J.D., 2015
  • Howard University, B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science, minor in Psychology, 2012

Before joining the Legislative Commissioners' Office in January 2017, Joy served as a temporary assistant clerk with the Connecticut Judicial Branch and a legal intern with the Connecticut State's Attorney's Office, the New York City Police Department Legal Bureau, the Nassau County District Attorney's Office, and Brooklyn Defender Services. During law school, Joy earned the Pro Bono Service Award for her dedication to public service and a CALI Excellence award in Criminal Defense Clinic.


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

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut, U.S. 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  Lynn A. Kirshbaum[+/-]

Lynn A. Kirshbaum, Legislative Attorney

Lynn.Kirshbaum@cga.ct.gov
       (860) 240-8331

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Energy and Technology

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2013
  • University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D. 2013
  • Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, B.S. Foreign Service, cum laude 2010

Prior to joining LCO in December 2015, Lynn worked in private practice in the area of education law. During law school, she worked with various California state agencies including the Law Revision Commission, State Assembly, and Air Resources Board, and was also a law clerk for the U.S. EPA in Washington, DC. While at law school, Lynn was Executive Editor of the Law Review, Co-Chair of the 2013 California Water Law Symposium, and earned Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in Climate Change Law & Policy and Conflict of Laws. She also earned the Environmental Law and Public Interest Law Certificates at Davis.


email  Eileen Lawlor-Parker [+/-]

Eileen Lawlor-Parker, Senior Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • 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.


email  Shannon M. McCarthy [+/-]

Shannon McCarthy, Chief Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: GAE, 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  Sarah O'Connor [+/-]

Sarah O'Connor, Legislative Attorney

       sarah.oconnor@cga.ct.gov
       (860) 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Children, Planning and Development

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut, Massachusetts
  • Western New England College School of Law, J.D., 2013
  • Smith College, B.A., Government, 2005

Before joining LCO, Sarah was a legal research clerk in Hartford Superior Court, where she specialized in complex litigation matters. During law school, she served on the executive board of the Western New England Law Review and completed internships in the Massachusetts Attorney General's office and United States District Court. Prior to law school, Sarah was legislative director to a Massachusetts state senator.


email  William F. O'Shea [+/-]

William F. O'Shea, Chief Legislative 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, U.S. 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  Steve P. Papadogiannis [+/-]

Steve P. Papadogiannis, Statute Revision Specialist

       steve.papadogiannis@cga.ct.gov
       (860) 240-8410

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut, Massachusetts
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • University of Connecticut, B.A. English and Political Science, magna cum laude, 2004

email  Michael A. Pellin [+/-]

Michael A. Pellin, Legislative Attorney

       michael.pellin@cga.ct.gov
       (860) 240-8491

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Aging

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2015
  • Admitted: U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut 2016
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2015
  • University of Connecticut, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 2012

Prior to joining LCO, Mike began his legal career as an associate attorney at a litigation firm, based in Middletown, CT. During his time in private practice, Mike successfully argued cases before Connecticut juries, judges, and the state's Claims Commissioner. While at UConn Law, Mike held internships with the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, the Office of the U.S. Attorney, and with the Honorable Alfred V. Covello, U.S. District Judge.


email  Lisamaria T. Proscino [+/-]

Lisamaria T. Proscino, Legislative Attorney

       lisamaria.proscino@cga.ct.gov
       (860) 240-8333

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Labor and Public Employees

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut
  • Western New England University School of Law, J.D., 2009
  • Quinnipiac University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2006

email  Michelle E. Rakebrand [+/-]

Michelle E. Rakebrand, Sessional Legislative Attorney

       michelle.rakebrand@cga.ct.gov
       (860) 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Admitted: Connecticut, New York
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., 2014
  • Fairfield University, B.A. Politics, Cum Laude, 2011

email  Angela R. 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  Jo A. Roberts [+/-]

Jo A. Roberts, Chief Legislative 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  Kumi Sato [+/-]

Kumi Sato, Senior Legislative Attorney

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Insurance and Real Estate, Finance Revenue and Bonding, Regulations Review

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  Catriona Stratton [+/-]

Catriona Stratton, Legislative Attorney

catriona.stratton@cga.ct.gov

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Public Safety, Transportation

email  Michael L. Tellerico [+/-]

Michael L. Tellerico, Legislative Attorney

michael.tellerico@cga.ct.gov
(860) 240-8410

Committee Assignments

  • Current: GAE (Elections), Veterans' Affairs

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2014
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2014
  • Fairfield University, B.A., Politics and Sociology & Anthropology (minor in Jazz/Popular Music), summa cum laude, 2005

Before joining LCO in 2014, Michael interned during law school throughout and around Connecticut state government, spending time with the Office of the Attorney General, the General Assembly and the Office of the Secretary of the State, as well as with Halloran & Sage Government Affairs. While at UConn Law, he served as Symposium Editor for the Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 46 and Litigation Director for the Connecticut Moot Court Board, earned a CALI Excellence Award in Election Law and received top marks in Justice David Borden's course on Statutory Interpretation.


email  Bradford M. Towson [+/-]

Bradford M. Towson, Chief 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  Christopher F. Tringali [+/-]

Christopher F. Tringali, Legislative Attorney

       christopher.tringali@cga.ct.gov
       (860) 240-8334

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Banks, Housing

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut, Massachusetts
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with high honors, 2015
  • University of Miami, B.S., Education, 2009

Prior to joining the Legislative Commissioners' Office, Christopher was a commercial litigator with an international law firm, where he represented mortgage loan originators, servicers and investors in contract and property disputes. During law school, Christopher was a Dean's Scholar, served as Senior Associate Editor of the Connecticut Law Review and received the Thomas J. Staley '60 Scholarship and the Fleming James, Jr. Award for Labor Law.


email  Brian F. Valko [+/-]

Brian F. Valko, Legislative Attorney

       brian.valko@cga.ct.gov
       (860) 240-8391

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Insurance & Real Estate

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut 2010
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 2007

Before joining the Legislative Commissioners' Office in 2017, Brian worked as a litigation associate at a boutique law firm in New Haven. From 2010 to 2011 he served as the judicial law clerk for Judges William J. Lavery and Francis X. Hennessy of the Connecticut Appellate Court.


email  Diana Caliendo,
Supervisor of Legislative Documents
email  Maureen Breyan
email  Miriam Colon
email  Patricia Egan
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  Amy Weidlich
 
 
 
 
 
email  Heather Bannister, Supervisor [+/-]

Heather Bannister, Supervisor, Statute Revision Supervisor

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

Committee Assignments

  • Current: Supervisor of Statute Revision
  • Previous: Human Services, Public Health

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  Steve Papadogiannis, Specialist [+/-]

Steve P. Papadogiannis, Statute Revision Specialist

       steve.papadogiannis@cga.ct.gov
       (860) 240-8410

Education/Bar Memberships

  • Admitted: Connecticut, Massachusetts
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • University of Connecticut, B.A. English and Political Science, magna cum laude, 2004

 
 
 
 

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