Jepsen and Rowthorn join Shipman & Goodwin
Connecticutâ€™s former attorney general, George Jepsen, and his deputy, Perry Zinn Rowthorn, are joining the Hartford law firm of Shipman & Goodwin as partners overseeing a new national practice focused on representing corporate clients facing enforcement action from state attorneys general.
The practice reflects the growing role of state attorneys general, often working in multi-state consortiums, in bringing class-action lawsuits on a broad range of cases involving anti-trust, environmental, data privacy, financial and consumer-protection law.
Jepsen did not seek re-election as attorney general in 2018 after serving two four-year terms. Rowthorn recently left the office after serving as Jepsenâ€™s deputy. Both were active in the National Association of Attorneys General, which has become clearing house for multi-state litigation, including a drug price-fixing case led by Connecticut.
Jepsen was president of the national association in 2016 and 2017.
â€śThey are well known and respected by attorneys general and their senior staff across the country as deeply knowledgeable and experienced problem solvers,â€ť said Alan E. Lieberman, the managing partner at Shipman.Â â€śWe are thrilled to be able to tap their commitment, knowledge and stellar capabilities as we launch our state attorneys general practice at Shipman.â€ť
Jepsen and Rowthorn were involved in a number of high-profile class-action cases brought by state attorneys general that in some cases supplemented federal action and in other cases filled by a void created by the reluctance of federal officials to take regulatory action.
â€śPerry and I are very proud of the leadership role the office of the Connecticut Attorney General played at a time when Washington was paralyzed and the state attorneys general stepped in to address major national issues,” Jepsen said.
Rowtorn was the officeâ€™s top litigation attorney before becoming Jepsenâ€™s deputy in 2013.
Joette Katz, a former state Supreme Court justice and commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families, also recently joined the firm.
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