Levin will open offices at 2 Union Plaza and serve as of counsel for the largest law firm in eastern Connecticut
NEW LONDON, CT: Suisman Shapiro has announced that Jay B. Levin will join the firm as of counsel, and will add a new practice area to its already broad offering of legal and business services. Levin’s offices will be located at 2 Union Plaza in the building that houses Suisman Shapiro’s headquarters. His new practice is called Jay B. Levin Government Relations Consulting, LLC.
Jay B. Levin provides government relations consulting services on federal, state and local levels. His experience includes decades working in and around government politics on major Connecticut projects in infrastructure, energy, urban revitalization, healthcare, retail and the cultural arts.
"Jay Levin’s extensive government experience and regulatory intelligence brings a unique perspective to the legal team at Suisman Shapiro", said John A. Collins, III, Managing Director at the law firm. "He will provide a strategic connection between our practices that will enhance our abilities to collaboratively address complicated issues for clients, and we’re thrilled to have him back in New London" Collins added.
"New adventures are always exciting. I am so pleased to be joining my friends at Suisman Shapiro to serve my clients, my new firm and those in need of representation across the State," said Levin.
Mr. Levin attended Connecticut College in New London, graduating Magna Cum Laude. After attending the University of Connecticut School of Law he was appointed the first full-time Deputy Assistant State's Attorney in New London County. He served on boards of the New London County Day School and Big Brothers and Big Sisters (which he ultimately chaired). He also served for many years as the legal counsel to the Connecticut College Alumni Association, as well as presiding Justice for the New London Lodge of Elks. He became Chair of Zoning Board of Appeals and Chair of the Charter Revision Commission that created New London's Planning & Zoning, Water & Water Pollution Authority and Ethics Commission. Mr. Levin became deeply involved in charitable giving for the local New London Jewish Federation, becoming Chair of its fundraising efforts and President of the Federation. He was also selected to serve as the first member from New London of the Young Leadership Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal. Mr. Levin currently serves on the Board of the Connecticut Landmarks Association and as Vice President of the Steel Point Special Taxing District Board.
In 1980, Mr. Levin left the State's Attorney's office and joined the firm of Dupont & Tobin, LLC, handling a wide range of matters in the general practice of law from business formation to wills and probate and family. His practice focused on matters of concern to working families from workers compensation to civil and criminal litigation. Encouraged by his partners he entered back into politics as a candidate having previously run campaigns and served for many years as a State Representative from New London. In 1984-85, Mr. Levin served as Mayor of New London. After narrowly losing the nomination for Attorney General to Richard Blumenthal, Mr. Levin founded a government relations practice in his New London law firm (then Tobin, Levin, Carberry & O'Malley and now TCORS). He then took that practice to Pullman & Comley, LLC. in Bridgeport, and in 1999 formed Levin, Powers & Brennan, LLC. in Hartford.
Among Mr. Levin’s many lobbying clients are PSEG Services Corporation of Newark, NJ; RCI Marine of Miami Beach, FL; Cross Sound Ferry and Thames Shipyard, New London, CT; Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London, CT; First Hartford Partners, Manchester, CT; Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Waterford, CT; National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association, Washington D.C.; Elevator Constructors Local 91, East Hartford, CT; and lronworkers Locals 15 & 424.
Mr. Levin is a Charter James W. Cooper Fellow of the CT Bar Foundation, and a member of the American, Connecticut, and New London County Bar Associations. He also serves on the Board of Connecticut Landmarks, owners of the Hempsted Houses in New London and the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry, among other significant history properties.
ABOUT SUISMAN SHAPIRO ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW: Suisman Shapiro is the largest law firm in eastern Connecticut, serving the community for over 75 years with a wide range of legal services. The firm’s practice areas include personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, asbestos litigation, Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability, divorce/family law, criminal defense, estate planning, elder law, real estate, bankruptcy, civil litigation, business law, labor and employment law, insurance coverage litigation, municipal law and now, government relations consulting. For more information visit www.suismanshapiro.com
ABOUT JAY B. LEVIN GOVERNMENT RELATIONS CONSULTING, LLC: The ability to engage with government on multiple levels is a highly specialized skill. Jay B. Levin has the personal relationships and regulatory intelligence necessary to help businesses and organizations clear government hurdles. He has direct exposure to decision makers at Connecticut’s highest levels, and can deftly draft strategic road maps to bring even the most complicated projects to fruition. For more information visit www.ctlobbyist.org