New Deputy AG Has Big Case Experience
When Perry Zinn Rowthorn was hired as an assistant attorney general in 1999, he thought the switch from private practice to public service would be temporary.
"I had in the back of my mind it would be good to have some element of public service work in my career," Zinn Rowthorn said, "but if you asked me back then if I'd still be here now, I probably would have thought I would not."
His staying with it in the public sector has paid off. On October 7, Zinn Rowthorn was promoted by Attorney General George Jepsen to succeed Nora Dannehy as second-in-command of the office, a boost in stature from his current job running the office's litigation department.
In announcing the promotion, Jepsen credited Zinn Rowthorn's dedication and leadership skills among the reasons he was picked to replace Dannehy, who is leaving at the end of October to take a leadership position with United Technologies Corp.'s legal department.
"As Associate for Litigation, Perry has brought critical and thoughtful oversight to the office's litigation practice," Jepsen said. "I have every confidence in his abilities."
As deputy attorney general, Zinn Rowthorn will be responsible for managing the legal efforts of all departments within the office, including consumer protection, special litigation and health care fraud. He will also be expected to act on behalf of Jepsen as needed. For instance, Zinn Rowthorn will coordinate meetings between various state agencies when legal issues arise.
Zinn Rowthorn graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He worked as an associate in a civil practice in the New Haven firm now known as Jacobs & Dow, and then clerked for U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny. In 1999, he was hired by former Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, with his first job being investigating consumer complaints. His next assignment was representing state troopers and correction officers in claims of civil rights violations brought by arrestees and prison inmates. "To the extent I know anything about trying cases, I learned a lot in that role," he said.
Zinn Rowthorn was promoted a few times, notably in 2003 to the special litigation department, where his responsibilities included representing constitutional officers, judges and members of the General Assembly when they were named as defendants in lawsuits.
Looking back, Zinn Rowthorn said his career in public service has given him the unparalleled reward of working on behalf of the people of the state.
In his capacity as leader of the special litigation department, he's been at the center of many important legal battles, including representing the Secretary of the State in election law cases. "This has been a phenomenal experience, and an interesting place to work. I have never looked back," he said.