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Partner - George C. Jepsen

George C. Jepsen

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George Jepsen is a partner in the firm’s State Attorneys General Practice Group, where he uses his substantive experience as a former State Attorney General to represent clients facing government enforcement actions, investigations and litigation. He is also Co-Chair of the firm's Data Privacy and Protection Practice Group. He focuses his practice on existing and emerging areas with laws enforced by state attorneys general, including privacy and data protection, financial services, consumer protection, antitrust and environmental regulation. George collaborates with a multi-disciplinary team of attorneys in related practices to successfully guide clients through complex matters, resolve investigations and minimize exposure to litigation.

George’s legal and public service career has spanned more than 30 years. Most recently, he served for 8 years as Connecticut’s 24th Attorney General. During his tenure as State Attorney General, he advocated on behalf of Connecticut and its citizens to protect the public interest, ensured that state government acted within the letter and spirit of the law and safeguarded the rights of the most vulnerable citizens. These priorities included vigorously pursuing data privacy, antitrust, consumer protection, health care and environmental issues.

George’s most significant accomplishments while Connecticut Attorney General were the high-profile national bipartisan investigations in which he held a leadership role, including price-fixing in the generic drug industry, the largest mortgage-foreclosure settlement in U.S. history, the role of manufacturers and distributors in a national opioid abuse crisis, abusive consumer account practices by a multinational financial services company and an unprecedented data breach by a credit-reporting agency as well as data breaches by several major national corporations.

George’s service as Connecticut Attorney General was characterized by a commitment to taking on issues of national significance and forging cooperative working relationships among all State Attorneys General to address those issues. He was also president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), where he received the Kelley-Wyman Award, the organization's most prestigious honor awarded annually to the state attorney general who has contributed the most to achieving NAAG objectives.

George graduated from Dartmouth College, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, received his JD from Harvard Law School, cum laude, plus a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to his two terms as Connecticut Attorney General, George served for 16 years in the Connecticut General Assembly as a state representative and state senator, including 6 years as Senate Majority Leader. He also had a successful private legal practice.

Distinctions

  • Connecticut Bar Association Distinguished Public Service Award (2019)
  • National Association of Attorneys General: Kelley-Wyman Award (2017)
  • Hartford County Bar Association Award for Public Service (2015)

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG): President (2016-2017); Co-Chair of NAAG Anti-trust Committee (2011-2019); Co-Chair of NAAG Charities Committee (2015-2019)
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Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1982, cum laude
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Master's Degree, Public Policy, 1982
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1976, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
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