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Partner - Perry Zinn Rowthorn

Perry Zinn Rowthorn

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Perry Zinn Rowthorn is a partner in the firm’s State Attorneys General Practice Group. Drawing upon considerable experience as the former Connecticut Deputy Attorney General, Perry represents clients in a wide range of investigations and litigation resulting from government enforcement actions.  He is also a partner in the firm's Data Privacy and Protection Practice Group.

During his five years as Connecticut Deputy Attorney General, Perry handled complex consumer protection, antitrust, privacy, securities, environmental enforcement, charities regulation and false claims act investigations, litigation and settlements. He oversaw the day-to-day administration and work of the Office of the Attorney General and participated directly in significant high-profile matters involving companies in the financial services, health care, pharmaceuticals, energy and utility, internet and technology and insurance industries. He also served as primary liaison to the Office of the Governor and leaders of executive branch agencies, as well as state and federal elected and judicial officials.

Perry regularly collaborated with colleagues in attorneys general offices around the country and with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) on matters of national significance. He played a key role in negotiating several national attorney general settlements, and recently served as lead negotiator for all states in the national attorney general opioid litigation and settlement discussions. He has served on a number of NAAG committees and acted as transition consultant to several newly elected attorneys general. He was a frequent presenter at national NAAG meetings on a variety of subjects.

Prior to his service as Deputy, Perry was the Associate Attorney General for Litigation, where he managed the office’s full portfolio of litigation and investigations. He originally joined the Office of the Attorney General as an Assistant Attorney General in its Consumer Protection Department, Public Safety and Special Litigation Departments, acting as lead litigation counsel on numerous critical high-profile matters.

Before joining the Attorney General’s office, Perry worked as a litigator in private practice and clerked for the Honorable Robert N. Chatigny, United States District Court Judge for the District of Connecticut.

Distinctions

  • National Association of Attorneys General: Senior Staff of the Year Award (2018)
  • National Association of Attorneys General: Meritorious Service Award (2018)
  • University of Connecticut Alumni Association: Public Service Award (2018)
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation: James W. Cooper Fellow
  • Connecticut Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)
  • Federal Magistrate Judge Selection Committee: Member (2003, appointed by United States District Court judges)
  • Federal Grievance Committee: Member (2006-2012, appointed by United States District Court judges)
  • Connecticut Bar Examining Committee: Member (2017-present)
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Harford County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Civil Gideon Committee: Member
  • West Hartford recreational youth sports leagues: Coach

Led Multistate Settlement Negotiations with Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Lead negotiator in the 49 state attorneys general settlement negotiation with opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Multistate Settlement with National Financial Services Company Regarding Alleged Misconduct

Served as a lead negotiator $575 million multistate attorney general settlement with national financial services company resolving allegations of unauthorized account opening and other alleged misconduct.

Experience

Charities Regulation and Enforcement
Investigation of Improperly Managed Charitable Funds
Investigation of Improperly Managed Historical Property by Charity
Constitutional Challenges
Defense of Constitutional Challenges to Connecticut Laws
State Smoking Ban in Bars and Restaurants
State Citizens' Election Program
State Voter Registration Deadline
Restrictions on Political Contributions to State Elections
State Criminal Prohibition of Physician-Assisted Suicide
State Budget Legislation Authorizing Excess Expenditures
Data Breach
Multistate Investigations of Data Breaches
Environmental Enforcement
Negotiated Agreement for Utility Company's Environmental Remediation of Power Facility
Financial Services Regulation
Multistate Settlement with National Financial Services Company Regarding Alleged Misconduct
Health Care
Led Multistate Settlement Negotiations with Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors
Multistate Investigation of Generic Drug Price Fixing
Reviewed Conversion of Non-profit Hospitals to For-profit Status
Negotiated State Approval of Drug Treatment Facility
Negotiated State Approval of Specialty Rehabilitation Hospital
Antitrust Review of Major Hospital Systems Merger
Insurance
Negotiated for Financial Assistance for Crumbling Concrete Foundations
Multistate Data Breach Settlement with National Insurance Company
Labor and Employment
Landmark Settlement Between State Unions and State Officials Regarding Claims of Retaliation and Misconduct
Litigation
Brought Suit Challenging Federal Base Realignment and Closure Process and Impact on State Air National Guard
State Ban on Assault Weapons
Dismissal of "Reverse Freedom of Information" Lawsuit
State Sex Offender Registry Statutes
Defense of Legislative Subpoenas in Investigation of State Contracts
Prevented Waiver of Sovereign Immunity
Utilities and Telecommunications
Supervised State Energy and Utility Advocacy Matters
Investigation of Marketing and Sales Misconduct by Electricity Suppliers
Negotiated State Approval of Telephone Service Provider Acquisition
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Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1997, with high honors
  • University of Connecticut, B.A., 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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