Government Law & Strategies


In his diverse practice, Tom Ritter interacts on a regular basis with local and state governments. He is very active in the energy area, as well as healthcare, real estate and cable. With his background and intimate understanding of the legislative process, he is also an extremely valuable strategic advisor.

Tom has lived in Hartford all his life. He attended Amherst College and the University of Connecticut School of Law and was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1978. Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, he worked as an attorney for the City of Hartford Corporation Counsel and was in private practice for many years. He represented Hartford in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1980 to 1998, and served as Speaker of the House for the last six years. He is a past President of the National Speakers’ Association and has been voted a life-long member of that body. During his legislative career, Tom received numerous honors and awards. He is most proud of his pioneering work in the area of early childhood education and his effort to improve the University of Connecticut through the “UConn 2000” initiative. In addition, all six of his budgets were passed with a bi-partisan vote.

Tom enjoys putting together “game plans” for his clients and works hard to implement them. A growing part of his practice is the legal representation of clients who need to interact with various state agencies.

As the leader of the Brown Rudnick government relations practice in Connecticut, Tom also takes a great deal of pride in the hard-working veteran employees that make up this practice group. They work extremely well together and are able to work closely with members of both political parties. Tom frequently has been cited in various publications as one of the best on the basis of peer reviews. He is recognized by Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Government Relations Practice (2007-2021).



University of Connecticut – J.D., 1977
University of Connecticut – Honorary Doctor of Law, 2001
Amherst College – B.A., 1974

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Awards and Honors
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Government Relations Practice (2007-2021)
Distinguished alumni award from the University of Connecticut School of Law
Medal of Honor and Honorary Doctorate from University of Connecticut
Distinguished Service Award, Connecticut Legal Services
Marshal, Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2007
Community Involvement
Former Chair of the Board of Trustees overseeing Hartford School System
Vice Chair, University of Connecticut Board of Trustees
Former member, University of Connecticut Foundation