August 2, 2018
40 Under Forty 2018

Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson

Photo | J. Fiereck Photography
Photo | J. Fiereck Photography

Age: 35

Company: Robinson+Cole

Title: Partner

No. of years with current company: 10

Town where I live: Wallingford

Town where I work: Hartford

College: Emory University School of Law

Highest degree: Law degree

Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson is a partner in Robinson+Cole's Labor and Employment Group. She focuses her practice on counseling private-sector employers, ranging from NYSE and NASDAQ companies, multinational corporations and nonprofit healthcare organizations to educational institutions, manufacturers and all areas of employment law.

Cole-Johnson handles sensitive, high-risk personnel issues and investigations as well as compliance and training. She is a trained workplace investigator and regularly conducts, manages and provides advice regarding workplace investigations involving all types of employment-related issues, particularly those requiring board of director and senior management involvement and high-profile matters.

What's been the biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

My biggest professional accomplishment so far has been making partner at an AmLaw 200 law firm in seven years, versus the typical track of eight or more years. I've benefited from being a part of Robinson+Cole's supportive community, which has served as a strong platform to build my legal practice.

How are you involved in the community?

I serve on the board of directors for Teach for America — Connecticut and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's board of ambassadors. I am a member of the Loomis Chaffee Head's Council and the Greater Hartford Chapter of the Jack and Jill of America Inc., and was former board chair of YWCA Hartford region.

Give an example of a people-skills habit you adhere to in your work and daily life that you feel has helped you succeed.

I'm a firm believer in Maya Angelou's quote, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Being self-aware and willing to self-reflect are skills that serve anyone who leads well.

What do you hope Greater Hartford will be like in 10 years?

Greater Hartford's potential is limitless. I hope that in 10 years the Greater Hartford region will be an even richer melting pot known for its talented workforce, affordable housing, and a strong integration between cities and suburbs as well as a vibrant hub for student life.

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

• Named partner in seven years at an AmLaw 200 law firm.

• One of the youngest board chairs at YWCA Hartford Region.

• Ranked in "Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the state of Connecticut in the area of Labor & Employment as an "Associate to Watch" for 2014 and 2015, and as "Up and Coming" since 2016.

• Selected for Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund's Forty Women for the Next 40 Years Award.

Fun Fact

I was a varsity athlete and was recruited to play Division I basketball.

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