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February 21, 2021 / 2021 Power 50

2021 Power 50: 33. Michael & Shari Cantor

Michael and Shari Cantor are another one of the region’s foremost power couples.

Michael Cantor

Shari Cantor is a CPA and the mayor of West Hartford, leading one of the wealthiest and most in-demand towns in Greater Hartford.

She’s spent much of the last year dealing with fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and helped launch a successful outdoor dining scene in West Hartford Center last summer that not only helped restaurants survive but thrive.

Michael Cantor is co-managing partner of Hartford intellectual property law firm Cantor Colburn LLP, and board chair of Connecticut Innovations, the state's quasi-public venture capital arm.

As public and private actors in the state work toward boosting entrepreneurship in Connecticut, Cantor has become a central player bringing both worlds together. He’s also a major Hartford cheerleader.

Shari Cantor

As board chair of CI, he’s helped the firm become a leading player in funding and promoting Connecticut-based startups.

As a leader at Cantor Colburn — which was founded in the 1990s with three attorneys — Cantor oversees an industry-leading patent legal practice employing more than 100 attorneys and 300 total staffers across offices in Hartford, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Atlanta, Houston and South Korea.

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