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2022 40 Under Forty: Virginia McGarrity

Click here to return to HBJ’s 2022 40 Under Forty Award Honorees Virginia McGarrity Age: 39 Company: Robinson+Cole Title: Partner Number of years with current company: 14 Town where I live: West Stockbridge, Mass. Town where I work: Hartford College: UMass Amherst Highest degree: Law degree
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A partner in Robinson+Cole’s employee benefits + compensation group, Virginia McGarrity represents companies, including those in hospitality, health care and education, on complex benefits matters involving retirement and welfare plans and executive compensation – often before the IRS and Department of Labor.

McGarrity is vice chair of the firm’s diversity, equity + inclusion committee and past president of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA), who has received multiple awards for contributions to diversity in the profession.

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

My biggest accomplishment is making partner at the law firm and co-founding a successful professional women’s networking group that supports and empowers women through personal and professional connections. I’ve benefited from Robinson+Cole’s supportive and collaborative environment that facilitated my professional development opportunities and encouraged me to develop innovative networking strategies.

How are you involved in the community?

I currently serve on the advisory committee for a small nonprofit working with at-risk youth. I also spent six years on the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center board of directors. I’m the past president of the CHBA, which gained national recognition by the Hispanic National Bar Association during my tenure.

What do you like to do outside of work?

My family loves camping. We often camp in remote areas like Hermit Island, Maine and are frequently joined by friends. We spend our time swimming, biking, hiking and cooking meals over a fire pit.

Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?

• Named a 2021 “Go-To Thought Leader” by the National Law Review, I’m a sought-after author with multiple publications.

• Received Robinson+Cole’s Pro Bono Service Award for my work with disabled veterans and I’m a dedicated volunteer of the Pro Bono Partnership.

• Presented with CHBA’s Recognition Award for my leadership within the Connecticut Hispanic legal profession.

• Recognized as a “New Leader in the Law” and featured in “Lawyers of Color: High Achievers” by the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Fun Fact

My family uses three languages at home – American Sign Language (ASL), English and Spanish.

Theme Song

“Santigold” — L.E.S Artistes

Bucket List

What are two things that you would like to achieve before you turn 40?

I’d like to expand my professional women’s networking group into new geographic markets,

including Boston and take a poetry class.

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