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February 20, 2023 / 2023 Power 50

2023 Power 50: 16. Rhonda Tobin

HBJ PHOTO | GARY LEWIS Rhonda Tobin is the managing partner of law firm Robinson+Cole’s Hartford office, which will be relocating to One State Street.

In 2021, attorney Rhonda Tobin became the first woman to be named managing partner of Hartford law firm Robinson+Cole, joining the growing ranks of females assuming top leadership roles in Greater Hartford’s legal sector.

In 2022, she led a key decision to keep the law firm in Hartford.

In July, Tobin announced Robinson+Cole was relocating from its current 280 Trumbull St. home, where it has been based for four decades, to the historic Hartford Steam Boiler building at One State St.

As part of the move, which is expected to take place in September, Robinson+Cole will reduce its footprint from 120,000 square feet on six floors to 75,000 square feet on five top floors at State Street.

The new site will be the sixth Hartford location in the law firm’s 177-year history, and it’s representative of the evolving way companies think about and use office space amid the rise of the hybrid work model.

One of the key components of the move, Tobin said, was that the firm decided to go to single-size offices for all lawyers, which is allowing the company to shrink its footprint.

Gone are the days of partners with big offices and fancy furniture.

The relocation also comes as Robinson+Cole is undergoing a growth spurt that’s held steady through the pandemic. It now has over 200 employees in the city, including lawyers and staff, as well as throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Florida and California.

Tobin’s practice focuses on the litigation, arbitration and mediation of complex disputes involving insurance and reinsurance coverage. She has been involved in high-profile coverage litigation, including cases arising out of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, sexual abuse claims involving the Catholic Church and academic institutions, and coverage issues stemming from the #MeToo movement and COVID-19 pandemic.

She has been a member of Robinson+Cole’s managing committee since 2009 and co-chaired the firm’s litigation section from 2007 to 2021.

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