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Updated: April 20, 2020 / 2020 Power 50

43: Jay Malcynsky

Jay Malcynsky, Managing Partner, Gaffney, Bennett and Associates

When Jay Malcynsky started practicing law with Brian Gaffney in the mid-1980s, lobbying wasn’t a big part of their business.

That’s changed significantly over the decades. The University of Bridgeport Law School graduate has helped transform Gaffney, Bennett and Associates into one of the most powerful lobbying firms in the state, with about 80 registered clients — the most of any Connecticut lobbying firm — from a wide range of industries, including banking and finance, utilities, digital media, law, and health care.

When the legislature is in session, Malcynsky will typically find himself involved in the biggest issues.

Some of the firm’s clients include: Bank of America, Eversource, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, NBC Universal, and Pepsico, to name a few.

In a 2012 interview with HBJ, Malcynsky said becoming one of the state’s premier influence peddlers is a result of being frank with politicians and tackling the job in a non-partisan manner.

“Your stock and trade in this business is your reputation and integrity and willingness to be forthright,” Malcynsky said in 2012. “Lobbyists at the end of the day are advocates. You are advocating for a client or cause and the manner in which you conduct yourself in that process becomes your reputation. The key is to treat facts as facts and not massage things too much that you are blurring the edges.”

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