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Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson, 2023 Women in Business Honoree

Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson is a partner in Robinson+Cole’s labor and employment group where she has practiced law since 2008 and was elected to the firm’s managing committee in 2022.

She offers insightful, forward-thinking and practical counsel and is well-versed in the key responsibilities of directors and executives as she supports clients’ boards of directors and executives seeking guidance on governance, risk and strategy.

She counsels organizations, from startups to Fortune 500s, in many areas of employment law, including workplace investigations, DEI and separations. Gov. Ned Lamont appointed Cole-Johnson to serve on the board of the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority and she was elected to the board of UConn Health.

She has been ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the State of Connecticut in the area of labor and employment since 2014 and in the Connecticut Super Lawyers list since 2013.

What have been your biggest professional accomplishments so far?

My accomplishments include making partner at Robinson+Cole and my election to the managing committee; serving on impactful nonprofit boards of directors (including YWCA Hartford Region, Oak Hill and Teach for America – Connecticut); and receiving several prestigious recognitions (HBJ’s 40 Under 40; CT Law Tribune’s Distinguished Leader Award; and the NBA’s 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award).

What’s one of the biggest professional challenges you’ve overcome?

Making partner at one of the 200 largest law firms in the United States is one of the biggest professional challenges I’ve overcome. I credit Robinson+Cole’s exemplary culture for not only embracing me but celebrating me and providing a platform for success.

Who has been your most important mentor and why?

Alice DeTora welcomed me to Robinson+Cole and not only mentored, but sponsored me. As a senior partner at the firm, she provided me with an impeccable example of practicing with high integrity, staying laser-focused on solving clients’ legal challenges and serving others as a leader in the firm.

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