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Clarine Nardi Riddle

Counsel | Washington, DC
T (202) 760-3402
The Hon. Clarine Nardi Riddle, Chair of the firm’s Government Affairs practice and former United States Senate Chief of Staff to Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, draws on her insider’s perspective of the legislative and judicial systems to provide legal, strategic and policy advice to national and international clients on matters at the intersection of law, business and public policy.

Clarine served as the first female state Attorney General of Connecticut, during which time she handled many state investigations and numerous multi-state litigation matters, and gained an appreciation for the role that state attorneys general play in virtually every legal issue. In addition, she served as a Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court, Connecticut’s highest trial court of general jurisdiction, and Special Counsel to Senator Lieberman, as well as his Deputy and Counsel, when he was Attorney General of Connecticut. Prior to becoming Senator Lieberman’s Senate Chief of Staff, she was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the National Multi Housing Council, an association representing the interests of the nation’s most prominent owners and operators of multifamily rental housing. She also served as Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of New Haven, Connecticut.

Clarine has a wide range of experience at the local, state and federal levels of government. In addition to having been a leader of bipartisan chief of staff groups on Capitol Hill, she has a solid record of collaborating with the White House and decision-makers on both sides of the aisle to shape legislation and to assist in the approval of presidential executive and judicial nominations. She also has worked with various political action committees, and has extensive experience working with advocacy groups and grassroots networks to advance legislative goals. She worked with Senator Lieberman in virtually every major area of public policy, including national and homeland security, foreign policy, fiscal policy, environmental protection, human rights, health care, trade, energy, cybersecurity and taxes. She couples this with her judicial experience to provide legal, strategic and policy advice to national and international clients on matters at the intersection of law, business and public policy.

Clarine was a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee of the US Army War College Board of Trustees to identify how to attract and retain females in teaching positions at the College. She is currently an active co-founder of No Labels, an organization of Republicans, Democrats and Independents, whose mission is to move America from the old politics of point-scoring toward a new politics of problem-solving. Additionally, she serves on the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Center for Constitutional Democracy Board of Directors, the Board of the Connecticut Policy Institute, the Board of Advisors to the National Bureau of Asian Research, the Board of Trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education, and the Turkic American Alliance Board of Advisors.

Awards and Honors

  • 1999, Inducted into the Indiana University Academy of Law Alumni Fellows (previous honorees include Senator Birch Bayh, Governor Frank O’Bannon, Presidential nominee Wendell Willkie, “Hoagy” Carmichael, and numerous federal and state appellate judges)
    The Indiana University – Bloomington School of Law
  • 1993, Annual Award for Contributions to Women and the Law in Connecticut
    The Hartford Association of Women Attorneys
  • 1991, Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa)
    Saint Joseph College, Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1991, Citizen Award
    The Connecticut Task Force on Children's Constitutional Rights
  • 1990, Woman of the Year Award
    The Greater Hartford Federation of Business & Professional Women's Clubs
  • 1989, Award of Merit
    The Connecticut Bar Association Women & The Law Section
  • 1989, Connecticut History Maker
    The U.S. Department of Labor; Women's Bureau & Permanent Commission on Status of Women

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