The Office of State Ethics is now located at 165 Capitol Avenue, Suite 1200, Hartford, CT 06106, across the street from the Bushnell Theater. The staff is available via telephone (860-263-2400) or by email at: ( If you wish to obtain services in person, we encourage you to contact us in advance to schedule a visit.

Office of State Ethics Legal Division

Brian O'Dowd, General Counsel


Advisory Opinions

Any person subject to the Code of Ethics for Public Officials or the Code of Ethics for Lobbyists has the right to request an advisory opinion.  Until amended or revoked, these opinions are binding and, if relied upon in good faith by the requestor, constitute an absolute defense to a criminal allegation of a Code violation.

Declaratory Rulings

Declaratory Rulings are formal opinions, interpreting the Codes of Ethics, which are issued by the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board upon the request of any person who is not subject to the Codes of Ethics. 

Legal Division Staff

 Staff Name Title Phone E-Mail
Brian O'Dowd General Counsel 860-263-2395 Brian.O' 
Diane Buxo Assistant General Counsel 860-263-2416
Marianne Sadowski Deputy General Counsel 860-263-2384 
Melissa Hamilton Paralegal Specialist 860-263-2388