In accordance with Governor Lamont’s directive concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of State Ethics is closed to the public until further notice. Our staff continues to provide services through telework and will make every effort to continue agency operations to the greatest extent practicable under the circumstances. Please feel free to contact us at 860-263-2400 or by email at: ( We will retrieve and respond to voice mail and email communications as promptly as we can. Thank you for your understanding.

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