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Gov. Malloy Announces Nominations for Family Support Magistrate and Workers’ Compensation Commissioner

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he is nominating two Connecticut residents to fill vacancies as a Family Support Magistrate and Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.

“The duties of a Family Support Magistrate and Workers’ Compensation Commissioner are critical toward providing the people of our state with the resources needed to seek justice on important life issues, and I thank each of these nominees for taking on this responsibility,” Governor Malloy said.

Family Support Magistrate nominee

  • J. Lawrence Price of Avon: Price is an attorney with 31 years of professional experience as a trial attorney, whose areas of concentration include personal injury, premises liability, family law, dram shop law, liquor liability, municipal litigation, representation before various state boards and commissions, negligent security, negligent supervision, construction, insurance coverage, real estate, arbitration and mediation. He is currently a partner with the firm of Brown, Paindiris and Scott in Hartford, where he has worked since 2002. Previously, he worked as Chief Civil Litigator for O’Neil and Associates from 1999 to 2002, and also served as a partner with Gordon, Muir and Foley from 1987 to 1999. Prior to becoming an attorney, Price was a history teacher in the West Hartford and Farmington school systems. He is a former member of the Metropolitan District Commission, where he served from 2004 to 2017, and was elected to the West Hartford Town Council from 1986 to 1995. He is a member of the Chickasaw Tribal Nation. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University and a Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

Workers’ Compensation Commission nominee

  • Pedro E. Segarra of Hartford: Segarra is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the practice of law. Since 2016 he has been of counsel at the law firm of Shimkus, Murphy and Rosenberger in Hartford. The firm specializes in the areas of real estate, zoning, probate and estate administration, landlord/tenant administration, organizational law, personal injury, and civil and criminal litigation. He also operates his own practice in the areas of civil, criminal, real estate, probate, bankruptcy, disability, employment, and workers compensation. His other legal experience includes working as Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford from 1991 to 1995 and as Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney for the State of Connecticut’s Division of Criminal Justice from 1989 to 1990. Segarra has held several elected positions in the City of Hartford, including as mayor from 2010 to 2016, and as a member of the city council from 2006 to 2010, which also included service as council president. He is a graduate of the University of Hartford, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, where he received a Master of Social Work, and the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he received a Juris Doctor degree.
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