Office of Consumer Counsel
Joseph Rosenthal is the principal attorney for the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel. Andrew Minikowski and Lauren Henault Bidra are staff attorneys for the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: Joe, what do you do in your capacity as Principal Attorney at the Office of Consumer Counsel?
Joe Rosenthal: The title means that I've been here the longest. We're a flat organization. All the attorneys work together collegially, and without regard to any ranks. I happen to supervise Andrew, but that's an easy job. We all collaborate, take on difficult cases, and divide them amicably, so it operates smoothly.
PUF: How do you divide them?
Joe Rosenthal: It's a small office, so we all have a handle on everyone else's workload, and who did the last case that was major. We divide them.
Sometimes we initially assign a case to one person, and then take it back because he or she got busy with something else. Andrew, after less than a year, is already able to take on cases of his own at this point with very little supervision. It all holds together because of Elin's leadership and guidance [that is, Elin Swanson Katz, Connecticut Consumer Counsel].