JSC: Biographies of Commission Members

Biographies of Commission Members



Robert S. Bello is an attorney in the Stamford law firm of Meister Seelig & Fein LLP.  The firm is a general practice with an emphasis on civil and criminal litigation, including personal injury, medical and legal malpractice, commercial and construction disputes as well as family law.  It also handles business and real estate transactions.  Attorney Bello concentrates in criminal litigation where he has garnered extensive trial experience, including numerous jury trials of serious felonies, winning acquittal in many.  He has also briefed and argued several criminal appeals before the Appellate and Supreme Courts.  Mr. Bello is a graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School, Fairfield University and St. John's Law School, where he graduated in 1961.  He has been admitted to practice in Connecticut State and Federal Courts for 50 years and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Fairfield County Bar Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  He is a past recipient of numerous pro bono awards and citations, including a 1999 C.B.A. Pro Bono Award.  He has been a panel member and contributor to several CLE seminars on criminal law.

Mr. Bello was appointed by former Chief Justice Sullivan to the Client Security Fund Committee, where he continues to serve, having been reappointed by Chief Justice Rogers.  Previously, he served as Chairman of the Committee on Training and Employment which was the original designated community action agency in Stamford.

Robert S. Bello also served the Commission as its Chairperson from 2011-2014.  

Attorney Bello has been married for 50 years to his wife Frances, with whom he has a son Christopher, who is a Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary with General Re Life Corporation in Stamford.  Attorney Bello enjoys spending his free time with his five grandchildren.


William A. Conti attended local schools and received a B.A. from Boston College in 1970 and his Juris Doctor in 1973 from Boston College. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1973, to the Massachusetts Bar in 1974, and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court and the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney Conti is a member of the American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Litchfield County Bar Association (Past President), The American Association for Justice, The Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Connecticut Bar Foundation - James W. Fellows Program.

He is a member of numerous local civic and fraternal organizations including, but not limited to, Past President of the Torrington Chapter of UNICO, Past Co-Chairman of the Charter Revision Commission of the City of Torrington, Past Chairman of the Civil Service Commission of Torrington, Past Chairman of the Building and Renovation Committee for the Torrington High School, and Past Chairman of the Litchfield Democratic Town Committee.  He is currently an Alternate Member of the Litchfield Planning and Zoning Commission.

Attorney Conti has been in private practice for 40 years. His areas of practice include Criminal Law, Worker's Compensation, Personal Injury Law, Civil Litigation, Residential and Commercial Real Estate Transactions, and Juvenile and School Law. He has successfully argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Appellate Court of the State of Connecticut.

Criminal Law 

For many years, Attorney Conti was the Court Advocate (Prosecutor) in Juvenile Court and has practiced in every county in the State of Connecticut in a variety of criminal matters including, but not limited to, DWI, sexual assaults, assaults, burglaries and larcenies, murder, domestic disputes and drug offenses. 



Greg Davis is a native of Hartford.  He graduated from Tufts University and Georgetown Law School.  Greg worked at the law firm of Murtha Cullina and the Legal Department of Northeast Utilities before joining Travelers Insurance Company in 1997.  Greg currently serves as President of the Hartford Public Library and served previously as President from 2009 to 2011; and he has been on the Board of the library since 2006.  He has been an alumnus, trustee since 1991, and former Board President for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford.  Greg also serves on the Board of Overseers for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and he is Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Hartford Youth Scholars.

Greg resides in Bloomfield where he is a member of The First Cathedral.


Sarah Fryxell currently serves as Chief Legal Counsel for the House Republican Office in the Connecticut General Assembly. In her role, she provides legislators with guidance on legal, legislative and policy issues. Her duties include conducting legal research, drafting bills and amendments, negotiating legislative priorities on behalf of House Republican members, and serving as the caucus liaison to the Office of State Ethics, the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and the Freedom of Information Commission.

Prior to becoming Chief Legal Counsel, Ms. Fryxell served as Legal Counsel for the House Republicans for eight years focusing primarily on issues before the Judiciary, Commerce, Insurance, and Public Health Committees.

Ms. Fryxell is a Commissioner on the Connecticut State Marshal Commission and was elected to serve as a Trustee on the Library Board of Directors in Westbrook, Connecticut from 2009-2015. Ms. Fryxell is a 2001 graduate of Villanova University and a 2005 graduate of Villanova University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and New York.



Joseph J. McGee is Vice President, Public Policy and Programs, The Business Council of Fairfield County.  Joe has worked extensively with the business community, civic organizations and government officials in the areas of economic development, transportation, housing, energy conservation, environment and tax and fiscal policy.

His community leadership roles reflect his commitment to these priorities.  He is currently Co Chair of The Commission on Economic Competitiveness and a member of the Commission on Judicial Selection.

Joe’s major focus at the Business Council is the development of high speed commuter rail.

Following the aftermath of the extreme storms in 2011, Joe was appointed as Co-Chair of The Two Storm Panel in 2011-2012 by Governor Malloy. In 2010, he served as Co-Chair of the Policy Committee for Governor Daniel Malloy’s Transition Committee.

Before joining The Business Council of Fairfield County, Joe was Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic Development, Chairman of the Connecticut Development Authority and Chairman of Connecticut Innovations, Inc. from 1990-1994.  He served as Vice President at People’s Bank between 1979 and 1990.  Prior to joining People’s Bank, Joe served as Staff Director for Congressman Stewart McKinney in Washington, D.C. from 1971 to 1978.


Paul Mounds Jr. is Vice President of Policy and Communications for the Connecticut Health Foundation.  He is responsible for the foundation's work to inform and educate policymakers on issues related to health equity, as well as the foundation's policy and communications activities.

Paul has extensive experience in policymaking and communications at the state and federal levels.  He served as Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for Governor Dannel P. Malloy, where he managed public policy development and the legislative program for the State's Executive Branch. Paul previously worked for U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, serving as Deputy State Director for outreach.  He began his career in public service as the Federal Grants Coordinator and Press Assistant for U.S. Representative John B. Larson, and eventually served as the Congressman's Communications Director and Interim Communications Director of the U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Caucus.

Paul is a member of the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority's Board of Directors and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center's Board of Trustees.  Paul formerly served on the Trinity College's Board of Trustees and on the State of Connecticut's Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.  Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Trinity College.

Paul is married to Samaia Hernandez Mounds with whom he has a son, Paul Curtis.





Peter (Pete) Smith is the managing Partner of Rome, Smith & Lutz, Inc., a Government Relations firm located in Hartford Connecticut. Rome Smith & Lutz is one of the top ten lobbying firms in the state representing a variety of clients from community based non-profits, the Mohegan Tribe to fortune 25 companies.  Pete is a former state representative from Milford’s 119th district. During his time in the legislature, he was known for building consensus around issues and his passion for constituent causes. He served as co-chairman of the Conservation and Development sub-committee of the Appropriations Committee, vice chairman of the Commerce Committee, and as a member of the Environment and Transportation Committees.

Civic engagement is important to Pete. He has served on numerous boards and commissions both at the state and local level including Milford’s Fire Commission and Harbor Management Commission.  Currently, he is the Chairman of Milford’s Downtown River High Street Development Committee and is serving his second term as a member of the Judicial Selection Commission.  Pete and his family are active longtime supporters of The Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer at Yale New Haven Hospital and participate in Yale Cancer Center – “Closer to Free” bike ride.







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