JRC: Council Members and Staff

Council Members and Staff


The Council consists of the following:


Three Superior or Appellate Court judge members
Three attorney members
Six public members
Two alternate judge members
Two alternate attorney members
Three alternate public members
Three alternate family support magistrate members
Three alternate workers' compensation commissioner members


Whenever the Council considers a complaint against a workers' compensation commissioner member, an alternate workers' compensation commissioner member replaces a judge member. Likewise, when the Council considers a complaint against a family support magistrate, an alternate family support magistrate member replaces a judge member. At the present time, terms of regular members are four years. A regular member may not serve consecutive terms. Alternate members serve terms of three years and cannot serve consecutive terms as an alternate member. An alternate member could, at the termination of his or her term, be appointed a regular member. The Chairperson and members are appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Legislature.  The names of the present regular and alternate members of the Council and the dates their terms expire are listed below.


REGULAR MEMBERS:                                                      (Four-year terms)

Attorney Members:

Genea Bell, Esq.                                                                      


Russell London, Esq.


Mark D. Phillips, Esq. (Chairman)

Judge Members:

Hon. James Abrams                                                                                                                Hon. Hillary Strackbein 






Public Members:

Lawrence Goldman 


Motkue Bowles


Peter Nathan

Richard Smith                                                                                                                    William Dyson         





ALTERNATE MEMBERS:                                                ( Three-year terms)

Family Support Magistrate Members:

Hon. Frederic Gilman


Hon. Jane K. Grossman




Workers' Compensation Commissioner Members:

WCC Scott A. Barton


WCC Randy L. Cohen


WCC Jodi M. Gregg



Judge Members:

Hon. Laurel Baldini


Hon. Anna Ficeto 



Attorney Members:

Mark D. Leighton, Esq. 


Richard Meehan, Jr., Esq.


Public Members:

Samantha Rosenberg









HONORABLE HILLARY STRACKBEIN is a 1977 graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in English, and a 1981 graduate of Creighton University School of Law (J.D.).  She was appointed to the bench in 2003 as a Superior Court Judge.  Currently, she is Presiding Judge for criminal matters and Assistant Administrative Judge in New London County. Judge Strackbein served terms in Norwich, New London, Hartford and New Britain.  Before appointment to the bench, she was a juvenile prosecutor in the Bridgeport Juvenile Court for 13 years.  She has served on various committees and is faculty of the pre-bench curriculum.




MARK D. PHILLIPS, ESQ. (CHAIRMAN) is a principal at the Law Office of Mark D. Phillips, where he devotes his practice to criminal defense and plaintiff civil tort litigation. He was appointed by Governor Dannel Malloy to serve as Chairman of the Judicial Review Council. Mr. Phillips is admitted to the Bars of Connecticut and New York and the Federal Court for the District of Connecticut. He is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Phillips has served as a Part A Special Public Defender since 1991, qualified in all courts throughout Connecticut. He has been a Continuing Legal Education lecturer on topics of Criminal Defense, Personal Injury Litigation, and Firearms Laws in Connecticut, and he has been honored by Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers and New England Super Lawyers from 2010 through the present. Mr. Phillips earned a Bachelors degree from Hobart College, and a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law. During law school, he was selected for membership in both the Law Journal and Moot Court Program where he also was selected as a member of Syracuse Law’s National Trial Team. Mr. Phillips volunteers his time to various charitable causes and has been recognized by Abilis Agency as an Outstanding Community Partner for his legal support of people with developmental disabilities, and he has served as a Connecticut Justice of the Peace since 1997.


ATTORNEY RUSSELL L. LONDON is the co-managing attorney of the law firm London & London, located in Newington, Connecticut.  He is a graduate of Washington & Lee Law School (JD 1989) and holds a bachelors degree from Bates College (BA with Honors, 1986). In law school, he received the Best Brief Writer Award in the 1989 John W. Davis Moot Court Competition. Mr. London has over 20 years experience in the areas of commercial and retail collections and consumer bankruptcy matters. His work has been cited by such nationally recognized publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has published a number of articles in the VISA Bankruptcy Newsletter. He is a member of the Commercial Law League of America, the National Attorney Network, and the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA). He is on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Creditor Bar Association and serves as co-Chair of the section's Legislative Action Committee. He has been a featured speaker and panelist before the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys and the Visa Bankruptcy conference. He previously served as legal counsel to the Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation, helping oversee over a million dollar of grants awarded to the community. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for over 20 years.


ATTORNEY GENEA O. BELL is the Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer at Community Health Services where she serves as its General Counsel, Compliance Officer, Privacy Officer and head of Human Resources.  Prior to joining CHS, she practiced in the litigation departments of two large law firms where she represented a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 corporations to quasi-public agencies to not-for-profit organizations, across various industries.


Ms. Bell is currently completing her second term as President of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association.  She also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. In March 2016, Ms. Bell was appointed by Governor Malloy to the Judicial Review Council.



LAWRENCE GOLDMAN has lived and worked in Norwich, CT since 1989 with his wife Susan.  His son lives in New Haven and works on the Hartford staff for Senator Murphy.  He and his wife have been involved in local and state politics and worked on many boards and commissions.  Currently, Mr. Goldman is the Secretary of the Norwich Public Utilities Commission and Chair of the Norwich Democratic Town Committee.

Professionally, Mr. Goldman has worked in the printing industry for over 40 years, and since moving to Connecticut from Massachusetts, has worked for a few regional commercial printers in the area and most recently ran a successful print broker business.

Mr. Goldman was recommended to the Judicial Review Committee in July of 2014 by Governor Malloy and started membership in October of 2014 to replace another public member with his term ending in November of 2016.


Alternate Attorney Member

ATTORNEY RICHARD MEEHAN, JR. - is a graduate of Notre Dame University (B.S. 1970) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. with honors, 1974). Admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts in Connecticut, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, he is currently the managing partner in Meehan, Meehan & Gavin, in Bridgeport.  The firm and Attorney Meehan, individually, have received an AV rating (Pre-Eminent--Highest Rating) by Matindale-Hubbell Law Directory for the past 28 years.  He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as both a Criminal Trial Specialist and Civil Trial Specialist.  Mr. Meehan was inducted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (2011) and the American College of Trial Lawyers (2013), He is a Charter Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society (2007) and the American College of Board Certified Attorneys (2013).  He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; the Connecticut Bar Association (Lawyer to Lawyer Dispute Resolution Committee and Media and the Law Committee, Federal Judiciary Committee, and serves as co-chair of the Committee on Human Trafficking); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Greater Bridgeport Bar Association (Executive Committee 1982, 1987-90, Chairman - Criminal Law Section 1981-82, 84-85, President 1986-87); the Connecticut Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers (1994-Present); and the Advisory Board of the National Board of Trial Advocacy.


Attorney Meehan is a Fact Finder and Arbitrator for the Connecticut Superior Court and a columnist for ConnPost.com - "Due Process".  He has been honored by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut, by the American Socity of Legal Advocates as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Connecticut (2015), by Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers (2006-Present) and New England Super Lawyers (2007-2015, selected three times as Top Fifty).  Mr. Meehan was selected as one of the Ten Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Connecticut by the American Law Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys in 2014.


ATTORNEY ROBERT S. BELLO was appointed Executive Director of the Judicial Review Council by Governor Ned Lamont, effective June 26, 2019.

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