June 16, 2017
The Workers’ Compensation Commission is pleased to welcome Robert A. D’Andrea and Brenda Jannotta as our newest Workers’ Compensation Commissioners.
Commissioner D’Andrea brings with him thirty-five years’ experience dealing with individuals, domestic and international businesses. After graduating from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics (Magna Cum Laude), D’Andrea went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the Suffolk University School of Law in Boston.
From 1981-1987 Commissioner D’Andrea worked in the Litchfield State’s Attorney’s Office, followed by several years in the private practice of law and real estate brokerage in Litchfield and Torrington, Connecticut.
From 1993-1999, Commissioner D’Andrea worked first as Deputy General Counsel at Integrated Control Systems, Inc. in Litchfield, CT, then as General Counsel at Horton International, Inc. in Avon, CT and as Contract Corporate Counsel at B/E Aerospace, Inc. in Bantam, CT. In these positions, D’Andrea was involved in a wide variety of matters, among them issues involving litigation, arbitration, human resources, employment, and insurance, as well as corporate, business, real estate, trademark/copyright, royalties, and taxation.
Since 1999, Commissioner D’Andrea has developed a number of law practices in the New Milford, Lakeville, Torrington, Litchfield, and North Canaan areas. In these positions, he has worked in numerous areas of the law, including municipal law, tax appeals, planning and zoning, litigation, and residential and commercial real estate transactions in multiple countries.
Commissioner Jannotta graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree and went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Beginning in 1992, Commissioner Jannotta worked as a House Republican Legislative Aide in the Connecticut General Assembly, a Governor’s Aide in the Office of the Governor, a Legislative Program Manager at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and as Senior Legal Counsel at the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority. In these positions, she dealt with legislative and regulatory matters, analyzed the impact of legislative proposals, developed policies and procedures for implementing new programs and mandates, and worked to ensure statutory compliance, among other areas.
From 2001 to 2002, Commissioner Jannotta worked in Washington, DC as Director of the State of Connecticut’s DC Office, where she acted as lead liaison to the President, federal agencies, and the state’s Congressional delegation on state and federal legislative and policy matters. She also monitored federal legislation to determine impact and participated in development of policy and strategy, as well as identifying new opportunities to bring federal funds into Connecticut.
Since 2002, Commissioner Jannotta has worked in the area of transportation, first managing the Bureau of Policy and Planning’s federal legislative program, as well as administering rail and highway safety programs and, since 2006, serving as a Program Manager at the Office of Rail in New Haven, Connecticut, where she has been responsible for a wide variety of activities including the management of transit security programs, development of policy and funding activities affecting rail transit in the state, reviewing and interpreting federal and state statutes and regulations, and monitoring the activities of Metro-North, Amtrak, and other contracts.
Congratulations Commissioners D’Andrea and Jannotta, and welcome to the Workers’ Compensation Commission!