NORA R. DANNEHY is deputy attorney general for the State of Connecticut. A veteran prosecutor, she served as an assistant U.S. attorney for 20 years before her appointment by Attorney General George Jepsen. She took office Jan. 5, 2011.
Ms. Dannehy supervises operations of the Office of Attorney General, which employs more than 300 full-time staff, including 210 attorneys. The Office represents Connecticut in civil matters and its attorneys serve as legal counsel to all state agencies.
Prior to her appointment as Deputy Attorney General, Ms. Dannehy was chief of the financial fraud and public corruption unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut. The unit prosecuted complex fraud cases, with an emphasis on investor fraud and public corruption.
For nearly two years, as an Acting U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, Ms. Dannehy investigated the 2006 removal of U.S. attorneys. She also served for two years as the court-appointed U.S. Attorney in the District of Connecticut, supervising a staff of 115 in three offices, charged with enforcing federal criminal laws and representing the federal government in civil litigation.
As an assistant U.S. attorney in Connecticut, Ms. Dannehy was senior litigation counsel in charge of special prosecutions; supervisory assistant U.S. attorney and professional responsibility officer. She investigated and prosecuted complex federal white-collar offenses, including public corruption, corporate fraud, tax fraud, money-laundering and health-care fraud.
She served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge T. Emmet Clarie and was an associate with the Hartford law firm of Day, Berry & Howard.
Ms. Dannehy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School.