William M. Rubenstein was nominated to serve as Connecticut's Commissioner of Consumer Protection by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on February 9, 2011.
Commissioner Rubenstein served in the Antitrust and Consumer Protection units of the Office of the Attorney General from 1986 through 1997 and participated on the legal team representing Connecticut in a landmark multi-state lawsuit against five major tobacco companies, largely in response to marketing efforts aimed at teen smokers. The 1998 settlement awarded a $246 billion settlement to the states, and brought about new restrictions on how tobacco companies could market their products.
Rubenstein also represented Connecticut in litigation to prevent a hostile takeover of Stanley Works, litigated price discrimination cases against major oil refiners, and helped forge a settlement with the National Basketball Association to eliminate the cable television blackout of New York Knicks’ games in Connecticut.
Prior to his service in the Attorney General's office, Commissioner Rubenstein was counsel at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC.
Most recently, Commissioner Rubenstein was a partner in the law firm of Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider , LLP, where he served as the firm's managing partner and ethics officer. In that practice he regularly represented clients before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, state attorneys general offices and federal courts throughout the country.
Commissioner Rubenstein is immediate past Chair of the Antitrust Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and a Life Fellow of the James W. Cooper Fellows of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. He has been a lecturer in programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the National Association of Attorneys General, the New York State Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association. He has taught antitrust, consumer protection and trade regulation courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut, both in the School of Law and in the Masters of Business Administration Program.