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Nothing in government happens by accident. To deal with government successfully, creative and effective representation is needed. We are an aggressive lobbying group that anticipates problems and develops strategies to achieve our clients' objectives. Whether our representation is to pass legislation or stop legislation, prevent a crisis or respond to a crisis, we have the ability and experience to achieve our clients’ goals and objectives. Our success is in our proven track record. We are a strong bipartisan team that offers a broad spectrum of legislative, regulatory, administrative and executive lobbying and consulting services. FOCUS Government Affairs is one of Connecticut's most highly respected government relations practice groups and are recognized for effective and articulate promotion of the interests of our clients.

Our successes are rooted in our government backgrounds. Many of us have enjoyed highly successful careers in public service—as political advisors, senior staff to elected Leaders, or political campaign operatives. We believe clients are best served by a bipartisan government affairs team. We’ve developed and implemented winning strategies in Connecticut by working with both Democrats and Republicans. And we’ve enlisted support from the administration regardless of which party holds the Governor's office. Our team is known for strategic thinking and getting results. It’s a product of our public service careers, where the standard of success is the ability to develop a comprehensive strategy and then deliver on it.

What We DO


​FOCUS Government Affairs draws upon the knowledge and experience of attorneys, former executive branch officials, and specialists whose collective expertise is made available to all our governmental affairs clients. This team-based approach ensures that the proper resources are determined and committed, so that our government affairs clients receive the most efficient, cost-effective professional services possible.

We provide a broad spectrum of legislative, regulatory, administrative and executive lobbying and consulting services to a wide range of clients. Because we have over 60 years of experience working with and within government, we are experts on the legislative process and can skillfully negotiate with staff and elected officials. In addition, our strong relationships with federal, state and local elected officials allow us to effectively assist our clients in their dealings with all levels of government.

​FOCUS Government Affairs has strategic relationships with Connecticut-based law firms that allow us to provide an additional level of service including legal advice, counsel, and legal assistance to corporate, institutional, municipal, and individual clients.

Our Team


William J. Malitsky

Principal, Lobbyist

James S. Paolino Esq.

Principal, Lobbyist

Michael J. Martone

Partner, Lobbyist

Ross S. Gionfriddo Esq.

Partner, Lobbyist, & Counsel

Michael R. Bzdyra

Senior Lobbyist

Alexis V. Bourassa

Communications Specialist

Press


Barred from Capitol due to pandemic, CT lobbyists face hurdles during critical legislative session

1/25/2020

Lobbyists are known for their ability to work a room, but those recently interviewed by Hartford Business Journal said the pandemic has thrown that element out the window. With the public (which includes lobbyists) barred from entering the Capitol for at least the next few months, if not the entire 2021 regular legislative session that runs until early June, the state’s $90 million lobbying industry will be forced to rely on phone calls, emails, texts and videoconferences to connect with lawmakers and staff.

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