James S. Paolino Esq.
Principal, Lobbyist

Jim began his career working in municipal government before working for several years at the state level with both the Executive Branch and the Connecticut General Assembly. Before Focus Government Affairs, Jim worked as the Director of State Lobbying for the Connecticut Hospital Association, one of Connecticut’s largest healthcare provider associations. As Director of State Lobbying, he gained extensive experience in handling complex issues including Medicaid reimbursement, workforce and employment legislation, tax issues, patient safety programs, as well as a wide variety of other issues related to healthcare, technology, the environment, and business.

Jim brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the FOCUS Government Affairs team. Having worked at the municipal and state levels as well as the private sector, he adds a deep level of understanding of government and the legislative process as well as commitment to achieving positive results for his clients. This background gives Jim a wide range of personal contacts and relationships in both government and the private sector, which are then utilized to provide positive results for clients. Jim combines his background and personal contacts with his legal skills to provide a comprehensive bipartisan approach to challenging issues for his clients.

Mr. Paolino is very active in his community where he currently serves as Chairman of his town’s Sewer and Water Commission. He also serves on the Financial Oversight Committee and on the Board of Directors of his local branch of the Lion’s Club International. Jim is also an adjunct faculty member at Capitol Community College, teaching Western Civilization, World Civilizations and U.S. History.


University of Connecticut, BA, 1995

Law School

Quinnipiac University School of Law, JD, 2001


Connecticut 2001