MERIDEN — The city’s law department is now up to full staff with the recent hiring of Christopher Clark as associate city attorney.
Clark previously worked at private law firms in Connecticut and has past experience defending municipalities in civil litigation. He graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2013 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from Trinity College in 2010, according to his public LinkedIn profile. Clark declined an interview this week.
“He came across as enthusiastic, and we thought he’d be a good fit for the department,” Corporation Counsel Michael Quinn said. Quinn noted Clark’s past experience with litigation involving municipalities, including at Hartford-based Howd & Ludorf, LLC, one of the firms the city uses for outside counsel.
Prior to coming to Meriden, Clark was an associate attorney for a little under a year at Goldberg Segalla, where he represented “small businesses, and individual clients in civil lawsuits pending in state court, federal court, and administrative actions,” a job summary on LinkedIn read. Prior to that, he was an associate attorney for about six years at Howd & Ludorf, where he “practiced civil defense litigation with a focus on defending municipalities and other public entities in a variety of state court, federal court, and state administrative actions, including actions in civil rights, employment discrimination, premises liability, and personal injury.”
Clark started last week and is receiving a starting salary of $105,000, according to the human resources department.
Quinn called the associate city attorney position a “jack of all trades” and said some of Clark’s tasks early on will include handling Freedom of Information requests and working on several tax appeal lawsuits against the city.
The associate city attorney position first opened last August when Stephanie Dellolio was promoted to city attorney. The city hired someone to replace Dellolio last year, however, that person left earlier this year. With Clark’s hire, the law department is now up to full staffing with two full-time attorneys, Clark and Dellolio, two legal secretaries, and Quinn, who is politically appointed and works part time at City Hall.
The department had three full-time attorneys up until a few years ago, when former city manager Guy Scaife chose not to replace Jennifer Farrell, who resigned in 2017. Quinn, the department head, said he’d prefer to go back to three full-time attorneys but added he wants to see how things go now that the department has filled the associate city attorney position.
“Clearly, adding staff is difficult in these economic times,” he said.