David Rose was responsible for the formation of a Government Relations practice in the firm’s Connecticut office, complementing Wilson Elser’s long-established lobbying practice in Albany, NY. David advises a diverse client base on public policy, legislation, regulation, procurement and appropriations matters before the Connecticut legislature and executive branch. He is also a member of Wilson Elser’s multidisciplinary Affordable Care Act Team.
As a former senior counsel to two speakers of the Connecticut House of Representatives, David is intimately familiar with the members and inner workings of state government and the people, processes and politics that drive government action in Connecticut. He also previously served as an assistant counsel to three governors of the State of New York.
David’s depth of knowledge of Connecticut state government enables him to identify alternative pathways for resolving a particular client issue and to develop a creative legislative or regulatory remedy that ultimately meets the client’s needs.
David is the pro bono coordinator for the Connecticut office.
Areas of Focus
David has successfully drafted and negotiated high-profile legislation in Connecticut and serves a diverse client base. During the 2013 Legislative Session, his intensive lobbying efforts on behalf of a national natural gas association helped defeat a number of negative hydraulic fracturing waste bills. Also in 2013, David successfully advocated on behalf of the association representing companies that acquire the assets of distressed asset portfolios on the secondary market in negotiations over an industry licensing bill. David also represents a health care company and a major insurer before Connecticut's health insurance exchange, Access Health CT. Other issues with which David previously has been involved include the passage of a tax cap on premium cigars on behalf of a cigar retailer industry client, helping to defeat a gubernatorial proposal to overhaul the existing three-tier liquor regulation system on behalf of two wine and spirit distributor clients, and various issues relating to Native American affairs, gaming, economic development, technology, human services and procurement.