Attorney General William Tong announced on Wednesday that he has appointed Eileen Meskill to serve as Deputy Attorney General. Meskill will succeed Margaret Q. Chapple who will retire in January after more than 30 years working in the Office of the Attorney General, including four as Deputy Attorney General.

Meskill, who currently serves as the Associate Attorney General and Chief of the Division of Government Administration, has been with the Office of the Attorney General since 1997. After graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law, Meskill worked as an associate with the firm of Gaffney, Kane, Reynolds & Sullivan before joining the Attorney General’s Office.

As an Associate Attorney General, Meskill represented multiple state agencies in complex and high-impact cases, trying and arguing cases in the Connecticut Superior Courts, Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts, as well as the U.S. District Court, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

In a press release, Attorney General Tong expressed his excitement in announcing Meskill’s appointment, speaking highly of her qualifications for the position.

“A tested and experienced litigator and leader in the Office of the Attorney General, Eileen comes to these responsibilities as one of the most well-prepared deputies ever to assume the role,” Attorney General Tong said. “There is so much work ahead of us—to ensure access to quality healthcare for all, protect our personal privacy and data, and to keep our kids safe online and from the dangerous effects of social media, among so many other challenges. I know Eileen is the right person to lead us on these critical efforts.”

Meskill is the daughter of Thomas Meskill who, in addition to serving as a federal judge for many years, also served as the mayor of New Britain before going on to serve as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and then served as the 82nd governor of Connecticut.

“I’m deeply honored and grateful to the Attorney General to be entrusted with this important role. I have worked for the Office for over 25 years and am thrilled to follow in my father’s footsteps of public service and leadership to our State,” Meskill said. “I am sure if he were here today he would be extremely proud.”

Meskill will be sworn in by Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Gregory T. D’Auria on January 4th at the Office of the Attorney General.

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Tom Hopkins wrote for CII from April 2022 to February 2023. Prior to joining CII, he worked in print, television, and as a freelance journalist.

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