About John Shaban

John graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1988 and earned a Juris Doctorate (cum laude) at Pace University School of Law in 1993 with an ABA Environmental Law Certificate.  He is partner at Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan in Greenwich, and his practice focuses on commercial litigation, construction disputes, intellectual property protection, securities litigation, corporate governance disputes, employment issues and environmental and energy law.  He is an “AV” rated attorney (highest level of skill and ethics) and admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York state and federal courts, and the United States Supreme Court.  He previously practiced at the New York and Stamford firm Kelly Drye & Warren.

 

Shaban has been honored multiple times for his pro bono service, is currently a FINRA arbitrator, and served as a fact finder/arbitrator for the Connecticut Judicial Branch before being elected to the Connecticut General Assembly.

 

As a State Representative, John Shaban proudly served the 135th General Assembly District communities of Easton, Redding and Weston from 2011 to 2017.  He served as the Ranking House Member of the legislature’s Environment Committee, and as a member of the Judiciary Committee and Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee.

 

As the Ranking Member on the Environment Committee, and an environmental lawyer, he pushed for sound environmental policies, including banning the use of microbeads in consumer products, creation of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan, and promoting the clean-up of contaminated “brownfield” properties.   He has been a steadfast supporter of education reform, and of promoting local control of local issues. 

 

In 2011, 2013 and 2015, John joined with other Republicans to create “no tax increase” budgets as an alternative to the Democrats’ historic and repeated multi-billion dollar tax increases and gluttonous spending policies.  He has been active in the fight against wasteful government spending, and opposing the current unpredictable tax a regulatory environment that continues to inhibit job growth.

 

John also served his constituents in the aftermath of the recent winter storms, first helping his towns manage their response, and then pushing for greater accountability and transparency for utility companies and crisis management leaders.  He has also gained notoriety for his efforts to reinstitute required financial oversight of continuing care retirement communities, tax relief for seniors, state aid for fallen first responders, and the use of “drug courts” to offer nonviolent offenders help instead of jail time.

 

Before being elected to the Connecticut General Assembly, Shaban served as the Chairman of the Redding Water Pollution Control Commission, managing the construction and operation of a $12 million plant as part of the Georgetown Wire Mill Redevelopment, and also served as Vice Chairman of the Redding Zoning Commission.  He is currently a member of the Redding Republican Town Committee.

 

A former semi-pro football player, Shaban is now a coach and President of the Aspetuck Wildcats Association (Easton, Weston, Redding) and guided his 2008 team to an AYF National Championship in the seventh grade division.  Shaban is also the founder and president of Athletes in the Community, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on teaching underprivileged children to transfer their athletic efforts toward improving their education and life skills.  

 

John serves on the board of Connecticut League of Conservation Voters and Best Buddies CT, and as an advisor to Needs Clearing House and Child Advocates of SW Connecticut.

 

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Shaban now resides in Redding with his family.