JAMES E. RICE is a principal of Brody Wilkinson and is a member of the firm’s Business Group. Mr. Rice practices in the areas of utilities and energy, business and finance, and administrative law. He represents energy companies and other clients before the Connecticut Public Utilities Control Authority and the Connecticut Siting Council. He has acted as Connecticut counsel in connection with the acquisition of major power plants and of regulated public service companies. He also serves as outside general counsel to several small- and medium-sized businesses in the Fairfield County area. Prior to joining Brody Wilkinson, he was a partner at the former Southport law firm of Marsh, Day & Calhoun. Mr. Rice is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney.
Mr. Rice is admitted to practice in Connecticut, Michigan, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is a member of the American, Connecticut and Greater Bridgeport Bar Associations. He served as a director of the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Public Utility Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, for which he also served as chairman. In addition, Mr. Rice was selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the area of energy law in 2006-2009 based on a peer-review survey.
Mr. Rice received his B.S. from Fordham University in 1965 and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1968.
Active in civic and charitable activities in the greater Bridgeport area, Mr. Rice served as an assistant town attorney for the Town of Fairfield from 1993 to 1997 and as a member of its Historic District Commission until 1993. He is a member and past president of the Bridgeport Kiwanis Club, and served as president of the Fairfield Beach Club.
Mr. Rice presently serves as a director and secretary of the U.S. board of Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice, a Vatican-based organization of lay business and professional leaders. He also served as president of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. In recognition of his work for Catholic Charities, Mr. Rice was named a Knight of St. Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II. Mr. Rice has also served on the Advisory Board of the Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University, the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Children’s Choir, the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Chorale, and the Institutional Review Board and Clinical Ethics Committee of St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
Mr. Rice resides in Fairfield, Connecticut, with his wife, Candy.