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Robinson+Cole Public Finance Group lawyer and Partner in Charge of the firm’s Hartford office Keisha S. Palmer was selected by the Hartford Business Journal for inclusion in its 2022 “Women in Business” recognition. Palmer is among 25 honorees who demonstrate business savvy, confidence in themselves and their organizations, and a strong track record of professional leadership. The honorees were each profiled in a special section included in the April 11, 2022 edition of the Hartford Business Journal and will be recognized during the publication’s annual event on May 4 in Farmington.

“Keisha’s commitment to her clients, her colleagues and her community earned her this well-deserved recognition,” said Rhonda J. Tobin, Robinson+Cole Managing Partner and Hartford Business Journal 2020 “Women in Business” Honoree. “In addition to being a skilled public finance lawyer, Keisha is a respected leader both in the firm and in the community, a dedicated advocate for mentorship and a change agent for diversity, equity and inclusion within the legal profession.  She fills many important roles at the firm and is critical to our culture here in Hartford and beyond.”

Palmer advises state, municipal and Indian tribal governments as well as quasi-government agencies on all aspects of the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable bonds and other debt. Since joining Robinson+Cole in the fall of 2009, Palmer’s work has included assisting public and private entities in understanding the complexities inherent in transactions involving tax-advantaged obligations. She represents the State of Connecticut as bond counsel and lead tax counsel, leading negotiations on the issuance of over $16.2 billion of general obligation bonds and notes, including refunding bonds, economic recovery notes, working capital financings, general obligation bonds issued as qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, and bank credit facilities.

Palmer has held numerous leadership positions of several professional associations and organizations, including the National Association of Bond Lawyers, Northeast Women in Public Finance and the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association. She serves as chair of Robinson+Cole’s Hiring Committee and is an active member of the firm’s Diversity Equity + Inclusion and Nomination Committees. In 2008, in collaboration with Hartford Public Schools and the UConn School of Law, Palmer co-founded the Summer Law Institute, a four-week pipeline program designed to introduce urban students to the possibilities that exist in the legal profession, create clear pathways for increased diversity within the legal community, and to open doors and directly impact young people in the Hartford area.

The Hartford Business Journal‘s 2022 “Women in Business” class features 25 remarkable women nominated by readers and chosen by a panel of independent judges. For the past 20 years, the publication has honored the region’s most talented women in leadership roles throughout central Connecticut with the Women in Business distinction.

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