Mark Nielsen (attorney)

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Mark Nielsen (born August 25, 1964) is an attorney who has worked in the public and private sectors.

In the 1990s, Nielsen worked as a lawyer at the Hartford law firm of Murtha, Cullina, Richter & Pinney, while simultaneously serving in the Connecticut Legislature. Later, he served as Mitt Romney's legal counsel, and then chief of staff, when Romney was Governor of Massachusetts (2003–07).

Nielsen's current position is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR), at the company's headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.[1] Frontier is the fourth largest ILEC telephone company in the United States. It provides wireline voice, data and video services to 3.2 million residential customers and 0.3 million business customers. Nielsen helped negotiate Frontier's $10.5 billion acquisition of Verizon's wireline properties in California, Texas and Florida, a transaction that was announced on February 3, 2015.

Nielsen was an advisor to Romney’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. In both campaigns, he served on Romney’s Advisory Committee on the Constitution and the Courts.

Nielsen has argued appeals in the supreme courts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and he is frequently quoted on the topics of corporate governance and compliance. Nielsen is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. His older brother Steven Nielsen is CEO of Dycom Industries, Inc. (NYSE: DY).


Connecticut House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lawrence Anastasia
Connecticut state representative for the One Hundred and Thirty-Eighth District
Succeeded by
David Cappiello
Connecticut Senate
Preceded by
James H. Maloney
Connecticut Senator from the Twenty-Fourth District
Succeeded by
David Cappiello
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gary A. Franks
Republican Party Nominee for the 5th Congressional District of Connecticut
1998 (lost), 2000 (lost)
Succeeded by
Nancy L. Johnson