John W. Hetherington


John Hetherington served as the elected Representative for the 125th District of the Connecticut State General Assembly from 2003-2013. As a Republican representative, Hetherington served as an Assistant Minority Leader and on various committees, including the Judiciary Committee. His legislative peers turned to him for advice on judiciary and election policy issues, trusting his vast knowledge. John is widely published on corporate governance matters and brings this background to his business and corporate law work. He also practices in the areas of probate, estates and estate planning.

In addition to his service in the state legislature, John served for many years on the New Canaan, Connecticut land use bodies such as the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Board of Assessment Appeals. John is a long-time resident of New Canaan, Connecticut, where he and his wife Hope raised two children.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Connecticut
  • State of New York

Previous Employment

  • Rucci, Burnham & Carta, LLP; 2002-2011
  • Westvaco Corporation, 1978-2002
  • Dickerson & Reilly, New York, NY; 1965-1967
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York; 1964-1965


  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • Yale College, B.A.

Public Service

  • Connecticut State General Assembly, Elected State Representative for District 125 (New Canaan and portion of Wilton), 2003-2013
  • Assistant Minority Leader, 2009-2013
  • Ranking Member, Judiciary Committee, 2011-2013 Legislative Session
  • Member, Committees on Public Health, and Government, Administration and Elections
  • Town of New Canaan, Connecticut; Chairman of the Board of Assessment Appeals, 2000-2003; Member, Town Council, 1989-1997; past Member, Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning and Zoning Commission
  • United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Member of Advisory Committee on Shareholder Communications, 1981-1982
  • United States Naval Reserve; Judge Advocate General's Corps, Captain, retired 1992; Reserve Unit Commander, 1981-1983
  • United Way of New Canaan, past Director