Jodi Zils Gagné is a Connecticut native who came to UCLA after graduating from the University of Connecticut. After graduating in 2000 from the School of Law where she served on the editorial board of the UCLA Women’s Law Journal and co-chaired the Journal’s symposium, she practiced in downtown Los Angeles for Arnold & Porter for about a year. After that time, she realized she missed home, and she moved back to Connecticut with her husband, Steve.
After working for various firms, Jodi decided to go into practice for herself. Jodi began specializing in criminal defense, and has been going strong, working for herself for almost ten years now. Jodi’s daughter, Carson, was born in 2006, followed by her son, Damon, in 2008. Working for herself gave her the freedom she needed to balance work and home life.
This year, Jodi decided that she wanted to give back to her hometown of Bristol, Connecticut. After having served on the town Planning Commission, volunteering for the local Boys and Girls Club, and being involved with the Parent Teacher Organization of her children’s school, she wanted to make a larger contribution to her community. She decided to run for her local City Council, and was elected this past November.
So far, it has been very busy, but she loves every minute of it. She has been placed on some very important boards in the City, including the Board of Police Commissioners, the Real Estate Committee, and Public Works. Her favorite board, however, is the Memorial Boulevard Building Committee. Memorial Boulevard is a very large and very old school that closed three years ago. The City is trying to refurbish the school and turn it into an arts and cultural center, with a beautiful theater for performances. Given that Jodi loves to sing and perform with her children, she is very proud to be a part of this great gift and legacy to the City.
With the work of running her own practice and helping to run the City of Bristol, Connecticut, Jodi is very busy, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her husband and children love to be involved as well, and she is setting a good example for them about the value of hard work and what people can accomplish when they set their minds to it.