Fairfield resident Anthony Jannotta, the assistant state attorney general, has been appointed to Gov.-elect Dan Malloy's legal team.

"Anthony Jannotta is well respected in Connecticut's legal community, and someone who has significant experience advocating on behalf of the state's citizens," Malloy said in a statement. "Anthony has been a public servant for over 15 years, and I'm glad he's agreed to continue that service in my office."

Jannotta will work under the direction of general counsel, Andrew McDonald.

"I am honored to have been asked by Gov.-elect Malloy to serve in his administration," said Jannotta. "It allows me to continue to serve the people of the state of Connecticut and play a significant role in helping Gov.-elect Malloy bring about change for Connecticut's families by creating jobs and being a leader for responsible government."

Jannotta has served as an assistant attorney general for more than 15 years. For the last seven, he worked on Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's executive staff as special counsel. Jannotta has been the lead counsel on a multi-state working group of attorneys general, responsible for investigations and agreements with News Corp.-owned MySpace.com, Facebook and Craigslist, setting guidelines for Internet safety, as well as efforts to remove sexual predators from the site and protect women and children from sexual exploitation. He has served as a liaison to the General Assembly, state constitutional officers and the congressional delegation on legislative and policy initiatives. He was also a member of a special unit of assistant attorneys general admitted to prosecute criminal cases.

Jannotta is a graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School, Boston College and Quinnipiac University School of Law.

In Fairfield, he is a member of the town's Fire Commission, recently completing a term as the board's chairman.

For the past 12 years, Jannotta and his family have sponsored a fundraising project called the "Jannotta Family Feed," which supports the Connecticut Food Bank.