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Thomas B. Mooney(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom is Co-Chair of the School Law Practice Group and is active in all areas of school law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, teacher tenure proceedings, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes and all other legal proceedings involving boards of education. Tom is the author of A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law (8th Edition, 2014), a comprehensive treatise on Connecticut school law, and two monthly columns, “See You in Court!,” which appears in the CABE Journal, and “Legal Mailbag,” which appears in the CAS Bulletin.
Anne H. Littlefield(860) email@example.com
Anne is Co-Chair of the School Law Practice Group. Anne represents public school districts and charter schools in labor relations, employment and education law; including collective bargaining, personnel policies and practices, constitutional law, special education, student discipline, freedom of information, and education policies. As general counsel, Anne facilitates self-evaluation and goal setting sessions for boards of education. She also leads Shipman & Goodwin’s model policy project which provides support to a number of school districts.
Alyce Alfano(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Alyce focuses her practice in the area of School Law. She has experience with special education, regular education, bullying, residency and disciplinary issues. She regularly speaks on the topic of special education law for various organizations in Connecticut and nationally.
Laurann Asklof(860) email@example.com
Laurann Asklof practices in the area of construction litigation, representing colleges, universities, public schools and independent schools in various construction projects. She has experience in the drafting and negotiating of construction contracts and the bid process. Laurann is the principal litigator for a national University’s construction infrastructure programs, acting as its Lead Counsel and primary construction litigator.
Andreana R. Bellach(203) firstname.lastname@example.org
Andreana represents boards of education in education law matters, labor relations and employment law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes, and education policies and practices. Andreana frequently speaks on education law and labor relations matter.
Gary R. Brochu(860) email@example.com
Gary is a partner in the School Law Practice Group and his practice is exclusively focused on the representation of boards of education in labor, personnel and other issues, as well as general school law matters. He served on the Berlin Board of Education for nineteen years, including seventeen of those years as its President. Gary was also involved with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (“CABE”), including serving four years on its Executive Board and over fifteen years on its Board of Directors.
Donna L. Brooks(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to representing businesses in diverse industries as “outside” general counsel, Donna represents independent schools, colleges and universities. Donna counsels educational institutions on general contracting matters, governance issues, joint ventures, affiliations, mergers and acquisitions, finance, endowment and charitable giving matters and related investment management.
Ray Casella(860) email@example.com
Ray practices in all areas of federal, state and local tax law. He has extensive experience representing tax-exempt organizations including schools, private foundations and public charities. Ray regularly deals with federal and state income tax issues, Connecticut sales and use tax issues, federal and state payroll tax issues, and private foundation excise taxes.
Michael Chase(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Chase represents organizations and individuals in government investigations, internal investigations, and criminal matters. He regularly represents clients in matters being investigated by the United States Department of Justice, the FBI, federal and state regulators, state attorneys general, and other law enforcement agencies. Michael also conducts internal investigations for companies in a variety of industries, including higher education.
Christine L. Chipman(860) email@example.com
Christine assists owners, developers, contractors and design professionals with construction-related contracting and procurement matters. She provides guidance to public and quasi-public owners, such as public school districts and universities, in connection with bidding/procurement practices, including statutory and regulatory compliance and bonding and insurance requirements.
Bruce A. Chudwick(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce represents independent schools, colleges and universities and various public sector entities. His practice focuses on general legal matters, such as contract issues (e.g., enrollment contracts and enforcement) and liability issues (e.g., student activity and travel waiver forms). A former certified public accountant with Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bruce is experienced in representing our independent school, college and university clients as counsel on their capital project and debt financings, either through the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority or with private capital sources.
Brian Clemow(860) email@example.com
Brian represents public and private employers in labor relations, personnel problems and other employment law matters. Brian has taught various courses in labor relations and employment law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and served two terms as Chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. He is a frequent speaker on employment-related topics at programs sponsored by business and professional groups.
Richard I. Cohen(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Cohen’s practice encompasses pensions and employee benefits, including tax-qualified retirement plans, 403(b) plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, SERPs, cafeteria plans, ERISA and COBRA compliance. Richard speaks on pension and employee benefit issues to business associations, such as the WEB Network of Benefits Professionals, client groups, and the Connecticut Bar Association.
Andrew N. Davis, Ph.D.(860) email@example.com
Andrew Davis, Ph.D., is a partner in the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. He counsels clients in transactional, permitting, compliance and enforcement matters under federal and state health and safety, hazardous waste, air and water pollution, site development and property transfer laws.
Robert L. Day, III(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert is a member of the Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Group and practices primarily in the areas of federal, state and local taxation. Robert regularly counsels a wide variety of taxpayers including individuals, manufacturers, insurers, media companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, and asset management funds. He also has experience representing these clients in tax controversies before the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services and other taxing authorities.
Leander A. Dolphin(860) email@example.com
Leander represents public school districts, independent schools, and colleges and universities in education and employment matters, including student discipline, special education disputes, disability-related matters, employee discipline and discharge, and investigations. In addition, she represents clients in claims before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Office of Civil Rights. Leander has conducted numerous professional development workshops for private and public sector clients on topics such as sexual harassment, bullying, special education, disability discrimination, and confidentiality issues.
Brenda A. Eckert(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda Eckert practices in the areas of civil litigation, civil rights, employment law litigation, and employment-based immigration law before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She has successfully defended public and private sector employers against employment law claims, including contract claims, discrimination claims and related state tort claims.
Christopher Engler(860) email@example.com
Chris Engler focuses his practice on the area of labor and employment law. He has assisted both public and private sector clients in a range of legal matters, running the gamut from grievance arbitrations before the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration and prohibited practice proceedings before the State Board of Labor Relations, to claims of employment discrimination and retaliation before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
Julie C. Fay(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie represents public and independent schools in a variety of special education and general education law matters, with a particular focus on issues relating to students with disabilities, student discipline, confidentiality, school governance and policy. Julie frequently represents schools in administrative hearings, including expulsion hearings, special education due process hearings and related proceedings, and is often called upon to guide districts in drafting policies and administrative procedures in all education law areas. As part of her practice, Julie has conducted numerous professional development workshops for clients and other school organizations.
Susan C. Freedman(860) email@example.com
Susan represents school boards and independent schools with regard to education matters, the Americans with Disabilities Act and general litigation, including special education, at the administrative level and in state and federal courts. In her practice, Susan calls upon her 14 years of experience as a teacher. She is a frequent speaker on education matters for CABE, CONN-CASE, the Connecticut Bar Association and other groups, and is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut.
Alfredo G. Fernández(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Alfredo Fernandez is an associate in the Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense Group, with a focus on International Trade Compliance and Enforcement. He works with clients on compliance and enforcement matters involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and other related U.S. laws and policies, including sanction regulations, customs laws, and antiboycott regulations.
Danielle P. Ferrucci(860) email@example.com
Danielle Ferrucci practices in the areas of estate planning, estate settlement and trust administration. She assists clients with the full range of planning techniques for tax-effective intergenerational and charitable transfers. In addition, Danielle actively administers trusts and advises trustees.
Laura Fisher(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Fisher is an associate in the School Law Practice Group. Laura focuses on legal matters related to private and public educational institutions. Prior to law school, Laura provided English and writing instruction at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts. While in law school, Laura served as an intern in the Office of the General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Court of Appeals.
Andrea Gomes(860) email@example.com
Andrea Gomes is a member of the Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Practice Group. She practices in the areas of environmental law, construction, and land use permitting and litigation. Andrea has represented private companies, developers, and property owners in various site plan applications, administrative appeals, affordable housing matters, and property disputes. She has also represented municipalities, contractors, and subcontractors in their construction litigation matters.
Charles L. Howard(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Chuck Howard is the author of The Organizational Ombudsman: Origins, Roles and Operations-A Legal Guide, and has a national practice in representing organizational ombudsmen at universities and multinational corporations. He has lectured and written extensively on ombuds and related topics. In January of 2002, he was appointed by the United States Sentencing Commission to serve as one of sixteen members to a national Advisory Group to review and recommend revisions to the federal organizational sentencing guidelines. Chuck serves on the ABA Dispute Resolution Council and is also a member of the Dispute Resolution Section Publications Board.
Gabe J. Jiran(860) email@example.com
Gabriel Jiran is Chair of the Firm’s Employer Defense and Labor Relations Practice Group. Gabriel practices labor and employment law on behalf of corporations and public employers. He assists employers in addressing the full spectrum of issues associated with the employment relationship. He negotiates collective bargaining agreements, and frequently represents employers before administrative agencies and courts in labor disputes. Gabriel also litigates employment disputes on behalf of employers.
Aaron D. Levyalevy@goodwin.com
Aaron Levy is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Practice Group. Aaron’s practice involves providing environmental regulatory compliance and transactional due diligence and business counseling with respect to a wide range of federal and state environmental, health and safety laws. Aaron regularly counsels public entities regarding compliance with remediation requirements under federal and state laws, as well as the abatement of hazardous building materials (e.g., asbestos, lead, PCBs).
Jarad M. Lucan(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jarad practices labor and employment law on behalf of both public and private sector clients. Jarad has successfully represented employers in grievance arbitration matters, prohibited practice proceedings before the State Board of Labor Relations, and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. He has also represented employers in cases involving claims of discrimination and retaliation before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and State and Federal Courts.
Peter J. Maher(860) email@example.com
Peter is a member of the School Law Practice Group. He served as law clerk to the Hon. Thomas Vanaskie of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. While attending the University of Connecticut School of Law, Peter was the Assistant Managing Editor of the Connecticut Law Review. Before obtaining his law degree, he was a lead teacher at Centennial School of Lehigh University, where he taught special education.
Ashley L. Marshall(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley is an associate practicing in the areas of labor and employment and school law. Prior to joining the firm, Ashley was a summer associate with Shipman & Goodwin. While in law school, she served as an intern with the Poverty Law Clinic through Connecticut Legal Services and was an Associate Editor for the Connecticut Law Review.
Ashley E. Mendoza(860) email@example.com
Ashley is an associate in the Employer Defense and Labor Relations Practice Group, practicing primarily in the area of immigration law. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Connecticut and New York chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ashley has dedicated her career to immigration law, practicing exclusively in this area for the past five years.
Richard A. Mills(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich represents numerous boards of education and other school law clients in labor, employment and school law matters. Rich counsels school law clients in a wide range of matters, including student discipline, Board of Education policies, First Amendment issues, Freedom of Information Act issues, residency matters and budgetary matters. He also advises school law clients extensively on labor and employment matters. Rich also negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of school law clients, and has represented numerous clients in mediation and in interest arbitration proceedings.
Peter J. Murphy(860) email@example.com
Peter represents public and private sector employers in a broad array of cases, with a focus on cases involving claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, first amendment retaliation, and other labor and employment disputes. In addition, Peter advises employers on issues such as employee discipline, disability accommodations, and internal investigations, and provides training and seminar presentations on those issues.
Saranne P. Murray(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Saranne represents public and private sector employers and non-profit organizations in all aspects of employee relations and employment law, including personnel policies and practices, equal employment opportunity, collective bargaining and related matters. A widely recognized authority on public sector collective bargaining, Saranne is counsel to a significant number of municipalities and serves as special counsel to the State of Connecticut, where she has worked with the State Board of Education and the state’s Division of Criminal Justice.
Matthew Ranelli(860) email@example.com
Matthew Ranelli’s practice includes environmental, energy and land use law. Matt represents schools, municipalities, developers and other end-users regarding clean energy projects, green building standards, energy conservation and efficiency projects, energy savings performance contracts, electric and natural gas purchasing, and managing energy options.
Jessica Richman Smith(203) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica has experience working with educational institutions includes serving as Deputy Executive Director with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and a term as a middle school English teacher with Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County. Jessica has negotiated education contracts, developed school system policies, and led negotiations for both state and federal accountability policies.
Jessica L. Ritter(860) email@example.com
Jessica represents boards of education in both general and special education matters, as well as labor disputes and employment litigation arising in the education context. Jessica has negotiated certified and non-certified collective bargaining agreements on behalf of numerous boards of education and has represented public employers in arbitrations and in a wide variety of administrative proceedings before various state agencies.
William J. Roberts(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
William Roberts is a partner in Shipman & Goodwin LLP’s Health Law Practice Group and is the Chair of the firm’s Privacy and Data Protection group. As Chair of the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Client Team, Bill routinely advises clients on data privacy and security laws, particularly as those laws intersect with the health care industry. Bill is regularly asked to speak and write on a variety of health care and data privacy topics.
Kevin M. Roy(860) email@example.com
Kevin represents public sector clients with respect to the full complement of labor and employment matters, including contract negotiations, interest arbitration, contract administration issues, grievance arbitration cases, prohibited practice proceedings, administrative appeals of decisions of the State Board of Labor Relations filed in Superior Court, and applications to vacate arbitration awards filed in Superior Court.
Rebecca R. Santiago(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca assists many school districts with labor relations, employment and education matters. She serves as the chief negotiator for a number of school districts in contract negotiations with non-certified units as well as teacher and administrator negotiations and represents districts in interest arbitration proceedings.
Daniel Schwartz(860) email@example.com
Dan represents employers in various employment law matters such as employment discrimination, restrictive covenants, human resources, retaliation and whistle blowing, and wage and hour issues. He has extensive trial and litigation experience in both federal and state courts in a variety of areas, including commercial litigation and trade secret enforcement. Dan is the author of the independent Connecticut Employment Law Blog. The blog discusses new and noteworthy events in labor and employment law on a daily basis.
Gary S. Starr(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary provides practical advice to a wide range of educational clients in the private and public sector, bringing over 30 years of experience to counseling clients in traditional labor relations matters as well as human relations problems. Gary also defends employers in state and federal courts, regularly appearing before judges, juries, and administrative agencies.
Clarisse N. Thomas(203) email@example.com
Clarisse currently practices in the areas of employment law, employment litigation, business litigation and product liability and tort litigation. She also conducts trainings for the firm’s corporate clients in various aspects of employment law, including sexual harassment prevention trainings for supervisory and managerial employees.
Christopher A. Tracey(203) firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris represents public school districts in all areas of school law, and has a particular experience regarding special education, education reform, and budgetary matters, including issues related to Connecticut’s statutory “Minimum Budget Requirement.”
Linda L. Yoder(860) email@example.com
Linda has over 25 years of experience advising public and independent schools and colleges on education matters. Linda has worked with many school districts throughout the state on general education, litigation and special education matters. She currently focuses her practice in the areas of special education, investigations of discrimination claims including Title IX, sexual harassment or race discrimination, and representation of schools in administrative and court litigation matters involving such areas as First Amendment rights, student discipline, or contract disputes.
Henry J. Zaccardi(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry Zaccardi represents public and private employers and non-profit organizations in all aspects of labor relations and employment law. This includes personnel policies and practices, Freedom of Information Act issues, wage and hour disputes, drug and alcohol testing, family and medical leave, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, occupational health and safety and related matters and regulatory compliance.
Gwen J. Zittoun(860) email@example.com
Gwen represents boards of education in relation to special education, Section 504, restraint and seclusion, student discipline, board policy development and revision, and general education matters. Gwen frequently speaks on education issues, including privacy and confidentiality of student information, bullying and Section 504.