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Partner & Deputy General Counsel - Anne H. Littlefield

Anne H. Littlefield

Partner & Deputy General Counsel

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Anne Littlefield represents 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. She negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of schools, including representation in interest arbitration proceedings as needed. Anne works with schools to address issues such as bullying and sexual harassment. She is often called upon to advise schools regarding professional boundaries and child abuse and neglect issues.  In her role as general counsel to boards of education around the state, Anne facilitates self-evaluation and goal-setting sessions. She also leads Shipman & Goodwin's model policy project, which provides policy support and guidance to a number of school districts. In addition, she is a frequent author and speaker on education matters.

Anne serves as Deputy General Counsel to Shipman & Goodwin. From 2010 through 2017, she was Co-Chair of the firm's School Law Practice Group, and from 2011 through 2017, she served on the firm's seven-member Management Committee.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Education Law (2010-2019)
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" (2012, 2017): Best Lawyers Hartford Region Education Law
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Schools & Education (2006, 2013-2018)
  • New Leaders of the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune (2003)

Teaching Positions

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Education Law (former)
  • Western New England College School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Education Law (former)
  • Quinnipiac University Educational Leadership Program: Adjunct Professor, Education Law (former)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Education Law Committee; Vice Chair
  • Connecticut School Attorneys Council: Former President
  • National School Boards' Association Council of School Attorneys: Former Member of the Board of Directors
  • Rhode Island Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • St. John’s Episcopal Church, Vestry

Development of Model Policies for Schools

Develop model policies for numerous school districts. The model policy project provides comprehensive policy support and guidance, as well as necessary policies, regulations and forms to promote timely and comprehensive legal compliance for the operation of school districts.


November 9, 2018  CLE Event: Professional Ethics for In-House Counsel
September 6, 2018  Regional Transition Network: Legal Issues Regarding Secondary Transition
December 1, 2017  ACES Tech Council Meeting
October 3, 2017  Symposium on Student Safety
November 18-19, 2016   2016 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
November 16, 2016  Webinar: A School Attorney's Guide to ADA Accommodations for Employees
October 20-22, 2016   NSBA Council of School Attorneys 2016 School Law Practice Seminar
March 17, 2016  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2016 Public Sector Legal Update
May 15, 2015  2015 New England School Climate & Anti-Bullying Conference
March 19-21, 2015  National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys 2015 School Law Seminar
January 26, 2015  Connecticut School Counselor Association (CSCA) Hartford County Middle and High School Counselors Professional Development Conference
November 14-15, 2014  2014 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
October 1, 2014  CABE: Special Education - The Law, the Process and Hot Button Issues
March 13, 2014  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2014 Public Sector Legal Update
November 16, 2013  2013 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention

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  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Harvard Divinity School, M.T.S., 1992
  • Boston College, A.B., 1989,
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT

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